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Pensioners will receive a 10% discount on all soweto tours

South African residents bringing international guests on a tour will be eligible for a discount.

Soweto accommodation

Liliesleaf Farm

 Liliesleaf aims to bring the events that took place in Rivonia 45 years ago into South Africa’s current socio-political context by allowing the original infrastructures to recreate the living and working environment at the time of the raid.
Liliesleaf Farm

Soweto Tour and Power Swing
Experience a full day Soweto Tour with the Twin Towers Power Swing included
Soweto Tour and Power Swing

Shebeen/ Evening Tour
Try something a little more adventurous for office party and sample some true African Hospitality
Shebeen/Evening Tour

An Amazing Race
The participants are divided into groups, and squeezed into Soweto.co.za taxi’s with a tour guide. Groups must work together and follow the clues to their next destinations. Once at a destination, tasks must be done, to receive the next clue
An Amazing Race

Johannesburg/ Soweto Tour
From Colonialism through Apartheid to Democracy - Johannesburg and Soweto tour.
Take your Soweto tour a step further - why not spend part of the day seeing Johannesburg and how it's growth and history are directly linked with that of Soweto's.
Johannesburg/ Soweto Tour


The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary provides a safe-haven for our elephants and offers a platform for guest education and interaction.

The Elephant Sanctuary

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Liliesleaf Farm Tour

 

NOTE – our tours always have a driver and a separate guide
This is both a SAFER way to do a tour as well as being sure you will have the guides full attention throughout, as he will not be driving and guiding at the same time.

 

Guided tours with a site guide: R 110.00 per personLiliesleaf Farm
Self-guided tours: R 60.00 per person
Valid: 2014

  “It was also apartheid South Africa that went on trial: the farm, the escape from prison and subsequent trials became a catalyst for internationalising the struggle, which eventually assisted in bringing down the apartheid state and laying the foundations for contemporary South Africa.”
( Liliesleaf Trust)

Liliesleaf aims to bring the events that took place in Rivonia 45 years ago into South Africa’s current socio-political context by allowing the original infrastructures to recreate the living and working environment at the time of the raid. The restoration process was a collaborative effort between archaeological findings, oral recollections and archival and historical research to document the history of the liberation struggle for current and future generations.

The Learning Centre comprises the following:

The Learning CentreResource Centre
The Resource Centre will sustain the tradition of intellectual discourse that took place at Liliesleaf through its collection of historical documents and literature. It will provide academics, scholars, the public, and local and international visitors access to historical material, records and critical theoretical writings and analyses of the Liberation Struggle.

Museum
The Museum consists of Manor House, the Thatched Cottage, the Outhouse Buildings and the Water Tank Coal Bunker. The Museum will offer a snapshot of South Africa’s recent history, which will be disseminated in an interactive and experiential manner.

Liberation Path
Connecting the Resource Centre with the Liberation Centre is Liberation Path. Lining Liberation Path will be authentic struggle posters.

Liliesleaf and the Rivonia Trial
Commemorating a strategic point in South African history

Liliesleaf was the site responsible for breaking the resounding political silence of the 1960s and represents a beacon on the landscape of national and international memory. A farm of 28-acres, Liliesleaf had been purchased in 1961 by the South African Communist Party as a meeting place for the Politburo.  Liliesleaf, 12 miles from the Johannesburg city centre, was purchased because it was in a secluded and isolated area of Rivonia at that time.

Liliesleaf RivoniaThe Sharpeville Massacre

The system of institutionalised racial discrimination continued to intensify and, in 1960 South Africa was in the grip of an overwhelmingly oppressive apartheid regime. On 21 March 1960, a peaceful protest against apartheid laws resulted in the Security Police killing 67 unarmed demonstrators and injuring over 180; many of those killed and injured were women and children. Uproar amongst the oppressed was immediate and the following week saw demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots around the country. The Communist Party (in 1950) and the African National Congress (in 1960) had been banned and were forced to go underground.  The events of Sharpeville were seminal within themselves as they forced the ANC to move away from passive resistance to armed struggle. The purchase of Liliesleaf coincided with the ANC’s shift to armed struggle.  

“In the face of violence, many strugglers for freedom have had to meet violence with violence. How can it be otherwise in South Africa?” (Walter Sisulu: 1963, Freedom Radio Broadcast)

It was on 11 July 1963 that members of the Security Police raided the farm after an anonymous tip-off that Walter Sisulu was in hiding at Liliesleaf. The leadership that assembled had done so with the intention that this would be their last gathering at Liliesleaf and that after discussion about Operation Mayibuye, ironically translated as ‘The Return’, they would relocate. The consequences of the raid were disastrous to the internal struggle and the liberation movement. The raid on Liliesleaf led to the arrest of a number of key leaders of the High Command, stalling the momentum of the liberation struggle in the process. The arrests and subsequent trial however, catapulted South Africa’s prevailing socio-political conditions into the international spotlight.

“They are sentenced to be shut away for long years in the brutal and degrading prisons of South Africa. With them will be interred this country’s hopes for racial co-operation. They will leave a vacuum in leadership that may only be filled by bitter hate and racial strife” (Chief Albert Luthuli)

Nelson Mandela
Arthur Goldreich
Ahmed Kathrada
Andrew Mlangeni
Nelson Mandela
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment
Arthur Goldreich
Escaped from Marshall Square with Harold Wolpe through Swaziland and Botswana.
Ahmed Kathrada
Found guilty on one charge of conspiracy. Sentenced to life imprisonment.

Andrew Mlangeni
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment.

Denis Goldberg
Elias Motsoaledi
Govan Mbeki
Harold Wolpe
Denis Goldberg
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment.
Elias Motsoaledi
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment
Govan Mbeki
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment.
Harold Wolpe
Escaped from Marshall Square before going to trial. Went into exile in the United Kingdom
James Kantor
Lionel Bernstein
Raymond Mhlaba
Walter Sisulu
James Kantor
Arrested after the escape of Harold Wolpe, but later discharged from the case.
Lionel Bernstein
Found not guilty, rearrested, released on bail, later to flee the country.
Raymond Mhlaba
Found guilty on all counts, sentenced to life imprisonment.
Walter Sisulu
Found guilty on all charges, sentenced to life imprisonment.

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