NELSON MANDELA’S HOME: AN AFRICAN HERITAGE
If you are ever opportune to visit South Africa, your visit will not be complete without a stop-over at the Nelson Mandela’s Home that seems to be the most treasured possession of South Africa’s outstanding figure, Nelson Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela’s Home is located at 8115 Orlando West, Soweto. The house was built as part of the then apartheid government’s effort to provide accommodation for the blacks of Soweto. Nelson Mandela and his first wife moved in there in 1946. After their divorce with his first wife, the popular and beloved Winnie joined him in the house in 1958. Mandela and his family called this house home until the 1961 when his ever increasing involvements with the anti-apartheid movement forced him into hiding. After his arrest in 1962, Winnie and the children continued to live in the Nelson Mandela’s Home until she was also arrested. On the 1st of September 1997, Nelson donated the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust and by 2009; the house was open to the public.
Today the house is a museum containing artifacts and items from the life of Mandela. His pictures, his shoes, his study table and other important things will help a visitor relive that moment . Tourists can visit this South African heritage and experience the aura under which the heroic Nelson Mandela planned his participation in the anti-apartheid movement. For Mandela, this house was more than just a shelter, it was his pride. He once wrote: “it was my first true home of my own and I was mightily proud. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.”
Do you want to visit the Nelson Mandela’s home on your next South African visit? You can book here. If you have been there, tell us about your experience in the comments.