Trip Planner:   Africa  /  South Africa  /  Gauteng  /  Greater Johannesburg  /  Johannesburg  /  Soweto  /  Mandela House

Mandela House, Johannesburg

4.2
#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Johannesburg
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Create an itinerary including Mandela House
Once a family residence of South Africa's legendary president, Mandela House features some interactive exhibits and personal objects. Although small, the house provides an important glimpse into Mandela's private life. Using our international travel planner, Johannesburg attractions like Mandela House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to Mandela House

Mandela House reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
703 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • Visiting Soweto was impessive and interesting.. I wouldn't say that the Mandela house is a must see. There was a bit too much touristic activity around the house for my taste. 
    Visiting Soweto was impessive and interesting.. I wouldn't say that the Mandela house is a must see. There was a bit too much touristic activity around the house for my taste.  more »
Google
  • We had an historic experience there. If you’re visiting the place, it’s best to have a guide who would be explaining the ins and outs of the house. Especially some of the memorabilia inside the house, our guide explained the belt he got from Sugar Ray Leonard, the letter in the cupboard, the setup of the house, the fire bombing of the house, the graves on the house, the umbilical cords of the children. I’d recommend this for any traveller, especially for those who didn’t get to experience Mandela. You get to be up close and personal and feel like you knew Mandela. It’s relatively affordable, we went during the Youth Day (16 June) and the fee was R40.
  • Visiting here is like walking in the footsteps of a great man and through his life. To say the least it is a humbling experience. The house is small but cosy. The renovations have certainly helped to restore the place and gives one a glimpse of the Mandela family life. The coal stove and bedroom are true replicas. The volunteers who guide you through the tour shed a lot of light on the history and events associated with the home and family. It is inspiring to think that he came from such a simple background but went on to do such amazing things. Note there are MANY groups performing traditional dances on the street outside. It’s fun to watch however they do expect a tip for their performance. This can be overwhelming on the wallet.

Plan your trip to Johannesburg

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip