Behind the Scenes in Mandela’s Life
Johannesburg, Shambala Game Reserve, Cape Town
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Joburg is where Mandela found his feet as an anti-apartheid activist, and houses many important sites from his fight for equality.
Arrive into Johannesburg, where you will be staying at the Saxon Hotel. Before its conversion into a boutique hotel, this was the former home of billionaire businessman Douw Steyn, and is where Mandela stayed when he was released from prison. It is speculated that Mandela wrote much of Long Walk to Freedom whilst staying here with his friend Steyn. During your stay, you will spend a day with a legendary storytelling guide Robin Binckes, discovering: Mandela’s first home in Alexandra; the farm in Lilliesleaf where he plotted to overthrow the government; and the home in which he spent his final days in Soweto.
SHAMBALA GAME RESERVE, South Africa
Shambala became a bush haven where Mandela could work on his anti-apartheid work in complete peace.
You will be driven up to the Limpopo Province, where you will have the chance to stay in Mandela’s bedroom in the Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation. His close friend Steyn built this retreat to allow Mandela to work towards reconciliation without interruption. This malaria-free reserve offers the best of Big Five safari and spectacular landscapes. Enjoy wildlife-watching out on a bush picnic to the soundtrack of bird calls, or see the wildlife on a game drive to spot all of the Big Five. Mandela adored Shambala, and in his older age used to spend a lot of his time here entertaining visitors.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa
Mandela left a lasting legacy on Cape Town, with plenty of anti-apartheid history to explore.
Transfer back to Johannesburg to catch a flight down to Cape Town and stay at Ellerman House. Undoubtedly Cape Town’s most indulgent hotel perched above Bantry Bay, enjoy clear views out to Robben Island from your terrace. Once here, you will enjoy a full day of private guiding around the Mother City, focusing on important sites associated with the history of apartheid, such as Pollsmoor Prison. Meet with Christo Brand – Mandela’s white Afrikaans prison guard who formed an unlikely friendship with the black, Xhosa speaking prisoner – for a private dinner for a unique insight into his life. Head across to Robben Island the next day with Christo for a personal tour of the prison centred around his experience with the island’s most famous prisoner.
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