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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We weren't allowed to see the fort without buying tickets for the concert happening next door. No where was there official information about where to buy genuine tickets or for how much, only plenty of security guards trying to get us to buy tickets off their friends.
Some even claimed not to know there even was a fort, but still insisted we could get tickets off their friends... this did not seem right to us!
The other historic buildings visible without entering the complex are much newer, quite run down & not in anyway connected to the original fort, only its time as a prison. All the available history presented was also about recent history only, starting with apartheid.
There was also someone smoking weed & others sleeping on the pavements.

Not recommended!

Thank C1tten5
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

one of pleces gives you nice experience
if you like to take historical photos you must go there
its nice

Thank Abdulla-Salem
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

You will have to buy a ticket down at the Visitors Center near the Constitutional Court. This will allow you to go to the inside of the Johannesburg Fort as well as the Men's Prison and the Women's Prison. In the fort look out for a Mandela Exhibition called "the Sands of Time" - it is very interesting with diaries and letters of the great man while he was in prison. Look at the awesome mosaic in the main exercise yard of Johannesburg from the sky. Spend time looking through some of the old buildings - some of the oldest in Johannesburg.

Thank RoddyPayne
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

There is not much left of the original fort, but the main entrance and other areas have been restored. It was converted into a prison and Nelson Mandela spent time here in a disgusting cell. Also you can see the isolation cells which will make you weep. You can visit the fort, the woman's prison next door and the whole Constitutional Hill complex in one go, although it will take you a few hours - for tourist I suggest a guided tour.

Thank Susan V
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our South African friend brought us here on the day of our arrival to Joburg and it was- I have to say -the best introduction to the local and SA national history. The Johannesburg Fort is part of the complex called Constitution Hill. The structure is one of the oldest in Johannesburg. It was build in 1893 by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War..
The tours are guided. After buying the tickets we were directed to watch the introductory movie followed by the actual interesting tour. The guide described the challenges and humiliations of prisoners' daily lives and we visited the original cells and facilities. One of the highlights of the visit was an opportunity to see the museum of Mandela and Gandhi, two probably most prominent prisoners of Johannesburg Fort. Mandela was the only black prisoner in this all-whites section of prison. Our guide was knowledgeable and accommodating and made this visit educational and meaningful. From the Johannesburg Fort we proceeded to Constitutional Court.
Johannesburg Fort hosts a very nice restaurant serving simple good food - The Hill Cafe.

Thank podrozniczka60
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