Opened as a museum in 2008, Liliesleaf is regarded as one of the best museums in the Johannesburg and has quickly earned acclaim for its insightful tours, well-preserved structures, and tranquil surrounds.
A number of fascinating details about the property will reveal themselves to you during your stay. Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe, or “Spear of the Nation,” which was the military wing of the African National Congress and the Congress Alliance, many important antiapartheid figures passed through the front gates. Their meeting place, the property’s thatched-roof cottage, still stands today, and Nelson Mandela, himself, also lived on the property under an assumed identity.
Ultimately, the farm’s true nature was uncovered in an infamous raid, which led to the incarceration of many ANC leaders, including Mandela. The Liliesleaf experience recreates the tense socio-political climate experienced by the luminaries who visited the property so long ago and challenges visitors to confront the moral dilemmas of the era that still cast a shadow on South Africa today.