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Nelson Mandela Villa

Limpopo Province, South Africa
  • Overview
  • Accommodations
  • Amenities
  • Activities
  • Dining
  • Location

With an abiding sense of peace at its heart, the Nelson Mandela Villa was commissioned for the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, by dear friend and business man Douw Steyn to honor his deep friendship with Mandela and the beloved leader’s humility and humanity.

Mandela worked here, in uninterrupted peace and solitude, to bring reconciliation to those around him, on a local and global level. Today, in this special retreat deep within the Shambala Private Game Reserve, guests may spend tranquil moments in harmony with beautiful natural surroundings, while enjoying a well-deserved level of luxury in a rich, traditionally African ambiance, complete with thatched roofs, majestic columns, Rhodesian teak doors and leadwood tree trunks. The Nelson Mandela Villa is a member of the Saxon Collection of properties, which take travelers on a unique journey of discovery and exploration of Africa.


Guests of the Nelson Mandela Villa may choose from five splendid bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, including the Presidential Suite, with his and her dressing rooms, a private dining area with kitchenette and a spacious living room with television. An elegant central lounge with an inviting fireplace makes for a lovely gathering spot, while a larger dining area is a memorable spot for a celebratory meal for up to 14 guests.


While set in some of the world’s most beautiful and secluded countryside, the Nelson Mandela Villa is able to provide an array of modern amenities and services. An outdoor deck with a casual lounge is perfect for entertaining, and an impressive indoor heated pool overlooks the watering hole outside, and whatever bush creatures may choose to stop by. Business facilities, including WiFi, and two private studies, lend themselves to quiet work and reflection.


While opportunities for rest and reflection are certainly abundant at the Villa, ample activities are available that showcase the natural beauty and wildlife of Shambala. Game drives – both day and night introduce the Big Five and more, from lions to spotted hyenas, while cruises to Douw Steyn Dam reveal hippos, crocodiles and a bountiful fish population. Insightful bush walks and romantic bush picnics are led by qualified, experienced game rangers and nature guides.


All dining is included in guests’ stay at the Nelson Mandela Villa, with breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by a skilled private chef. Meals always include soft drinks, renowned South African wines, spirits and liqueurs and the bounty of the lands surrounding the Villa. Guests can dine in the home’s Dining Room, which comfortably seats 12, or on the terrace overlooking the pool and nature beyond.


The Nelson Mandela Villa is located in the Shambala Private Game Reserve, below the ancient Waterberg Mountains, in the malaria-free province of Limpopo. The Villa is a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Johannesburg. A private helicopter landing pad is available; the flight from Johannesburg is 55 minutes.

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