Mandela House
Mandela House
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9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
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  • Valerie G
    British Virgin Islands234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of our visit to Soweto
    It was my first visit to South Africa and I was so keen to visit Soweto and Mandela House. A group of us went on a Saturday morning. Our tour guide Ms Precious led us through the exterior and interior of the house and gave a great history lesson about Mandela and his tlme in the home with his family. I kept thing “if only these walls could talk”. It was nice just soaking in the atmosphere of the house and the small garden outside. It’s a small house but it is brimming with history including many artifacts and his personal belongings such as his boots. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Just take care when you arrive in the area of the house as there will be lots of folks greeting you with a begging story. Be aware of your surroundings as you make your way inside the property.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expected more in my visit!
    Part of our Gate 1 tour , we stopped at Nelson’s Mandela family house. The cost of this entrance is 60 rand. He moved there with his first wife Evelyn in 1940 however after their divorce in 1957, she moved out. He married Winnie in 1958, and she joined him in this Soweto home. Part of the visit, is seeing pictures of him and his wives, his bedroom, his books-library , some of his letters… I found the house small and I expected more so I was a bit disappointed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • bengtnitram
    Malmö, Sweden286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit a part of history
    A very nice and educating experience that definitely should be part of your visit in Johannesburg. Went there with an Uber from central Johannesburg and the house itself is not that big but there are plenty of things to look at and read so if you read everything available count on spending an hour, tops two hours. The gift shop is part of the ticket both and that could need an upgrade. As we arrived we were "greeted" by street sellers pushing their hats, armbands and what not. These guys are friendly and wants to make a living but you can avoid them if you're quick.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Kim Windvogel
    Johannesburg, South Africa99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A house full of memories, a home full of history
    The Mandela House is a well maintained museum filled with a variety of things that belonged to the whole Mandela family, not just Nelson Mandela. There are pictures and letters and all sorts of documentation to view and the house has a lot of energy inside of it. I suggest taking your time to read all the things that hang on the wall and fully immerse yourself in trying to imagine what the Mandela family had to go through. This can be difficult especially if you go during a busy time as the house is quite cozy in terms of space. The house has a lot of focus on Winnie Mandela as well and I enjoyed seeing her history be recognised within the walls too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Susan K
    New York City, New York1,028 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    From humble beginning rose greatness
    This was Mandela's home and now is a small museum. It has been renovated in parts and contains important clippings and items of historical significance. It is important to include a visit to the Apartheid museum either before or after visiting his home. You can still see the bullet holes on the outside bricks.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
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TravelbugVietnam
Vietnam1,649 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The easiest way to get to Soweto is to take the 2 hour extension tour on the big red hop on/hop off bus. A guide who lives in Soweto gives an interactive commentary on the bus as he points out various landmarks. The final stop is the tiny house where Nelson Mandela lived at the time of his arrest. It is probably of minimal interest to non- South Africans, but your entrance fee contributes to the upkeep of his memory.
Written January 22, 2023
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Valerie G
British Virgin Islands234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It was my first visit to South Africa and I was so keen to visit Soweto and Mandela House. A group of us went on a Saturday morning. Our tour guide Ms Precious led us through the exterior and interior of the house and gave a great history lesson about Mandela and his tlme in the home with his family. I kept thing “if only these walls could talk”. It was nice just soaking in the atmosphere of the house and the small garden outside. It’s a small house but it is brimming with history including many artifacts and his personal belongings such as his boots. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Just take care when you arrive in the area of the house as there will be lots of folks greeting you with a begging story. Be aware of your surroundings as you make your way inside the property.
Written June 2, 2023
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Kim Windvogel
Johannesburg, South Africa99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Mandela House is a well maintained museum filled with a variety of things that belonged to the whole Mandela family, not just Nelson Mandela. There are pictures and letters and all sorts of documentation to view and the house has a lot of energy inside of it. I suggest taking your time to read all the things that hang on the wall and fully immerse yourself in trying to imagine what the Mandela family had to go through. This can be difficult especially if you go during a busy time as the house is quite cozy in terms of space. The house has a lot of focus on Winnie Mandela as well and I enjoyed seeing her history be recognised within the walls too.
Written January 8, 2024
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Rik T
Fredericton, Canada1,403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The Mandela house has been turned into an attraction/museum and they did a pretty good job of showing how he lived. There is lots of memorabilia around and the property is very nicely maintained.

We were there in the morning and there weren't that many people around. It was quiet, respectful, and enjoyable.

The immediate neighborhood felt pretty safe to walk around in too. Just down the street, we bought a beer and shopped a little; there were some nice shops!

It's a pretty quick visit to go through the house and, my opinion, worth the time for sure.
Written October 20, 2022
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Mike
Philadelphia, PA116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We saw this house during a tour of Soweto and we were so glad we stopped. It was an honor to visit a house that had been the residence of such an important global figure. A visit here doesn't last long as the house isn't large but there are displays and information in each of the rooms. Guides are also available for hire on site.
Written March 19, 2020
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bengtnitram
Malmö, Sweden286 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
A very nice and educating experience that definitely should be part of your visit in Johannesburg. Went there with an Uber from central Johannesburg and the house itself is not that big but there are plenty of things to look at and read so if you read everything available count on spending an hour, tops two hours. The gift shop is part of the ticket both and that could need an upgrade. As we arrived we were "greeted" by street sellers pushing their hats, armbands and what not. These guys are friendly and wants to make a living but you can avoid them if you're quick.
Written December 9, 2023
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Boracaybound
Kingscliff, Australia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was nearly put off about some of the reviews and parking . So glad we went in our rental car. using a gps - we were guided right to the door , a young man pointed out a parking spot one door down on the footpath - we paid 20 Rand and off we went - I was certainly not intimidated as others have said on TA or felt like protection . Its a small price for goodness sake there are people everywhere , we shopped a bit and the house is just inspiring !! GO early to beat the crowds
Written January 13, 2020
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1957
Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Part of our Gate 1 tour , we stopped at Nelson’s Mandela family house. The cost of this entrance is 60 rand. He moved there with his first wife Evelyn in 1940 however after their divorce in 1957, she moved out. He married Winnie in 1958, and she joined him in this Soweto home. Part of the visit, is seeing pictures of him and his wives, his bedroom, his books-library , some of his letters… I found the house small and I expected more so I was a bit disappointed.
Written October 28, 2023
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The nº 8115 single-storeyt red brick matchbox where Nelson Mandela lived prior to his arrest and briefly after his release from prison is an historic must-visit for anyone to immerse into his story. According to his words "(...) for me nº8115 was the centre point of my world, the place marked with an x in my mental geography".
Written May 15, 2020
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Susan K
New York City, NY1,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was Mandela's home and now is a small museum. It has been renovated in parts and contains important clippings and items of historical significance. It is important to include a visit to the Apartheid museum either before or after visiting his home. You can still see the bullet holes on the outside bricks.
Written March 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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