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Historical Things To Do In Johannesburg

A Gold-Rush Of Things To Do In Johannesburg

This golden city started bursting at the seams, or should we say from the earth, during the 1886 century gold rush after the founding of gold in the Witwatersrand.

The gold rush started when the discovery was made public, and still today

Thousands of people come to Johannesburg to realise their dreams and achieve their success. Click To Tweet

Looking for gold might have been the alpha and omega of things to do in Johannesburg way back when, but today this vibrant city is bursting with activities.

The biggest township in South Africa is located in Johannesburg, once the home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu with the former president Mandela’s residence which is now the Mandela House museum.

You can also find the sombre Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill which is a former prison complex.

Things To Do In Johannesburg Constitution HillThings To Do In Johannesburg Constitution Hill

The Rich History Of Johannesburg

1. Apartheid Museum

The museum opened in 2001, the heart of which is centred around the apartheid story which had the museum acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa.

The Apartheid Museum was the first of its kind Click To Tweet

, illustrating the rise and fall of the Apartheid era.

The museum is a beacon of hope portraying to the world how South Africa is dealing with the oppressive past and how the country is working together towards a better future.

2. Constitution Hill

The constitution hill is a museum which is living with history, Click To Tweet

telling the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy.

Today Constitution Hill is the home of the Constitutional Court, but it used to the home of a prison and a military fort which bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past.

There are few other sites in South Africa which has incarcerated the sheer number of world-renowned men and woman as those held within the walls of the Old Fort, Women’s Jail and Number Four.

3. James Hall Museum Of Transport

In February 1964 the late Jimmie Hall together with the City of Johannesburg established the James Hall Museum of Transport, the most comprehensive museum of land and transport in South Africa.

The museum takes you back in time to land transportation of more than a century ago with which are thematically coordinated, with various exhibition halls.

Together with fascinating collections of animal-drawn vehicles, twee-wheeled vehicles, fire engines, trams and trolley buses, there is a special interest in vehicles which are extremely rare along with an exciting steam vehicle collection.

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4. Liliesleaf

Today Liliesleaf is an award-winning heritage site Click To Tweet

which takes you through the journey to democracy in South Africa, but it was once the centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders.

During the 1960’s Liliesleaf was the headquarters for covert, underground activities including a safe house for many leading figures in the liberation movement where debates on political, military policy and strategy were a common subject of the topic.

This is a neutral place where people from diverse backgrounds with a common vision met to discuss the emancipation from the apartheid regime.

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5. Randjeslaagte Beacon

Randjeslaate was a piece of ‘uitvalgrond’-land which was considered unsuitable for farming, it was thus a piece of land left over from the farms surveyed around it.

The triangular site of Randjeslaagte was an area spanning nine square km during the proclamation of Johannesburg in 1886.

During 1965 the site was declared a national monument and a cairn smoothed it over with cement, whereas the original surveyor’s beacon was a white pole fixed in a cairn of rock and concrete.

Rich With Controversial History

From the proclamation of Johannesburg to the incarceration of world-renowned people to the story telling of an era, the number of things to do in Johannesburg is endless whether you are seeking the thrill of learning more about this colourful countries history or maybe discovering your own little piece of treasure.

If you need to know more about what the historical nature of the city can offer you we are the people you need to contact to find out as much as possible We’ve also got some great tips on how to find cheap flights to Johannesburg and things to do in Johannesburg.

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