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“Historic venue in the heart of Soweto”
Review of Mandela House

Mandela House
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US$57,36*
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Soweto Township Experience Tour from Johannesburg
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Visiting the Mandela House is an absolute must for anyone visiting Johannesburg.

Located in the heart of Soweto, the house is now a small museum, with guided tours provided.

Full of history and artefacts personally used by Mr Mandela and others involved in Apartheid, the house brings the reality of the Apartheid era to life, along with the subsequent post 1990 transformation.

Vilakazi street (the street the house is situated on) has developed well for tourism, making the area great from which to buy a few souvenirs once you’ve finished viewing the house.

There are also many local restaurants which have now set up on Vilakazi street, making the area great for grabbing some local Soweto food (pap & chakalaka) once you’ve finished viewing the house.

Thank The-Midlander
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"small house"
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"great man"
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"his life"
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"bullet holes"
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"original furniture"
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"small museum"
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"quick tour"
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"two nobel peace prize winners"
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"short visit"
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I first visited Mandela House in about 2002 but when I went last week (March 2018) I was so disappointing. Instead of what was once an interesting piece of history where one could almost experience of living in the house, it has now been turned into a garish, Hollywood-style, experience. Apart from it taking some ten minutes to get our entry tickets, it was not a good experience. One could get no feel for the place, apart from the old kitchen range, and was just a collection of awards and gifts and photos of the great man with world figures. Not worth the visit.

1  Thank John P
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

This was a interesting place to add another piece in the life of Mr Mandela and his family. It has been refurbished but still maintains the history and trauma it has experienced.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We toured Soweto and Johannesburg with a private tour guide with Viator. The Nelson Mandela House is a private residence preserved as a museum. The tour guide provided a fairly informative review of Mandela's life and that of his wife and family. It is a small property on a very busy corner surrounded by shops and street performers. Well worth the visit for some insight into the history surrounding Nelson Mandela and his contribution to abolishing apartheid. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit to see and understand some of Mandella’s history. It has been well preserved to help you appreciate living there. The bullet holes in the front walls are horrific. There are guides who will give you a basic tour and then you can go back and spend time to read and take pics.
There is a tourist shop there also.

Thank Estev0
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