The Prince in Southern Africa
The Prince of Wales first visited Southern Africa in 1984 when he visited Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia. Since then, His Royal Highness has visited several other countries in the region including South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland.
In 1997 The Prince of Wales introduced Prince Harry to Southern Africa during an official visit to Tanzania, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa. During their visit to South Africa Their Royal Highnesses met President Mandela at his residence in Pretoria.
The Prince of Wales introduced the Spice Girls to President Mandela before both Their Royal Highnesses attended a charity concert where the group were performing.
The Prince also hosted President Mandela on a visit to Brixton Recreation Centre in London during President Mandela’s first State Visit to the United Kingdom in July 1996.
We have included a gallery of The Prince of Wales's watercolours created in Tanzania which you can view by clicking on the link below.
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The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry watch a display of Zulu dancing, at the Dukuduku village school in South Africa
The Prince and Duchess greet Graca Machel during a visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation
Their Royal Highnesses visit Freedom Square in Soweto, South Africa
The Prince and Duchess visit Kizimbani Spice Plantation in Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Prince and Duchess visit Massai Boma, Tanzania
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit a children's orphanage in the mountains near Semongkong, Lesotho
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s 2011 tour
The Prince of Wales’ most recent visit to Southern Africa was in November 2011 when he made official visits to Tanzania and South Africa, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall at the invitation of President Zuma of South Africa and President Kikwete or Tanzania.
The visits focused on trade and investment promotion and highlighted employment opportunities and development issues; education and practical support for disadvantaged young people; sustainability issues in the run-up to the Durban Climate Summit, which took place later that year; and shared heritage and conservation of traditional livelihoods.
The protection of endangered species was also a major focus. The Prince of Wales, who is President of WWF-UK saw the work of The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect endangered species and fragile ecosystems in both South Africa and Tanzania.
During the visit to South Africa in 2011, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall undertook a number of engagements including a visit to Freedom Square in Soweto, Johannesburg where they were welcomed by the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Their Royal Highnesses went on to visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Pretoria where they were guests of Mrs Graca Machel. The Prince and The Duchess also visited Ondini Palace in Kwazulu Natal where they met His Majesty King Zwelethini, the King of the Zulus, as well as Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Their Royal Highnesses’ final stop in South Africa was Cape Town where in a very busy programme The Prince of Wales delivered a speech on Climate Change at the University of Cape Town while The Duchess of Cornwall visited a literacy project in Masiphumele Township.
The Prince also visited the Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism in Kuyasa Township.
On their final day in South Africa TRH attended a service of thanksgiving in St George’s Cathedral where they were greeted by the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the current Archbishop of Cape Town, The Most Revd Thabo Cecil Makgoba.
In Tanzania Their Royal Highnesses visited Dar es Salaam where they were guests of honour at the fiftieth anniversary of independence celebrations. Their Royal Highnesses also visited environment, literacy and Wateraid projects. The Prince of Wales is President of Wateraid.
In Zanzibar they visited British-supported development and education projects as well as cultural sites including Stone Town and the Old Fort.
In Kilimanjaro Their Royal Highnesses visited the Maasai people to learn about the Maasai traditional lifestyle and to gain an appreciation of the challenges facing pastoralists in Northern Tanzania. Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by over three hundred Maasai men and women who travelled from miles around to meet them. The Prince of Wales was given a tribal name by the Maasai, which was translated to mean “keeper of the cows”.
The Prince was given the name in respect of him being a farmer and in acknowledgement of his work to preserve the environment and his understanding of Nature.
The Prince and Duchess visit a Maasai Boma
The Prince and Duchess dance in Zanzibar
The Prince and Duchess visit Dar es Salaam
Royal Tour 2011: Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
The Prince and Duchess attend a Sunday service in Cape Town
The Prince of Wales gives a keynote environmental speech at Cape Town University