Join Mount Nelson Hotel to Recuperate the Memories of Mandela.
Painted top-to-toe in pale candyfloss-pink, the Mount Nelson Hotel is one of South Africa’s grandest resorts. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Cape Town is blessed with a richly diverse array of attractions and cultural activities. With a prime location beside Table Mountain, hotel guests are perfectly positioned to explore the highlights of this lively city.
Cape Town International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and the city’s downtown area.
With the colonial-era architecture and interiors provide a sense of elegant grandeur, whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun on any of the stunning beaches nearby or getting ready to stroll down fashionable Kloof Street, guests have the ideal central base from which to discover this exhilarating city.
In each room, the bed is the centrepiece, focused on the view outside. At the foot of each bed, there is a local ‘riempie bank’ – the bench introduced to the Cape by the early settlers. Each room has a “chair to dream in”, a deeply comfortable armchair placed at a vantage point to soak up the panorama and allow the guest a place to slow down and feel what is important to them, be it to think, to read or just to be.
Mount Nelson Hotel is on the occasion of the launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years – the long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs on 19th October 2017 – Cape Town’s Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is proud to present a two-night Memories of Mandela package. This includes a copy of Dare Not Linger which will be waiting for you on your bedside table, as well as a three-course meal inspired by Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes such as oxtail soup and Farida Omar’s chicken curry with samosas and roti, served in Planet Restaurant, adjacent to the room where Mandela enjoyed a meal or two.
Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years is a moving sequel to Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, the unfinished memoir by Nelson was completed later by the South African writer Mandla Langa. The result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency that made a reality of his vision for a liberated South Africa.
The special Nelson Package gives you an opportunity to spend time with Christo Brand, one of the guards responsible for looking after Mandela when he was incarcerated on Robben Island can be arranged. Enjoy an hour with Brand at the hotel as he fondly reminisces about his time with and the lessons learned from Madiba. He will also autograph your copy of his book Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My friend.
In addition, guests may reserve a two-hour story-telling walk with a Footsteps to Freedom guide, visiting nearby sites that played an important part in the life of the founding father of modern-day South Africa, can also be arranged. This sets the context and background to Apartheid, the ANC and Mandela and stories are shared on former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents of South Africa PW Botha and FW De Klerk. Places that will be visited include Tuynhuis, St George’s Cathedral, Parliament and the City Hall.
As your own unique memory of this occasion, you may have your portrait painted by Belmond Mount Nelson’s resident artist who was Nelson Mandela’s portraitist, Cyril Coetzee.
To avail the packages email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning + 27 21 483-1000.
Date: from 19th October 2017 until 19th October 2018
Price: R11800 for two nights, two people sharing, including breakfast as well as the three-course dinner of Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes and a copy of Dare Not Linger.
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