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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 Street is perhaps the most famous street in Soweto, or in all of Johannesburg, South Africa. The street claims a rather unique distinction, being the only street in the world to have once had as residents two Nobel Prize winners. Those...
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A few weekends ago I went on a guided inner city tour offered by Tour Operator, Past Experiences. My guide Jo, was very friendly and had loads of information to share about this specific area (Ferreirasdorp), including multi-cultural and...
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8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg, 1804, South Africa
Make sure you don't rush when you visit the museum and its nearby memorial. Both are dedicated to the students' struggle against Apartheid. The museum is well designed, and although it isn't huge, there's a lot of information to take in. The...
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11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
The court is housed in a beautiful building atop Constitution Hill. Outside is the old jail, the new Flame of Democracy, and the even newer bust of Ghandi (he was jailed here 4 times). Inside, the art is incredible. Worth the trip just for it.
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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 sculpture "Release" in photographs, but nothing can prepare you for the interactive experience of visiting the sculpture in real life. First, a walk through the (temporary) museum. Tall printed...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa

One of South Africa’s most famous sights is Robben Island, located seven kilometers (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 back to the 17th...

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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
"...no one can blame brave just men for seeking justice by the use of violent methods; nor could they be blamed if they tried to create an organized force in order to ultimately establish peace and racial harmony." -Chief Alber Luthuli: Statement...
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -Nelson Mandela, June 1999 Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum is a powerful and extensive museum documenting the rise and...
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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.