Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Gauteng

You are only moments away

NNumber 8115 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is a small, face-brick house where the Mandela family lived from 1946 to the 1990s. Today the house is a museum celebrating his life through artwork and other media.              

Although Mandela did not spend much time in the house with either of his wives, Evelyn Ntoko Mase and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, two of his children were raised there and it retained a special place in his heart all though his incarceration.

Did You Know?
TThe Mandela House Museum is the actual house where the family lived for a number of years in Soweto.

WWinnie was forcibly evicted in 1977 and had to relocate to the Free State with her two children Zenani and Zindzi, but she returned in 1990 when her husband was released. The Mandela family spent 11 days there after his release, but moved to a larger and more secure property in Houghton afterwards.

Mandela House Museum

Food
When to visit
How to get here

TToday the Mandela House is a small but comprehensive museum. The exhibits consist of art, interesting memorabilia, honorary doctorates awarded to the family, and photographs dating back to the 1950s.

There are many interesting things to do in the area. Sakhumzi Restaurant is just a quick walk down the block, and serves a great spread of traditional African food including delicious shisa nyama (literally translates to burnt meat) and stews.

TThe Hector Pieterson Museum is also an iconic and historical stop. This museum honours the 1976 student uprising in Soweto. It was one of the main sparks in the fire that eventually ignited a free and fair South Africa.

Other things to do include a bicycle tour of the area where you can get up close and personal with the people of Soweto, or you could even do a bungy jump off one of the Orlando Towers. This is definitely for those with a slightly more adventurous spirit.

What will it cost
When to visit
How to get there
Who to contact

Related Articles

The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

Vibrant culture
The Old Synagogue - from Jewish place of worship to historic courtroom

Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

Vibrant culture
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – the legacy lives on

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Pretoria Central Prison bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past

Vibrant culture
Pretoria Central Prison bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past

Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.

Rhythm and blues at The Market Theatre

Vibrant culture
Rhythm and blues at The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre has played and continues to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s story.

UNISA - A university with a storied past

Vibrant culture
UNISA - A university with a storied past

UNISA is one of the biggest and oldest universities in South Africa with over 300 000 students and 4000 teaching staff.

FNB stadium - step into the “calabash” - one of Africa’s biggest stadiums

Vibrant culture
FNB stadium - step into the “calabash” - one of Africa’s biggest stadiums

The FNB Stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto Derby featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

St Mary’s Cathedral - Once a faithful bulwark against the forces of apartheid

Vibrant culture
St Mary’s Cathedral - Once a faithful bulwark against the forces of apartheid

St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg is significant in taking a firm stand against apartheid.

House of Dr. A.B. Xuma in Sophiatown - If walls could speak: The fascinating stories inside Dr. A.B. Xuma’s home

Vibrant culture
House of Dr. A.B. Xuma in Sophiatown - If walls could speak: The fascinating stories inside Dr. A.B. Xuma’s home

Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.

Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

Vibrant culture
Emirates Airline Park - How Emirates Airline Park played host to SA’s post-apartheid reconciliation

Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

Nelson Mandela stands tall in Hammanskraal

Vibrant culture
Nelson Mandela stands tall in Hammanskraal

Take a trip through Madibaville and experience the Madiba fever for yourself.

Kholvad House - A landmark of the South African liberation struggle

Vibrant culture
Kholvad House - A landmark of the South African liberation struggle

Flat 13 Kholvad House remains one of Johannesburg’s most treasured heritage gems.

Beyond a reasonable doubt, the Palace of Justice warrants a visit

Vibrant culture
Beyond a reasonable doubt, the Palace of Justice warrants a visit

Nelson Mandela and other political leaders stood trial in the Rivonia Treason Trial at the Palace of Justice in 1964.

The South African National Archives - a repository of South African stories and history

Vibrant culture
The South African National Archives - a repository of South African stories and history

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.

Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility - feel the chill of one of SA’s most notorious gallows

Vibrant culture
Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility - feel the chill of one of SA’s most notorious gallows

The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who lost their lives here.

One last boxing round at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court

Vibrant culture
One last boxing round at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court

Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court houses the statue of Nelson Mandela, the "Shadow Boxer”.

Sakhumzi Restaurant - soak up the kasi flavour at Sakhumzi Restaurant

Vibrant culture
Sakhumzi Restaurant - soak up the kasi flavour at Sakhumzi Restaurant

Soak up Soweto’s rich cultural atmosphere at an important South African tourist destination - Sakhumzi Restaurant.

Regina Mundi Church - a symbol of hope

Vibrant culture
Regina Mundi Church - a symbol of hope

Regina Mundi Church is a struggle landmark and a tourist attraction that continues to serve the community.

Nelson Mandela and his Houghton home

Vibrant culture
Nelson Mandela and his Houghton home

Thousands gathered to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy outside his Houghton home after his passing in December 2013.

Chancellor House – where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Vibrant culture
Chancellor House – where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished.

Nelson Mandela Bridge

Vibrant culture
Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Nelson Mandela Bridge - A fitting tribute to a great leader

Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct - In memory of those who sacrificed everything

Vibrant culture
Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct - In memory of those who sacrificed everything

In memory of those who sacrificed everything Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

Mandela sites in Gauteng

Vibrant culture
Mandela sites in Gauteng

Nelson Mandela’s memory lives on in a number of places in Gauteng where he spent his formative political years, opening a legal practice and starting to play a leading role in the Struggle against apartheid.

Lilliesleaf Farm

Vibrant culture
Lilliesleaf Farm

Home of the Freedom Struggle Liliesleaf Farm

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy