A destination guesthouse: Satyagraha in Orchards

Satyagraha Guesthouse: Beautifully restored house where Gandhi spent time when in Johannesburg

Ghandi's statue in Ghandi Square Central Joburg
Gandhi’s statue in Ghandi Square Central Joburg

Ghandi’s philosphy of Satyagraha (non-violent non-cooperation) was born in South Africa and more specifically in what was then the Transvaal, in the first decade of the 20th Century.  Ghandi arrived in Johannesburg in 1893 and stayed at various places during the 12 years he was in Johannesburg. For more on this see Eric Itzkin’s excellent book Ghandi’s Johannesburg.

Source: Satyagraha Guesthouse
Source: Satyagraha Guesthouse






One of the places where Ghandi lived in Johannesburg has been restored by a French Travel Company as a guest house and heritage resource – a really wonderful example of adaptive re-use and sustainable heritage.   The Kraal at 15 Pine Road in Orchards was built by the famous architect Hermann Kallenbach who was a great friend of Ghandi’s. Completed in 1908 Gandhi and Kallenbach lived there until the end of 1909.

Free tours of the house are available, with or without lunch. It is open from 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Sundays. Book a 45-minute tour on 011 485 5928.


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