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South Africa Wastes No Time Creating Nelson Mandela Tourism Map

March 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

Less than four months after his death, the South African tourist board has launched a new website and interactive map to help visitors relive the life of Noble Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, often referred to by his clan name 'Madiba,' has long been heralded in South Africa and throughout the world for his activism, which included spending 27 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state. As it turns out, he was trying to do just that. When an international campaign got him released from prison in 1990, he became the first president of South Africa just four years later, ending the reign of the apartheid government.

The map leads tourists through 16 attractions across four of the country's provinces, each affiliated with a particular moment in Mandela's life, such as Robbin Island, where he served most of his imprisonment. You can also visit the house he lived in with his family in Soweto and his former stomping grounds at Liliesleaf Farm, where he used to gather in secret with his co-revolutionaries.

Not much time has passed since Mandela's death, but that doesn't diminish the historical value and influence that already exists from his life's work. We understand that making Mandela the main focus of your trip and traveling to all 16 sites is probably a stretch, but no visitor looking to understand South African culture should come and go without appreciating how important he was, and still is, to the people of the country. If you want to get to know the locals and their perspective on life more deeply, spend an afternoon at one of these sites as you pass through.

[Screengrab: Jaunted]

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