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IIn the heart of Cape Town, on St George’s Mall, stands a century-old building designed by the famous architect Sir Herbert Baker. Built in 1903 to house the newly founded De Beers mining corporation, it was donated to the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in 2003 and now serves as their headquarters.
For many years the beautiful building, with granite quarried from Table Mountain, was known as Rhodes House after Cecil John Rhodes. Rhodes began a scholarship programme in the early 1900s to award bright young minds with the ability to study at Oxford University in England. In recent years the scholarship was taken on by Nelson Mandela, with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation being formed.
TToday Mandela Rhodes House not only forms the headquarters for the Foundation, but also has a number of rooms rented out to similar institutions. The top floor is used as a penthouse for VIPs and guests of the Foundation.
Mandela Rhodes Building
NNearby, a modern multi-storey building called Mandela Rhodes Place hosts a hotel, retail space and apartments. Four other historic buildings have been restored and integrated into the general area of the Mandela Rhodes Building.
The nearby hotel, which is linked to the Mandela Rhodes Building, shows Madiba’s life in 14 stages. From his childhood to his death, you can find information on how he lived and changed the face of South Africa forever. Along with artworks depicting him, there are a number of paintings and sculptures of other great struggle heroes such as Desmond Tutu. Be on the lookout for a piece of the Berlin Wall, which was gifted to Tata Madiba. The piece now sits outside the Mandela Rhodes House, symbolising freedom from oppression.
The Western Cape was the first place that Europeans settled in the country, in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck’s three vessels landed at the Cape. As employees of the Dutch East India Company, they had come to establish a halfway station for ships travelling to and from the East. Their influence is evident in the buildings, some of which are 350 years old, and culture of the Western Cape.
Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.
The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.
We really love eating, so join us at the table and tuck in.
From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.
The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.
Prepare to be enchanted by whitewashed fisherman’s cottages, seasonal wildflowers, seafood fresh from the sea, and wines with complexity and conscience.
Gumboot dancing was originally a means of communication amongst miners who were forbidden from talking to one another.
A walk up the beautiful Company’s Garden, at the top of Cape Town, takes you to the South African Museum.
The Iziko Slave Lodge tells a story of slaves who were captured in South East Asia and brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company.
Footsteps to Freedom will take you on a walking tour of all the great struggle sites in Cape Town.
Bishopscourt is a spellbinding residential suburb that boasts a rich history, lush valleys, oak-lined trees and pristine homes.
The old official residence of the president of South Africa, Groote Schuur, is the very place where the country’s bright, new future first came into being.
There’s much more to Stellenbosch than wine. The town is also an arts primer, boasting the Mandela Memorial Square among other artworks.
Cape Town City Hall is indeed a grand old building.
Houses of Parliament – the heart of Cape Town
St George's Cathedral kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.
At the V&A Waterfront, visitors can view the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, which has a remarkable story to tell about the early occupation of the Cape by the Dutch East India Company. But the battery also has much more to offer the visitor ...
Tribute to great men Nobel Square, Cape Town
With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA)
Cape Malay Heritage Tours are a great way for culturally-minded travellers to experience one of the Western Cape’s oldest and most distinctive societies.