Manguang Township

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The African National Congress (ANC) was born in the township of Manguang, 5km outside Bloemfontein, in 1912. Today, you can experience township life and learn some important history on a guided tour.

Tours are informal and cost about R500. The operators change, so it's best to ask at the tourist office for an up-to-date list of guides.

Manguang and other black townships around the Bloem area played an integral role in the fight to end apartheid. Tours visit culturally important sights such as Mapikela House (now a national monument), where Thomas Mapikela, a founder of the ANC, once resided.