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FFrom the rolling hills and scattered villages of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, to reverent reflections in the prison cells of Robben Island, to the sacred sidewalk on Vilakazi Street in Soweto – follow in the footsteps to freedom of South Africa’s most iconic hero – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. 

Nelson Mandela touched the world with his inspirational story and now, in this, his centenary year, you can experience his legacy at 100 destinations across South Africa.

Download the Madiba’s Journey app, walk in the footsteps of greatness and find the Nelson Mandela in you.

 

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The Iziko Slave Lodge sheds light on the history of slavery in South Africa

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The Iziko Slave Lodge sheds light on the history of slavery in South Africa

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.

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The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

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The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.

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Nelson Mandela’s African journey

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Nelson Mandela’s African journey

As he made his way through Tanzania for the first time since 1962, he arrived in the city of Mbeya. This was a cathartic moment for Mandela, marking the first time he had truly felt free. In Long Walk to Freedom, he wrote, “I then truly realised that I was in a country ruled by Africans. For the first time in my life, I was a free man … I felt the burden of oppression lifting from my shoulders … I was being judged for the first time not by the colour of my skin but by the measure of my mind and character.”

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2010 FIFA World Cup™: Not a bird, not a plane, it’s SA’s flag flying high

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2010 FIFA World Cup™: Not a bird, not a plane, it’s SA’s flag flying high

After 6 years sustained hard work under the watchful eye of global critics, South Africa proved that it could successfully host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

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Freedom Park – a celebration of humanity and freedom

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Freedom Park – a celebration of humanity and freedom

Freedom Park in Pretoria is a celebration of humanity and freedom.

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The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

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The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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Johannesburg City Hall Steps - stand with activists and resistance fighters.

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Johannesburg City Hall Steps - stand with activists and resistance fighters.

The City Hall steps in Johannesburg have seen many protest meetings and people including Nelson Mandela speaking from them.

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Mandela Museum in Qunu and Mthatha

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Mandela Museum in Qunu and Mthatha

Walking in the footsteps of a great man - a remarkable museum dedicated to Madiba

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Mandela Day Marathon - Run for Unity

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Mandela Day Marathon - Run for Unity

Run for unity at the Mandela Day Marathon and enjoy the beautiful KZN Midlands scenery.

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Pretoria Central Prison bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past

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Pretoria Central Prison bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past

Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.

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Footsteps to Freedom - Discover the heart of Cape Town with a walking tour

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Footsteps to Freedom - Discover the heart of Cape Town with a walking tour

Footsteps to Freedom will take you on a walking tour of all the great struggle sites in Cape Town.

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Bishopscourt - A piece of heaven

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Bishopscourt - A piece of heaven

Bishopscourt is a spellbinding residential suburb that boasts a rich history, lush valleys, oak-lined trees and pristine homes.

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Rhythm and blues at The Market Theatre

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Rhythm and blues at The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre has played and continues to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s story.

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UNISA - A university with a storied past

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UNISA - A university with a storied past

UNISA is one of the biggest and oldest universities in South Africa with over 300 000 students and 4000 teaching staff.

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Jozi’s historical transport hub - Park Station

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Jozi’s historical transport hub - Park Station

The Johannesburg Park Station is located between the Central Business District and Braamfontein, and is the largest railway station in Africa.

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Ohlange Institute - Walk a heritage trail like no other to the Ohlange Institute

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Ohlange Institute - Walk a heritage trail like no other to the Ohlange Institute

Visit the Ohlange Institute in Inanda - KwaZulu-Natal - where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote, and tap into critical South African history.

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FNB stadium - step into the “calabash” - one of Africa’s biggest stadiums

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FNB stadium - step into the “calabash” - one of Africa’s biggest stadiums

The FNB Stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto Derby featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

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Mandela House Museum - Small and modest yet so powerful and strong

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Mandela House Museum - Small and modest yet so powerful and strong

The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is now a small but interesting museum where you can learn more about Nelson Mandela's life.

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Groote Schuur Building - The house where South Africa’s freedom was born

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Groote Schuur Building - The house where South Africa’s freedom was born

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.

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St Mary’s Cathedral - Once a faithful bulwark against the forces of apartheid

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St Mary’s Cathedral - Once a faithful bulwark against the forces of apartheid

St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg is significant in taking a firm stand against apartheid.

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House of Dr. A.B. Xuma in Sophiatown - If walls could speak: The fascinating stories inside Dr. A.B. Xuma’s home

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House of Dr. A.B. Xuma in Sophiatown - If walls could speak: The fascinating stories inside Dr. A.B. Xuma’s home

Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.

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Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

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Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

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Soweto Bicycle Tours

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Soweto Bicycle Tours

Experience vibrant Soweto with a bicycle tour through the neighbourhood.

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Naval Hill - Relish in Naval Hill’s beauty

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Naval Hill - Relish in Naval Hill’s beauty

Visit Naval Hill in Bloemfontein and enjoy its views and rich history.

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