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Nelson Mandela’s Former Safari Home Is a Rental for the Rich

In 2001, a Mozambican-style six-bedroom home was built as a sanctuary where Nelson Mandela could relax with his family against the backdrop of the African bush, with elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions and leopards roaming freely nearby.

But now, anyone who can afford to shell out $5,741 a night can rent the late South African president’s villa.

Powwow in style inside the center’s spacious boardroom. (Photo: Handout)

The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, located about 2½ hours north of Johannesburg and nestled among theShambala Private Game Reserve, was also ideal for hosting visitors — like Oprah, who once stayed there — thanks to a large boardroom, dining area and spacious living room.


Until now, however, most guests stayed in the beehive-like chalets of the nearby Zulu Camp.

Thatched-roof accommodations at the president’s former sanctuary. (Photo: Handout)

Up to 12 guests can kick back at the Nobel Prize-winner’s pad, which includes a heated pool and comes with such lap-of-luxury perks as meals prepared by a private chef, butler service, daytime and nighttime game drives, guide-led bush walks, picnics in the bus and a cruise on the impressive Douw Steyn Dam.

The home’s décor is a mix of traditional African materials and designs (including a thatched roof, carved teak doors, hand-woven carpets, tribal fabrics and local artwork), along with original bespoke Italian furniture.


Written by PH

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