WATCH: A long walk through Mandela’s Gauteng

2018-11-28 10:00 - PARTNER CONTENT
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Zoleka Filander

Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom has many pauses, many significant places and moments that made him the man that he was, and helped to bring South Africa to freedom. Many of these places are situated in Johannesburg, the city that he chose to live in, and Pretoria, where he was sentenced to life in prison and also where he sat as ruling president. 

Zoleka Filander, a marine biologist who is helping black students from the Eastern Cape to access careers in the sciences, took the opportunity to travel to Gauteng and walk in Madiba’s famous footsteps. Zoleka is one of the 100 young South Africans who was identified by News24 as someone who embodies the characteristics that Mandela was known for. Through this trip, she truly got to immerse herself in the history of one of South Africa’s visionaries.   

This year for the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations,South African Tourism identified 100 experiences, attractions and destinations around South Africa that have strong historical and social ties to his life and which have become familiar to the global community. As part of this celebration we partnered with South African Tourism and offered some young Mandela’s from our Mandela100 project a unique and memorable chance to explore other provinces and cities and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela.

A showcase of South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the South African Tourism Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions. 

Discover all the Johannesburg experiences from the harrowing halls of Liliesleaf Farm to the busy hub of Soweto and as well as many other beautiful spots in Johannesburg and Pretoria with South African Tourism.

This trip was made possible by South African Tourism and South African Airways.

This post is sponsored by South African Tourism produced by Brandstudio24 for Traveller24.