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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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Quite emotional to visit

Went to this house as part of my tour of the wonderful Soweto. Was great to see this humble home that such a great leader lived in. Simple and yet lovingly restored showing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We visited Mandela House as part of an excellent tour of Soweto with Cashan Africa. The house is small, and packed with photos and mementos, although some are a bit tacky. It is obviously a big tourist draw and was packed on the day we visited, and we were rushed through by a student guide. Unfortunately the street outside has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Went to this house as part of my tour of the wonderful Soweto. Was great to see this humble home that such a great leader lived in. Simple and yet lovingly restored showing original items owned by nelson himself. The local guide was really passionate and informative. A must see if you are visiting Soweto.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Tour with student guide only takes 20 minutes but definitely a must see. The bullet hole and fire damage from petrol bombs used during police raids are still visible. Amazing to see the tiny size of the house that Mandela and Winnie lived in. Some great artefacts of both Mandela and Winnie including photos and correspondence.Our kids who have learned... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went here for a short visit during our Soweto tour. We did not have a lot of time, but were still impressed as much by the history as by the place itself. It is not large, but that is part of what makes it special.

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Greve, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It's of cause interesting to see Mandela's house, but it's just a house in Soweto. The surroundings are all based on selling stuff to tourists. Not that exiting. However, if you are interested in studying some of Mandela’s private stuff, it is probably the right place to go.

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was a must see on a tour of the township, small house which brings home to outsiders what the accommodation was in the area at the time for possibly the better off, more educated/employed people I found it strange as it seemed not be sure if it were a memorial to the man himself or to Winnie Mandela, on... More 

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Since I was ill the day we visited, it was hard to completely enjoy the experience. The displays were set up well and the guided tour was short and to the point. However, the staff seemed a little reluctant to answer questions. Before entering Mandela House, a street vendor approached us with his contortionist act. We had just arrived in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A place with amazing stories contained within its walls. I recommend taking the option of the free (except for a tip) guide who is provided once you're inside. Our guide really brought the heart-wrenching stories to life and helped order the timeline of events.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We toured the Mandela House in Soweto. It is a very simple house, but display shows the life of Mandela in pictures, books, paintings, writings. The tour guides are knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions that you might have. Well worth the visit as you gain an even better sense of the man and his lifelong journey. Would recommend... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The first house he returned to ...but only for a short time(11 days).in such close quarters and with nosey neighbors ....it couldn't last. And knowing the struggle the precipitated this....and continued....there is no way to not be moved! As a Southern American ....the pain ,anger ,and guilt resonates!

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