With a population of just 2,500 people, one would think that the suburb of Newtown isn’t anything special. However, it’s the former residence of Nelson Mandela, where his prior home is still standing. Like many places around the world that are quiet and unseen, it holds a lot of historical value for the local population. One could even say that the suburb of Newtown is recognized all around the world. Many people have the name of this neighborhood etched into their minds, due to the struggle it was so deeply part of. Nowadays, however, it’s somewhere you can go to enjoy the fruits of South Africa. A great place to visit and explore, Newtown is where you should stay when in Johannesburg.
Newtown: A Historic Suburb In Johannesburg
A Soft Bed
The first thing every tourist or traveler’s bucket list is a soft bed on which to lie their head. Newtown offers something that many other parts of the country do not. Since it is in a bustling city, you have an array of City Lodge Hotels to choose from. The one in Newtown has classic South African decor, white and beige. The simple walk-in rates are R1,340 for those of you that are single. However if you would like a double bed as you’re traveling as a couple, then you can add another 210 to that price. What you get for that is a brilliant location, access to a fitness room, swimming pool, restaurant and cafe to name a few.
In The Cradle
You’re in South Africa, often called the Cradle of Humanity. One of the attractions is called the Cradle of Humankind, which is just 50 kilometers northwest of the city. It’s in a massive stretch of land, engulfed in the 47,000 hectares. The limestone caves have been formed due to millions of years of underground water flowing through the soil. The rising cave system contains many different fossils of early man, proving that several different types of human beings walked this part of the earth many thousands of years ago. Consequently, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is protected by the government due to its value to the nation. This is something you have to see up close in order to fully absorb the miracle of human existence and civilization. There are many tour companies that operate in Newtown that will take you directly to the site.
The Sci-Bono Discovery Center has many interesting attractions and displays, ranging from dinosaurs found in Africa to historical jet fighters the South African Air Force once operated. It’s also a great place for children to be given a guided tour about the scientific endeavors of the nation and they get to experience unique history as small scale models of the city are on display. There’s also a half-cut model of the new land speed record in-the-making car, Bloodhound SSC. It’s using the Northern Cape as it’s running flats to break 1,000 mph.
The Nelson Mandela National Museum
The Nelson Mandela National Museum is commonly referred to as Mandela House. It’s the house where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. It’ located at number 8115, at the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, a short distance up the road from Tutu House, the home of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Mandela donated the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust to be run as a museum. It was declared a National Heritage Site in 1999.
Newtown is perhaps the best neighborhood to visit in Johannesburg. It offers history, science, culture, and beauty all within a quiet suburb.