Around South Africa in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela

Around South Africa in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela

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Locals and international visitors to South Africa have now the unique opportunity to explore this magnificent country using a Nelson Mandela inspired tourist attraction map, which has just been launched by the Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.   “To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map, which encapsulates the key points on his life’s journey,” Van Schalkwyk said at the launch at Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town.  This prison is the last place where Nelson Mandela was held before he took his first steps to freedom on 11 February 1990.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa

Established by South African Tourism together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this interesting map highlights all the tourist sites as well as the general places of interest in the four main provinces which defined Mandela’s life.  These include the Eastern Cape, where Madiba was born, grew up and attended the Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured, and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed.

The map includes well-known attractions such as the UNESCO world heritage site Robben Island in Cape Town, where Mandela was imprisoned, and the Mandela house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto – which is claimed to be the only street in the world to have had two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as residents.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa

It also features some of the lesser-known attractions, such as the Kliptown open-air museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People, as well as the Nelson Mandela youth and heritage centre in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was buried as well.

Van Schalkwyk said that this interesting map encourages tourists from all over the world to come to South Africa and walk in the former President’s footsteps.

“The passing of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, in December 2013 sparked a global outpouring of grief. The world paused as we collectively reflected on the life of this phenomenal man and celebrated what he had achieved, not only for South Africa, but for mankind.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa

“Most of the places associated with his life’s journey teemed with visitors, who dedicated private notes and flowers as tokens of respect and remembrance as South Africans and the world tried to come to terms with the loss of the founding father of the nation.  This year, we celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom, and we look forward to welcoming many tourists from around the world to share the South African story and Mandela’s legacy with us.”

The ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map has been made available to trade partners in South Africa and around the world to make it as easy as possible to package Madiba-inspired itineraries. The map is also available online at www.southafrica.net.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa

Come and follow the footsteps of an extraordinary man – Nelson Mandela!

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