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“Tranquility and Simplicity”
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Satyagraha House
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This was one of the best guest houses I have ever stayed in. It is a museum with some small rooms attached. The museum presents and interprets the development of Ghandi's satyagraha movement (non-violent protest movement). Ghandi lived here between 1908 and 1909.

The philosophy of the guesthouse is simplicity and quality. The rooms are simple but all the linen and decor is quality. There is underfloor heating which kept our toes cosy during our winter visit.

The staff serve all delicious vegetarian meals made from organic food. One finds themselves surrounded by a beautiful and tranquil garden. The sun shines through the trees as the dew reflects her light. Birds flitter and chatter and the breeze says hi, encouraging the leaves to dance for a short time. Mohammad (the manager) is a friendly man and very passionate about the guesthouse.

The one small criticism I would make is that the staff don't tell you the prices of 'additionals' and you may get a surprise on your bill when you check out.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

My 6-year-old son and I stayed at Satyagraha House during a recent visit to Johannesburg. The opportunity to spend a night in a place where Mohandas K. Gandhi had once lived was irresistible. We stayed one night in the Sonia Cottage, just off the main house. The two beds have firm mattresses, and the bathroom was far bigger than I expected. The shower was open to the rest of the bathroom, which is the way often is in India. While it was cold (-3 C in the morning), the cottage stayed relatively warm, although I did not see any central heating vents. The room is very spare with only a single table and a few books, but the availability of WiFi and the books gave us plenty to do in the evening before we went to bed. The food was all veggie. We really loved the bread, mashed potatoes, salad, soup, juice and dessert (a custard pie). The breakfast was outstanding with a full pot of coffee (not Nescafe), orange juice, wheat toast, orange jam, scrambled eggs, and fruit platter. Yet the best thing about the trip was the fact that Satyagraha House is a museum that tells the history of Herman Kallenbach's house and Gandhi's life in South Africa. Director Mohamed El Selhab showed us the museum area, which is in the original house or kraal, which was built to make man and nature feel at one. The entrance has large photographs of Gandhi and Kallenbach. Mohamed showed us an extensive collection of books the museum has, the kitchen, bedrooms, the garden and then he had us crawl up a steep ladder to the attic where Gandhi read, wrote and slept. These are very tight quarters, but probably nothing for Gandhi, the inveterate walker. This is a must stop for anybody on the Gandhi trail in South Africa. (The Mahatma lived in S.A. for 21 years, developing his concept of nonviolent direct action along the way.) We only wish that we could have stayed several more nights. And did I say how peaceful and quiet our stay was? Personable, friendly, available staff.

Room Tip: We enjoyed our cottage, but please ask about one of the rooms in the main house. Also, ask about goi...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We stayed 2 nights in Satyagraha house and in a nutshell, everything was perfect.
- the location, not far from all Johannesburg attractions
- the house and garden, a magic place where Gandhi lived, everything has been fully renovated with very good taste (natural materials, simple design), all details are well thought
- the team , Mohammed and his team are very friendly both available when you need some assistance (to organize your visits for ex) but also respecting intimacy, very respectful whoever you are (friends, all types of families and couples ...)
- the service is efficient and discreet and everything is done to make you feel good and you are "special guest"
- the atmosphere is quiet and warm and you have the opportunity to meet and exchange with other travelers if you feel so, drinking some herbal teal from the garden neat to the fireplace
- the food (vegetarian lunch in respect of gandhi's philosophy) is awesome.
To conclude , it you are looking for ostentatious luxury and big hotel chains dont come to Satyagraha house.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a small, house, with warm people and unique zen charm and want to have a taste Gandhi philosophy, this is the perfect place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

What a beautiful, peaceful place. You won´t feel like a customer, rather like a friend. The staff is great, the rooms are simple but still very comfortable. I loved the smell of the herbgarden and how everything here is made with so much love. Make sure you eat here, the food is from the own garden (all vegetarian), so delicious. The house also has a small museum and the staff can tell you all these stories about Gandhi, so even if you can´t stay here, it´s worth a visit!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

We visited this on our daughters recommendation. It is well worth a visit. In the hussle and bustle of JHB it is an oasis of calm and utter tranquility. The actual house is architecturally very interesting and pleasing to be in. The staff are excellent, the afternoon mint tea( mint from the garden) was delicious, the information from both the guide and receptionist and the information on the walls interesting an well curated. DO go.

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Spent 3 nights in this amazing place. A jewel in the heart of a fast and huge Joburg.
As you enter, you feel the peaceful, quiet, respectful environment of Gandhi. A chance also to stay in a museum ! Very professional and friendly staff and service. The original house is well restored and the new rooms in the garden are bright and big. Will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

This is not a "hotel" but a guest house that is part of the museum--where Gandhi spent five years of his life, where Satyagraha was born--The power of Satyagraha to resist oppressors like the S.A. government, or to overthrow the British Empire is immense. One can understand how it might have gained force here, under the peaceful surroundings and beautiful gardens. The experience is well worth the expense and should be sought out by anyone who wants to live a piece of history during their stay in this historic city. The history of greatness, to live where Gandhi lived, in the serene beautiful surroundings, to experience the silence, peace and a spiritual retreat and to have the wonderful, attentive staff cater to your needs....this is an experience that I highly recommend to anyone who loves history--there are few reasons to go to Jo'berg--the city is like any other metropolis with all sorts of problems, traffic, crime, politics etc., but this city is full of history, most of it so recent it is palpable. And to stay at the Satyagraha house is to really feel a part of that history.
All through the "house" is a living museum, of photographs, thoughtful quotes from Gandhi, historical vignettes that shed light on how it must have been back then, on Tolstoy farm, how Kallenbach and Gandhi got along, how Gandhi's ways influenced Kallenbach among so many others....I am not a history buff but soon began to appreciate the trip back in time, understanding so much about life for the non-whites, what it took to change the minds and hearts of South Africa.
It is not a typical lodging--be prepared to retreat from your own hustle and bustle of life, and spend a few moments meditating, contemplating, understanding, finding your spirituality, becoming peaceful and realizing the immense energy of people such as Gandhi, Mandela, ML King, and how they helped bring people together in the most adverse of circumstances. Peacemaking is never out of style, needed more than ever today, we could all use a little retreat into these great people's lives and hopefully bring back some of their energy to solve today's problems.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Address: 15 Pine Road, 2192, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #61 of 910 B&Bs / Inns in Greater Johannesburg
Price Range: £146 - £392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Satyagraha House 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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