In order to commemorate the life of the late Nelson Mandela as well as inspiring modern day travellers to embark on personalised holidays to South Africa, a Madiba Map has been established so tourists can follow in the footsteps of the South African icon.
Taking the form of an interactive online tool, the Mandela map will document key South African destinations that played a huge part in his life, namely Chancellor House, Liliesleaf Farm and Robben Island.
Formulated by South Africa’s tourism board, the organisation will also make hard copies of the map available so Mandela enthusiasts can collect a stamp at each location for more of an interactive, fulfilling experience.
The Mandela directive will appeal greatly to jetsetters who are deciding to pursue South Africa tours – holidays that take in the majority of the Rainbow Nation as opposed to an isolated destination.
With 16 Mandela-infused locations on the entire itinerary, they span four South African regions – the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape – so travellers will be able to appreciate an entire range of landscapes in a fascinating country.
Launched at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, popularly recognised as the site of Mandela’s last incarceration, the map will function as a helpful aid for travellers who have potentially not visited the Rainbow Nation before.
The map is as much for South African natives as well as globetrotters with Thulani Nzima, chief executive of South African Tourism noting “What we are hoping to do is get South Africans to begin to embrace those tourist attractions like they are our own, but also we are building a pilgrimage around this.”