Surrounded by an Aura of Contemplation.

Paying homage to Madiba’s depth of character and contemplative spirit, Sanctuary Mandela is surrounded by lush gardens and retreat spaces filled with perfectly-curated exhibits that pay tribute to the human rights activist, former perfect president and global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Every corner of the boutique hotel is envisaged to provide the combination of tranquillity, heritage, and mindful experiences. Time spent at Sanctuary Mandela promises a sense of healing and reflection for all visitors.


The Heart of Madiba Heritage.

Set in Nelson Mandela’s primary place of residence in the leafy-green suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg, Sanctuary Mandela includes elements of the home Madiba lived in after he returned from Robben Island, where he hosted the likes of Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey, and which later became the headquarters of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Sanctuary Mandela is now a re-envisioned residency, a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel with 9 curated rooms and retreat spaces for reflection, healing, and thought-provoking experiences inspired by the life and times of Nelson Mandela.


Nine beautifully decorated rooms are a reflection on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, with each room dedicated to an aspect of his personality.


Dining like Madiba.

In memory of Mandela’s love for food, our fine-dining restaurant serves as a tribute to his favourite dishes as previously prepared by his long-time personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya. For more than 20 years, Xoliswa Ndoyiya was Madiba’s personal and family chef, from his presidency to his retirement and until his passing. Born in Ezibeleni in the Eastern Cape (the same province Madiba hailed from), Xoliswa is also the author of Ukutya Kwasekhaya.

– Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen.

Beautiful Rooms

The nine rooms are a reflection on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, with each room dedicated to one of his many sides.



Insights Restaurant

Insights restaurant offers guests a place to enjoy and share delicious meals with friends and family, just like Madiba loved to.



Conference Facilities

Our two boardroom style meeting rooms are the ideal place to host a board meeting, strategy session or workshop.



Liesl Frankson
Sanctuary Mandela is truly a hidden gem. The hotel has a palpable energy about it. The space is well thought out and everything in the hotel really does lend itself to peaceful reflection. I would highly recommend the tour of the property. We enjoyed everything about our stay here. The staff are friendly and helpful. Sbu in particular was amazing and he went out of his way to make sure our evening was special. The quality of the food is top tier and the portions are quite big. We could not have picked a more perfect property to overnight at for our wedding anniversary and we will definitely be returning whether it be for a meal at Insights, another stay or Jazz Sundays.
Greta Del Sal
I loved this place! Beautiful hotel with amazing staff
Kneo Mokgopa
Excellent stay, world class