Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wonder Cave & Apartheid Museum – Johannesburg (South Africa)


1. Rhino & Lion Park -- Johannesburg (South Africa)
2. Wonder Caves & Apartheid Museum  -- Johannesburg (South Africa)
3. Revisit to Johannesburg  -- Johannesburg (South Africa)
4. Lion Park -- Johannesburg (South Africa)
5. Sterkfontein caves -- Johannesburg (South Africa)
6. Johannesburg city tour  -- Johannesburg (South Africa)

The Wonder Cave is situated at cradle of Humankind, World Heritage site (inside Lion Park).
The wonder cave is the third largest natural cave in the country & is believed to be about 2200 million years old. It was rediscovered in the late 19th century by miners who dynamited and excavated limestone for the making of cement.

The cave is 125 meters long, 54 wide & 60 meters deep.

Wonder cave 

Wonder cave 

Entrance by the guided tour only & takes 45 minutes to cover the cave. The pathways are well lit, wide and it is not necessary to clamber or crawl. The 60 meters deep cave can be accessed by the combinations of steps, lift & walk. The first 18 kms are covered by steps (45 degree) , Next 22 kms by lift & rest 20 meters by walk.

Way to Cave

Second phase covered by lift

Track used by miners

The cave has about 14 stalactites & stalagmites, formation upto 15 meters. The formation are of different shapes like Mushroom , popcorns, straw ,Mother Mary etc.

Mother Mary

Wonder Cave

Different shapes of stalactites & stalagmites

Weekdays – 08.00 to 16.00 hours
Weekends – 08.00 to 17.00 hours

Ticket Charges
Adult – 60 Rands
Kids – 40 Rands
Last day we had 4-6 hours in our hand before catching the flight to come back to India so we decided to visit Apartheid Museum.If one has time to just visit one place in Johannesburg then it is suggested to visit Apartheid Museum. With in three hours one can see and experience the entire history of South Africa.

The museum is located at Gold reef road. It is one of the most important attractions. The basic principle behind apartheid was simple – segregate everything. Cut a clean line through a nation to divide black from white and keep them divided.

Apartheid Museum 

The apartheid Museum is a journey not a destination. A journey to understanding, freedom & equality.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is dedicated to illustrating rise and fall of apartheid from 1948 to 1994. Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation enforced in South Africa under which the rights of the majority non-white inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed.
On entering the building you are racially classified, you will get the entry ticket printed “white” & Non white” to give you feel that how much it hurts to classify one on the basis of the skin colour.

Entry ticket printed “White” & Non white”

Entry Gate - Apartheid Museum
The museum, built on seven hectares & has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, curators, film-makers, historians and designers. The exhibition, divided into 22 individual areas, comprises of film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the principal events and also human stories.
After exploring the entire museum, I was impressed by the collection and displays regarding Nelson Mandela’s life and the struggle that South African people transcended.

Apartheid Museum

Tues. to Sunday- 10.00 – 17.00 hours

Ticket Charges
Adult – 55 Rands
Children – 35 Rands

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  1. R50 for the good post :)
    Thanks for sharing the post, being in the Joburg for last 6 years, I was not aware of the idea about this museum.