Table of contents for Johannesburg - South Africa
The Wonder Cave is situated at the 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.
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 km are covered by steps (45 degrees) , Next 22 km by lift & rest 20 meters by walk.
The cave has about 14 stalactites & stalagmites, formation up to 15 meters. The formation is of different shapes like Mushroom, popcorns, straw, Mother Mary etc.
Weekdays – 08.00 to 16.00 hours
Weekends – 08.00 to 17.00 hours
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 the Apartheid Museum. If one has time to just visit one place in Johannesburg then it is suggested to visit the Apartheid Museum. Within 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.
The Apartheid Museum is a journey, not a destination. A journey to understanding, freedom & equality.
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.
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 artefacts 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.
Tues. to Sunday- 10.00 – 17.00 hours
Adult – 55 Rands
Children – 35 Rands