Front Runners September 2015: Head of Estate

Every leader needs a lair. For more than a decade, Nelson Mandela found respite at his private estate, the Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation (centreforreconciliation.co.za) in South Africa’s Shambala Private Game Reserve. Now the storied residence—which features six bedrooms, a swimming pool, and sprawling outdoor decks—is available to travelers seeking an exclusive safari experience in the 24,700-acre wildlife reserve. Debuted in May, the home retains its original interiors, including Mozambican wood carvings, handwoven tapestries, and other African artworks. Visitors can embark on game drives and bush walks led by private guides, or glimpse elephants, hippopotamuses, and other wildlife at the estate’s watering hole. Guests of the property (which is priced from about $5,600 per night) also have access to an office where Mandela’s desk and chair remain as they were during his many visits. 

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