The year is particularly significant for South Africa because it marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. To honour his centenary South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are directing travellers to 100 places of importance to him.

South African Tourism has earmarked 100 experiences, attractions and destinations throughout South Africa which have strong ties to the late anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader.

To tap into the experiences, travellers can download the Madiba’s Journey App, which allows them to see Mandela inspired attractions on a map and build their itineraries around them.

Nelson Mandela

People will be encouraged to visit as many of the 100 places and experiences that Mandela touched as they can during their trip to South Africa.

The app details the relevance of each location and offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions.

Locations include his birthplace in Qunu, his family home with Winnie Mandela in Soweto, to Robben Island and Nobel Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.


“The significance of launching this initiative at Africa’s Travel Indaba is to commemorate the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world.”

South Africa Tourism COO Sthembiso Dlamini said. 

Nelson Mandela Centenary package deals are also available on South African Tourism’s platforms while the Tourism Month celebration in September will be held in the Eastern Cape the province where Nelson Mandela was born.

Delegates at Africa’s Travel Indaba, which is being held in at the Durban International Convention Centre this week, are also experiencing plenty of Nelson Mandela themed installations.


The piece-de-resistance a large banner featuring Mandela’s face, along with 100 unique postcards displaying the 100 places of significance to Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Delegates are invited to take home the postcards when visiting the stand.


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