Free State

Free State incentives

Many Free State hiking trails feature San Bushman rock art and historic battlefield sites. There is plenty of free roaming game to see on your journey and you can stay overnight in rustic farmhouses, huts, chalets and even a cave.

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Free State incentive highlights

Its wide open spaces and big skies makes the Free State a great outdoor adventure destination. A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village is an unforgettable experience.

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Nelson Mandela attractions

1Robben 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.

2The Mandela Museum, Mthatha

Located in the Bhunga building in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, this part of the 3-location Mandela Museum traces Nelson Mandela's journey as told in his autobiography 'A Long Walk To Freedom'. NB: The Bhunga building will be closed from August for more than two years for renovations. The exhibition will be moved to the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in nearby Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up.

3The Voting Line statue, Port Elizabeth

The Voting Line metal statue at the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth recalls South Africa's first democratic poll - with a triumphant figure of Nelson Mandela at its head.

4The Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre, Qunu

Visit the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre at Qunu and learn more about his youth and the missionary-run school that he attended.

5Mandela 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.

6Liliesleaf 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.

7Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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

8The 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.

9Nelson 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.

10Alexandra 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.