Close to the ground.

Manguang Township & Thomas Maphikela House

62 Harvey Rd 051-430-4422 or 082-972-5927

S 29 07.909 E 026 13.317

Mangaung Township, located just outside of Bloemfontein, is the famed birthplace of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1912, prominent black leaders gathered here and forged the foundations of what would eventually become the ruling party of the country. Among the founding members was Thomas Maphikela, and today the house where he once resided and the site of many pivotal meetings has been declared a national monument.

Visits to the Manguang Township and the Thomas Maphikela House can be arranged through the locally run tour company Vuka Tours. Depending on your interest, tours may include meals at a local township restaurant or if you're up for some township nightlife, Vuka Tours can take you out drinking at the local shebeens.

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