Nelson Mandela Villa

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

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

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

Rich Roots

Rich Roots A realisation of a dream 2nd November 2001 marked the opening of the Centre for Reconciliation. The…

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The Nelson Mandela Villa offers spacious and elegant accommodation within Shambala Private Game Reserve.

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Art and Symbolism

Art and Symbolism Rich in African Culture As one walks around the residence, there is a remarkable sense…

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