Born in a small village in Transkei, Nelson Mandela moved to Johannesburg as a young man. He called several places home over the years, from a backyard shack in Alexandra to an upmarket house in well-heeled Houghton. In his retirement, he divided his time between the city and his rural retreat in Qunu.
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Home to two Nobel Peace prize winners, vibrant restaurants with sumptuous food, a TV station, museum and spa, Vilakazi Street in Soweto is a must for any visitor to South Africa.
In the remote Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda is a fascinating world of concrete sculpture, fantastic figures and mythical beasts set around a house decorated with luminous paint and multicoloured panes of glass.