The Heart of Madiba Heritage.

The place that celebrates the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013). Best known for his role in fighting apartheid, his 27-year imprisonment, being the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Nobel Peace Prize winner, father of the nation, peacemaker, Madiba or simply Tata.

Set in Nelson Mandela’s primary place of residence in the leafy-green suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg. This is the home Madiba lived in after he achieved freedom – where he hosted the likes of Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton which later became the headquarters of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Sanctuary Mandela is now the re-envisioned residency, a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel with 9 curated rooms and offers retreat spaces for reflection, healing and thought-provoking experiences inspired by Madiba’s life.

Surrounded by an Aura of Contemplation.

Paying homage to Madiba’s philanthropist nature and pondering spirit, Sanctuary Mandela is surrounded by lush gardens and retreat spaces filled with perfectly-curated exhibits that evoke memories of the legend himself. Every corner of the hotel is envisaged to provide the perfect combination of tranquillity, heritage and mindful experiences. Affording guests the opportunity to dine on Madiba’s favourite cuisine, soul-search and gain historic insights. Time spent at Sanctuary Mandela promises endless moments of healing and reflection.


  • Interior Decor

    Sanctuary Mandela rooms are a reflection on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela.

  • Sky Lights

    Sanctuary Mandela rooms are a reflection on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela.

  • Quality Finishes

    Sanctuary Mandela rooms are a reflection on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela.

Who we are.

The former president’s home is owned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. The foundation is the custodian of his life and times; and is a committed facilitator of his living legacy; mandated to promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all.

On behalf of the foundation, Sanctuary Mandela is managed by Thebe Tourism Group and Miarestate. Originally formed in 2001, Thebe Tourism Group is the oldest black-empowered South African tourism group and has a significant portfolio in tourism attractions, accommodation and experiences. Thebe is globally recognised and respected for creating, curating and celebrating the Africa’s iconic destinations.

The group is 46% black-owned, and the shareholders – Thebe Tourism Group management and Futuregrowth Asset Management – create a powerful partnership that will be instrumental in leading growth and transformation in the tourism industry.