Obamas to visit Tanzania

US President Barack Obama and his family will travel to Tanzania today on the last stop of their African trip.

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Obamas to visit Tanzania on final stage of Africa tour

Rolling up the red carpet next to Air Force One in Cape Town, South Africa
Rolling up the red carpet next to Air Force One in Cape Town, South Africa Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

US President Barack Obama and his family will travel to Tanzania today on the last stop of their African trip.

Mr Obama will visit the Presidential State House for an official greeting by President Jakaya Kikwete before the two leaders hold a joint press conference.

The rest of the day will involve meetings with business leaders and an Official Dinner in the State House .

Obama visits cell where Mandela spent 18 years

President Barack Obama has visited the cell on Robben Island where former South African president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment.

Barack Obama stands in the Robben Island prison cell in which Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. Credit: Reuters
Obama looks reflective as he leaves the cell on Robben Island. Credit: Reuters

The visit comes 15 years after Bill Clinton visited the cell with Nelson Mandela himself.

Nelson Mandela shows then US president Bill Clinton the cell in 1998. Credit: Reuters

Obama 'deeply humbled' on Robben Island visit

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Barack Obama writes in a visitors' book as he tours Robben Island with First Lady Michelle Obama. Credit: Reuters

At Nelson Mandela's former prison, Barack Obama wrote how "deeply humbled" he was "to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice."

"The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit."

President Obama wrote his comments in the visitors' book in the prison courtyard where he saw where Mandela worked and hid his draft of his book A Long Walk to Freedom.

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Obama to tour Mandela's island prison

President Obama will be taking his family on a tour of the South African island prison where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 years today.

Barack Obama tours Robben island in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006. Credit: Reuters/Howard Burditt

Mr Obama's visit to Robben Island comes as Mr Mandela remains in hospital for a third week in a critical condition. Mr Obama was near the Pretoria hospital yesterday but did not see him and instead met privately with Mr Mandela's relatives.

Mr Obama visited Robben Island when he was a senator but this time bringing his family.

Read: Exclusive: Ex-wife Winnie 'saddened' by Mandela health

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