An introductory multimedia presentation offers an overview of Madiba’s life and times, proving the background on why Madiba. These are the headlines before we head into the deeper story.
ZONE TWO: THE EARLY YEARS
This is the story of a boy from the country as you gain a powerful sense of place learn about the people and places – Mvezo, Qunu and Mqhekezweni – that shaped Madiba as a child and a young man, and the roles these places played in defining his personality, philosophy and style of leadership. Step into an immersive roundavel and rolling Transkei landscape of Mandel’a birthplace along with rarely seen aretfacts from his childhood and ceremonial objects from Mandela’s youth.
ZONE THREE: THE STRUGGLE
Enter an immersive experience of life under apartheid and uncover the events that were to be the making of Mandela – how his move to Johannesburg coincided with the rise of apartheid and the opposing resistance movement. This was the transformation as lawyer and activist, a rising star in the ANC and a thorn in the side of the nationalist government.
Learn of the heavy cost of his defiance: the loss of family and liberty that would profoundly affect him for the rest of his life. Madiba made a defining life choice – to do what he believed was right, no matter what the consequences, even at the risk of sacrificing his own life.
ZONE FOUR: 10,000 DAYS – THE PRISON YEARS
For many years a life in prison without hope of reprieve seemed to be Madiba’s fate. This is a key chapter in the Mandela narrative – while the outline of the story is familiar, the details are not widely known.
In the outside world the anti-apartheid struggle raged on. As the violence and suffering in South Africa intensified, international opposition to the regime strengthened. Madiba, cut off from the world on Robben Island, unseen and unphotographed for years, still exerted a singular power as the face of the ANC. Across the world, his name became synonymous with the growing anti-apartheid movement.
ZONE FIVE: FREEDOM?
Madiba may have appeared to be a free man the day he walked out of Victor Verster prison, but it was not his destiny to lead a quiet, normal life. Those 27 years in prison had seen the idea of him assume legendary proportions – now he faced intense global scrutiny and an almost impossible level of expectation.
Realise just how close to the edge of total civil war South Africa was before the landmark ’94 election. We ask the question: was Mandela truly free?
With artefacts from this remarkable period, including Madiba’s treasured raincoat, election campaign materials and items pertaining to the Nobel Peace Prize and a Multimedia experience of a country in crisis: South Africa on the brink of civil war.
ZONE SIX: HEALING A NATION
With a re-examination of Mandela’s presidency. This extraordinary chapter in his life is characterised by huge energy, the endless movement of international travel and his dedication and determination to fulfil his life’s mission. A mission he pursued even into his 90s, before age finally caught up with him.
This chapter in Madiba’s story is underscored by his remarkable capacity for forgiveness, to see the best in people while accepting their flaws. We celebrate his contributions to the common good of humanity with an iconic moments immersive wall – celebrating the scale of Madiba’s role on the international stage.
ZONE SEVEN: THE MEANING OF MANDELA
Conclude your journey with a reflective and emotionally powerful finale with unique interviews with people who either knew him.
At the end, you get a chance to have a moment alone with Madiba, where he addresses you in his own words.