A private residence built especially for Nelson Mandela has opened to the public as a luxury retreat where guests can walk in the footsteps of one of the most iconic figures of recent history. The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, situated just a few hours' drive north of Johannesburg in a vast landscape of pristine African bushveld, was constructed for the former South African president by a close friend and used after his retirement from political life.
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A private residence built especially for Nelson Mandela has opened as a luxury retreat
The property, which is deliberately simple in its design at the specific request of Mandela, can sleep up to 12 people in five master bedrooms and a vast presidential suite, which comes equipped with his and hers dressing rooms.
An indoor heated pool overlooking a private waterhole, large outdoor deck and lounge area, large formal sitting room with a fireplace, boardroom, private dining area and large living room are also included in the offering, which is available for hire from approximately £3,778 per night.
The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation was used by Mandela from 2001
Meals, prepared by a private in-house chef, as well as butler service, are also included in the price tag.
The complex is found on the Shambala Private Game Reserve and promises to be a place of relaxation, contemplation and inner reflection – it was indeed where the late Mandela rested, and where he received dignitaries and friends.
The property offers various spaces, decks and lounge areas as well as an indoor heated pool overlooking a private waterhole
Until now, it had remained closed as a mark of respect since the anti-apartheid icon passed away aged 95 in December 2013.
The centres' opening will no doubt mean the retreat will be another stop on the trail of tourists who wish to learn more about Mandela's inspiring life. Iconic locations already include Robben Island, six miles north of Cape Town where Mandela was a prisoner for 18 years, The Nelson Mandela National Museum in Soweto, and many government sites in Cape Town, where Mandela was once President.