Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, is only about an hour drive away from Johannesburg, but not that often part of an African safari holiday itinerary. However it played a main role in Mandela’s life.
The so-called Rivonia Trial where Mandela was sentenced for life took place in the Palace of Justice at Church Square. Only about a 10 minutes drive away from Church Square in the government buildings called Union Buildings, he was the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. And now he is lying in state in the very same Union Buildings before a state funeral will be the closure of 10 days mourning.
Mandela’s footsteps in Pretoria are remarkable, from a life in prison, to president and honored in death. They tell the story of an extraordinary life and that all can turn to the best.
Think about doing a tour when being in South Africa for a safari. It is worth it.
Ute Sonnenberg for www.rohoyachui.com