Top 10: Nelson Mandela attractions

Mandela Capture Site sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose Mandela Capture Site near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal

1 Robben Island

A trip to Robben Island and the Robben Island Museum will shed some light on Nelson Mandela's years in prison. Spend some time in his tiny cell and imbibe the atmosphere of this significant World Heritage Site. more

2 The Mandela Museum, Mthatha

This constantly evolving legacy is housed in the Nelson Mandela Museum, with its two main sites: the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu, and the Bhunga Building in Mthatha. more

3 Mandela Capture Site, Howick

In innovative sculpture is at the heart of this monument to the place where Nelson Mandela was taken into custody by police at the start of his 27-year incarceration. more

4 Voting Line sculpture, Port Elizabeth

Walking around the beautifully made Voting Line sculpture at the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth, you get the true sense of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa. The metal figures represent all the communities who share the land – and who voted peacefully on 27 April 27 1994. more

5 Mandela House Museum, Soweto

Situated at 8115 Vilakazi Street, the Mandela House Museum is where Nelson Mandela lived with his wife Winnie and their 2 children from the late 1940s onward. more

6 Liliesleaf Heritage Site, Johannesburg

Once known as Liliesleaf Farm, this heritage site in Sandton, Johannesburg is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that led to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. more

7 Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

The once notorious 'Old Fort' prison housed many political prisoners - including Nelson Mandela, who was detained here during the 1956 Treason Trial. more

8 The Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg

This iconic Johannesburg bridge was completed in 2003 and is something of an architectural masterpiece that links the areas of Braamfontein and Newtown. more

9 Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

The Nelson Mandela statue on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton is a favourite place for tourists to have photographs taken with a gigantic Madiba. There's another well-known Nelson Mandela statue in Cape Town at the entrance to the Groot Drakenstein prison. more

10 Alexandra Yard Precinct, Johannesburg

Not many people are aware that Nelson Mandela first stayed in the township of Alexandra when he first came to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape. Visit the one-room house on Stanley Road where Madiba lived. more

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