Visitors can view Madiba's grave from afar

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu reports a 100 percent visitor increase since Madiba's death.

Nelson Mandela's coffin before it was lowered into his grave in Qunu on 15 December 2013. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape says it has been inundated with tourists wanting to visit the grave site of the former president.

The global icon died peacefully at his Houghton home in northern Johannesburg on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.

The museum says people are allowed to view Madiba's final resting place from a distance but are not allowed to enter the grave site.

The museum's Nokuzola Tetani says there has been a 100% increase in the number of tourists visiting the museum since Mandela's death.

She says both local and international visitors have shown interest in visiting historical sites associated with Madiba.

Tetani says according to the AbaThembu culture, people aren't allowed to enter the grave site where Mandela is buried alongside his children who have passed away.