South Africa’s official tourism department recently announced the release of a Nelson Mandela-themed map – Madiba’s Journey – that will help tourists discover more about the life of the late South African icon while walking in his footsteps on tailor-made holidays to South Africa.
With 21 points of interest and tourist attractions in total, the map takes the form of an online tool of which there is also a hard copy version so that keen adventurers can collect a stamp at each of the wholly moving landmarks scattered across the Rainbow Nation.
While individuals may want personalised South Africa holidays to last forever; sadly this isn’t the case and with time at a premium, we have listed the top three points of interest to visit on Madiba’s Journey so that you don’t have to.
With many travellers prioritising Cape Town as their arrival portal, four of the 21 points of interest are located on the Cape of Good Hope. The well-known Robben Island is arguably the most moving of all the experiences on Madiba’s Journey.
With Mandela having been infamously imprisoned for 18 years here, tours of Robben Island Museum are equally as motivating as they are heart-rending with the guides – ex-political prisoners – teaching tourists about the strength of human spirit while individuals peruse the confines of bunkers as well as the Maximum Security Prison.
Drakenstein Correctional Centre
The site of the launch of Madiba’s Journey, selected due to its significance as the site of Mandela’s last incarceration for his struggle against apartheid, the Drakenstein Correctional Centre is well worth a trip, located a comfortable car journey away from central Cape Town.
Travellers will witness the proud bronze statue of Mandela guarding the prison gates while tourists are also invited to step inside the large warder’s house in which Mandela served the last 14 months of his entire 27-year long imprisonment.
Tourists are able to tread the very path in which Mandela famously exited Drakenstein in 1990 while travellers can then stop off in nearby Paarl, famous for its wine production.
Kliptown Open Air Museum
For those travellers combining Cape Town with Johannesburg on their South African holiday, the Kliptown Open Air Museum located in the heart of Soweto simply has to be on your top three bucket list.
This is where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955, changing South Africa forever. The Open Air Museum houses countless artefacts that commemorate the work of influential freedom fighter Walter Sisulu.