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TThe Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre is situated in the Eastern Cape, in the village of Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up. Built on the ruins of Madiba’s primary school, the centre consists of community halls, craft-manufacturing buildings, an administration centre, dining hall, a museum, resource centre, restaurant and sports halls.
GGuided tours of the area are conducted from the Youth and Heritage Centre and include stops at the local graveyard where Madiba’s three children and parents are buried, both his current and original homes, the local church, and various places important to his childhood.
Mostly the centre serves as a conference and events venue for the surrounding community. Although other companies are able to hire out the facilities, preference is always given to local events no matter how big they are.
Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre
Home to glorious stretches of beaches, mountainous terrains, jaw-dropping rock formations, a rich catalogue of plant and wildlife which includes the Big 7 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, Southern Right whales and Great White sharks), South Africa’s Eastern Cape province is also the birth place of the late global icon and humanitarian - Nelson Mandela. The acclaimed leader, whose birthday is celebrated globally through acts of kindness on 18 July, was born and raised amongst this province’s lush valleys and winding rivers.
Cultural villages and museums in South Africa are great places to learn more about Xhosa traditions and how these express the culture and beliefs of this ancient Eastern Cape people.
South Africans are a diverse mix of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and the many museums scattered around the country preserve rich histories, heritages and cultural traditions.
The ‘Wildlife Route’ from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown/Makhanda in Eastern Cape offers a journey through European/Xhosa frontier history, exquisite birds, elephants and scenery, and delicious food.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, boasts a diverse collection ranging from European and Asian art to many local pieces reflecting South Africa’s cultures.
Xhosa culture remains as strong, colourful and enchanting as ever among the approximately 7-million Xhosa people.
Take a drive from Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth and explore the pubs, beaches, restaurants and seaside adventures that come with one of South Africa’s top coastal areas.
There are many well-known historic and contemporary art works on display in art museums and galleries in each of South Africa's 9 provinces, with many important permanent art collections centred in the country's major cities.