“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
Nelson Mandela famously said that his favourite poem, Invictus, was important to him when he was incarcerated on Robben Island, as he recited it to himself and other prisoners as a source of upliftment. This lesson of courage and perseverance is something that Mandela continued to demonstrate after his release from prison and the message of hope is still prevalent 100 years after his birth.
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.
Matthew Field, from Pretoria, one of the 100 young South Africans who was identified as someone who embodies some of the characteristics that Mandela was known for, took the opportunity to travel to Cape Town and walk in the famous footsteps of Mandela. “If we want to survive as a nation we have to come together, and travelling is the way that we can do that. There is a famous quote…that said, “the cure to fascism is reading, and the cure to racism is travelling”. So, the way that we can come together as a nation, the way that we can come together as a South African people is to get to know South Africans,” Matthew said.
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 Cape Town experiences from the history of Robben Island to Nelson Mandela Square in Stellenbosch, Chapman’s Peak and Camps Bay as well as many other beautiful spots in Cape Town 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.