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Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, Johannesburg

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Take a tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, a hilltop precinct that overlooks the downtown area and serves as the home of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Built in the late 19th century by Boer settlers, the complex was used as a prison until 1987--prominent figures like Nelson and Winnie Mandela, as well as Mahatma Gandhi were jailed here. On a tour of the complex, now a museum, you can delve into the country's turbulent history, human rights struggles, and democratic progress. To visit Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and get the most from your holiday in Johannesburg, create itinerary details personal to you using our Johannesburg trip maker.
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  • Well worth the visit. I was already saturated when I arrived from my previous day tours of Soweto and the Apartheid museum. It was a lot to take in, glad I went. 
    Well worth the visit. I was already saturated when I arrived from my previous day tours of Soweto and the Apartheid museum. It was a lot to take in, glad I went.  more »
  • We booked online. We used Uber from our Guest House door to door, we did not get out of our car on arrival until we were inside the complex. Security guards everywhere were very helpful. You enter... 
    We booked online. We used Uber from our Guest House door to door, we did not get out of our car on arrival until we were inside the complex. Security guards everywhere were very helpful. You enter...  more »
  • We had an excellent extended tour led by our guide, Brenda. Truly sobering and thought-provoking visit learning about the history of the apartheid period. And a really cool bonus to get to tour the... 
    We had an excellent extended tour led by our guide, Brenda. Truly sobering and thought-provoking visit learning about the history of the apartheid period. And a really cool bonus to get to tour the...  more »
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  • This was very impactful and incredibly touching to see how South Africans care about their history, present, and hopeful future. Our guide was very generous in sharing so many important details about such a dark past. And the constitutional court is one of the most inspiring buildings I've ever seen. This is a must see if you come to Johannesburg.
  • Safe environment for the whole family - friendly and helpful guards posted around the precinct. Our tour guide Pearl was amazing and the tour itself was very informative. Would 100% recommend a visit and the guided tour to anyone. Tip: book your tickets online it's quick and easy.
  • A very in depth 2 hour full tour narrating the unbearable conditions that political prisoners together with common criminals lived through. A short 10min video summaries what the entire Constitution Hill Precinct is about before the tour commences. The site guides are very informative & willing to explain the timelines of events for you. The art gallery has some truly thought provoking art pieces for you to interpret.
  • I was pleasantly delighted by attending an event here. While the signage to find the parking was missing and at night proves to be a challenge getting into the precinct, the security where helpful and the event area was great, sheltered from the cold winter wind. The toilets cleaned and functional and I would definitely attend another event there.
  • Buying tickets in advance is very helpful because less human contact. And the carport parking is also available free of charge. Make sure you arrive early because there is so much to see and so much to read. Usually on the 21st of March each year there is a human right a festival on the upper tier of the museum. Ticket at R90 for self-guided. 120 for guided tours. This is one of the best museum about South African apartheid make sure you visit it.

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