A month ago, when I received the invite from Footsteps to Freedom, a walking tour company based at the Taj Hotel in the heart of the Mother City, to join them for a walk through Cape Town to learn about the life and times of Nelson Mandela, my interest was piqued as I felt that I wanted to know more about this incredible man and his struggle for freedom.
Two days before the walk was due to take place, Madiba left this world and his legacy was being celebrated throughout the city. The result was an incredibly emotional morning spent visiting the historical places that shaped South Africa’s future while listening to Garth Angus bring to life the human dramas that unfolded on Mandela’s epic journey.
The stories Garth told included tales of secrecy, bravery, intrigue, love, persistence and resilience like none I have ever heard. From a young age, Mandela was a well educated and athletic man and he would not sit aside and witness the injustices of the apartheid regime. He led a nation to a peaceful resolution and a democratic society through his love, forgiveness and a deep understanding and knowledge of all races history and reasoning. Imagine a prisoner being invited to a president’s house, only later to become president himself.
Do yourself a favour, whether you live in Cape Town or are visiting us from afar, set a day aside to go and listen to the stories of Madiba and stand in the places he stood in on his long walk to freedom.
For more pictures, please visit the photo album on our Facebook Page. If you would like to book this tour, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can include this day trip on our Cape to Vic Falls tour or South African Explorer tour.
We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town!