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Mandela House

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Address: 8115 Orlando West, 1804, South Africa
Phone Number: 011 936 7754
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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Interesting to visit, but not extensive

We enjoyed the artifacts in the house, but, as it is very small, there is not much room for interpretation. It's important to have as much information available about this very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the artifacts in the house, but, as it is very small, there is not much room for interpretation. It's important to have as much information available about this very notable leader of South Africa.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Very small and crowded. Prefer to visit the museum instead. Shows how he lived with his first wife. Not much explanation.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

One of the must sights to see in Soweto or during any kind of travel in Mandela's footsteps during a visit in the Johannesburg area. Nice things to see in the house too. Our guide Ali, Ufulu Tours, made it also a bit more significant with stories from around the place.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Mandela House is the home where Nelson Mandela lived prior to being imprisoned. Due to his popularity, returning to the home after his release proved to be impractical, as he stayed only a few days before deciding elsewhere would be better. The home is on the corner of a busy, well-travelled street in Soweto. The property is gated, so... More 

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Forbes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

For anyone interested in politics or the apartheid area, a visit here is a must. Mandela lived here with two wives at different times. Sad to learn that three of his four children by his first wife had pre deceased him, his two kids with Winnie are still going strong. It'll take at least an hour to take it all... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Not much to see, really, but it is an historical site and worth visiting for that reason alone. Be warned of street peddlers, but the area is safe and there is a decent restaurant down the street, right next to the Tutu house (private, no access)

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a very interesting house, not simply because Mandela lived there but also as an example of the thousands of similar houses built at the time. The exhibits inside are pretty basic but there isn't much more that could be said. I think that if they were going to do more as a proper "Nelson Mandela Museum" they would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We did a tour of Soweto today and of course we had to see this. The house is small, the tour is short, the entrance fee is probably not value for money and there aren't lots of Mandela's personal effects there but.....it is the house he shared with Winnie and returned to for 11 days when he was released. A... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We spent < 20 minutes here with our private guide. There is not much to see - some awards, mementos. But this is where he lived before the 27 years in prison. The tour guide at the house did a good job. The neighborhood is packed with tourists and there are a number of nearby restaurants and bars. And you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It's worth it going to Vilakazi St and seeing the part of history for yourself. The house itself is full of pictures and very few personal items. The street is full of traditional african ware vendors plus good food.

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