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Historic luxury

Inspired by this legacy and by his deep friendship with the former President, Douw Steyn commissioned the building of the Nelson Mandela Center for Reconciliation on Shambala Private Game Reserve.


Nelson Mandela Villa

This special retreat gave Mr Mandela the opportunity to work uninterrupted in peace and solitude, and would provide him with the space and tranquility to strengthen his considerable efforts towards global and local reconciliation.

“I am delighted to share my home here with you and hope you will feel refreshed and inspired by your visit to this special place.”

-Nelson Mandela

An Exclusive, Private stay

5 luxury bedrooms Sleeps 12

The Nelson Mandela Villa offers spacious and elegant accommodation within Shambala Private Game Reserve. This home is truly a piece of paradise, humbly displaying an understated luxury and reflecting the rich roots of tribal design. The interior is cool, with neutral tones and fabrics, always true to the tradition that was its inspiration. Enter through the masterfully carved front door, and walk through the quietly elegant, spacious living rooms to the comfortable bedrooms, always aware of the African influence.

Nelson Mandela Villa
Nelson Mandela Villa

Villa Details & amenities

The Nelson Mandela Villa offers five luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and one Presidential Suite.

The Presidential Suite has an en-suite double bathroom and his and hers dressing room, as well as a private dining area with kitchenette and a private living room with a television.

The Nelson Mandela Villa can be booked for a maximum of 12 people.

  • Secluded natural surroundings.
  • Dining area with 12-seater table.
  • Informal TV lounge with fireplace.
  • DStv channels available.
  • Formal lounge with fireplace.
  • Outdoor deck with casual lounge area.
  • 2 Private studies.
  • Indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool situated on a viewing deck that overlooks a private waterhole.
  • Business center and boardroom facilities.
  • Satellite telephone in each room.
  • Complimentary WiFi access.
  • Electricity/power available 220V.
  • International plug point converters and hairdryers are available in each room.
  • Private spa treatment room.


Included in your stay:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by your private Chef.
  • Butler service.
  • All soft drinks, South African wines, spirits and liqueurs.
  • Daytime and spot-lit night game drives and Bush walks accompanied by an experienced guide.
  • Unlimited cruises on the Douw Steyn Dam.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • All taxes and tourism levies

Highlights at Nelson Mandela villa

Inspired by this legacy and by his deep friendship with the former President, Douw Steyn commissioned the building of the Nelson Mandela Center for Reconciliation on Shambala Private Game Reserve.

Rich Roots

This remarkable home is a realisation of a dream, a gesture of friendship from one man to another.

Art And Symbolism

African culture is rich in detail and the traditional African designs have been incorporated throughout.

Annete Nel

“Fantastic experience at Shambala! This is a bucket list type of a place! We loved the fine attention to detail and the sightings were amazing. A big thank you to our Game Ranger Shaun who was skilled, professional and on top of everything. Thank you for also keeping us alive during a Lion encounter. Our stay was extremely memorable!”

Annete Nel

7 Clifton

"We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many excellent safaris around the world in the last 30 years but our recent experience at the Zulu Camp, Shambala must rate as one of the best. There is always an element of luck but in all four of our drives we were treated to some magical interactions with the wildlife. The staff perfect, the food excellent and whilst the gorgeous Zulu huts will be undergoing some renovations in the next few months they were still thoroughly charming and comfortable. Thank you especially to Shaun, Brendan and Abram. We will be back and look forward to a fully working telescope to enjoy the night sky."

7 Clifton

Fili V

"From the gate guard the lodge manager Rhomello, our private butler Thabang..chef Dayne(thank you for the extra couple of pounds)..and the most fantastic Monnique, thank you all for making our engagement weekend unforgettable..even the game put their best foot forward..lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe and just for good measure a cheetah kill...Monnique thanks for all the trouble with the extra flowers romantic rose pebble dinner.your always friendly and comforting gestures when i was nervous for asking the big question....guys this place is a must do for everyone."

Fili V

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