The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation was closed in 2013 to mark the President’s passing. Now, one may stay in it.
The centre is a few hours’ drive from the north of Johannesburg and is located in the Shambala Private Game Reserve. Designed by Mandela’s close friend Douw Steyn, the property opened in 2001 and was a private getaway for the President and his family for quiet contemplation.
The house has an outdoor deck and lounge area, a indoor pool with heating that overlooks one’s private watering hole, as well as a formal sitting room with a fireplace.
Businessmen will take delight in the boardroom, while the Presidential Suite will astound everyone with two private his and hers dressing rooms that come with five bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.
The residence was also styled with distinct African motifs — the roof has the iguana elbow design, which is a symbol of good fortune, while the palisade looks like a traditional kraal (an enclosure for cattle). There’s also a Mozambican style, wood carving by Matsemela ike Nkoana — it was made to honour the heritage of famous politician and humanitarian, Mrs Graça Machel.
The staff will also schedule additional activities, including elephant volunteer programmes, getting up close with the Big Five, or going on an elephant back safari.
Renting this marvellous residence costs up to US$7075.[via Luxury Travel Magazine and Luxe DB]