This May, Madiba’s former safari home on Shambala Private Game Reserve opens to the public for the first time. The Mozambican-style, six-bedroom dream house was built for the late Nelson Mandela back in 2001 as a private getaway for himself and his family by a close friend Douw Steyn. It was closed as a mark of honour since Madiba’s passing in 2013. The Centre reopens this month and will be available for public booking for the first time.
The house is a masterpiece of understatement, warm and welcoming – and elegantly simple. At the request of Mandela, the house as an African look and feel and is deliberately simple. The interiors are mostly of African origin and its Mozambican style of wood carving by master craftsman Matsemela Nkoana was introduced as a tribute to Mrs. Graça Machel’s heritage.
The six-bedroom home can accommodate up to 12 guests with its a large boardroom, dining area and spacious living room.
The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, located about 2½ hours north of Johannesburg and snuggled in the Shambala Private Game Reserve, has the luxury elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions and leopards roaming freely nearby.
So if you desire an holiday like a President, you know where to go to. The Nelson Mandela Center for Reconciliation House can be rented for between ZAR 70 000 – ZAR 85 000 (£3,794 – £4,607) per night for up to 12 people sharing six double rooms with full luxury.