Sanctuary Mandela: Madiba’s pr

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Sanctuary Mandela: Madiba’s presidential home is now a luxury hotel [photos]

Sanctuary Mandela will offer an experience that is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s life while he resided and worked at the property in Johannesburg.

Sanctuary Mandela: Madiba’s pr

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Sanctuary Mandela, a nine-bedroom upmarket property located at the heart of Houghton, Johannesburg, is set to welcome guests on 1 August – with bookings opening on 1 July.

Sanctuary Mandela: From Madiba’s home to boutique hotel

According to IOL, the home of Nelson Mandela has been converted into a luxury hotel. The home saw the former president live there before and during his presidency.

Now, the boutique hotel will celebrate the late South African president and offer spaces for reflection, healing and thought-provoking experiences inspired by his life. John O’Ceallaigh writes that this is the home where Mandela hosted the likes of Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton and it was in the surrounding streets that mourners spontaneously congregated when news of his death was announced back in 2013.

“Guests at the property will literally walk in his footsteps and the aforementioned restaurant will serve some of his favourite dishes,” he wrote further.

Tranquillity, heritage and mindful experiences

What’s more, each of the rooms commemorates Mandela’s many names. The rooms come kitted with modern comforts like wifi, two single beds or a king-size bed, flat-screen TV, aircon and shower facilities. There is also a Presidential Suite that boasts 54square metres of space.

Sanctuary Mandela celebrates life of late statesman

Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group, told IOL that Sanctuary Mandela promises endless moments of healing and reflection.

“The place that celebrates the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, known for his role in fighting apartheid, his 27-year imprisonment, being the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and father of the nation, peacemaker, Madiba or simply Tata.

“Being one of the only presidential homes that members of the public can stay in, Sanctuary Mandela is truly unique. Every corner of the hotel is envisaged to provide the perfect combination. Here, guests can dine on Madiba’s favourite cuisine, soul-search and gain historic insights,” he said.

One of these historic insights includes the opportunity to dine with Madiba’s personal cook. She’ll be sharing details of the icon’s favourite meals, inspiring stories of his time at this historic site and more.

Bookings start at R4 000 per night in a Deluxe Studio while stays in the accurately named Presidential Suite cost from R15 000 per night.