The Story of Satyagraha House- A Heritage Site

September is Heritage Month in South Africa, a month that is dedicated to Celebrating, South Africa’s diverse culture and history. This month I decided to explore and learn about some of Johannesburg history and visit its many Heritage Sites.

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One of Johannesburg Heritage Sites

The History of the House

Mahatma Gandhi spent 21 years living in South Africa, between 1823 – 1914, during which time he practiced law in Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, and Durban.  The Satyagraha House was constructed in 1907, by an Architect called Herman Kallenbach, who was a friend of Mahatma Gandhi.   The design of the house included two hut-shaped rooms and was at the time known as “The Kraal”.  Both Gandhi and Kallenbach lived in this house between 1908 – 1909.

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Over the years the house belonged to many owners, it was finally acquired a French company called Voyageurs du Monde.  After the house was acquired by Voyageurs du Monde,  it was restored to its original state and is now a museum that mainly exhibits the life of Gandhi and the true spirit of Satyaghara.   Visitors are welcome to view guest bedrooms, as well as all the other rooms in the house.

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Tours of the house are free for locals and R70 for International visitors.  They serve vegetarian meals but you have to place an order in advance.  The Satyagraha House is located at 15 Pine Road, Orchards, Johannesburg and more information about accommodation you can visit the website  Satyagraha House.

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