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Madiba's Journey: Tracing Nelson Mandela's Footsteps

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July 18th is Mandela Day, an annual celebration of the life and legacy Nelson Mandela. The Madiba's Journey mobile app highlights 27 locations across 4 provinces and uses exclusive Nelson Mandela Foundation images and audio to help explain the relevance of each place in Mandela's life. While some locations included in the app are known tourist attractions, the lesser-known points-of-interest are what piqued my interest. This trip plan helps you celebrate the life of Madiba beyond Mandela Day.
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Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa
Vilakazi is perhaps the most famous street in Soweto—or all of Johannesburg, for that matter. It’s the only street in the world to have produced two Nobel Prize winners—His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and The Most...
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Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
A modest, three-story building in the Ferreirasdorp area of Johannesburg, Chancellor House once contained the first black law firm in South Africa, opened by Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo at the height of Apartheid. It was here that the two...
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8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg, 1804, South Africa
Well-designed and full of fascinating information, the Hector Pieterson Museum details the charged events surrounding June 16, 1976, when high school students staged a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans as the main language in black...
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11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
A living museum in the heart of Johannesburg, Constitution Hill was built on the 100-acre site of a century-old prison complex, where the leaders of every major South African liberation group—from Nelson Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi—were...
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Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
This is the original handwritten manuscript by Nelson Mandela of his famous statement from the dock at his trial on April 20th, 1964. In this statement he declared that apartheid was "an ideal for which I am prepared to die" These handwritten...
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Mandela Capture Site, R103, Howick, 3290, South Africa
You may have seen photos of Marco Cianfanelli’s Release, but nothing can prepare you for the interactive experience of visiting the sculpture in real life. Start your visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the museum, where tall panels...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa

One of South Africa’s most famous sights, Robben Island is located four miles to the west of Cape Town. Its history as a prison is almost as old as the first Dutch settlement on the Cape, dating all the way back to the 17th century. Today,...

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Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Some of Cape Town's wealthiest residents and some of South Africa's most dangerous criminals both live in the leafy green suburbs of Tokai. Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, the place where Nelson Mandela was transferred after 18 years of...
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7 George Ave, Rivonia, Sandton, 2128, South Africa
Nestled in the suburb of Rivonia, Liliesleaf once served as the headquarters of the ANC and a safehouse for leaders like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, and Denis Goldberg, who met here to strategize under the common goal of...
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum powerfully—and extensively—documents the rise and fall of racial segregation in South Africa. Constructed on a 16-acre plot of land, the museum features a unique design—as you head through the...
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Nelson Mandela Square, Sandown, Sandton, 2000, South Africa
The Nelson Mandela Square is a great place to people watch as there are quite a few restaurants on the perimeter. The huge statue of Nelson Mandela at the top of the square is a favourite place of tourists to get photos taken.