Relatives of Nelson Mandela and senior officials have paid respects to the ex-president in Pretoria, where his body is lying in state.
His widow Graca Machel and former President Thabo Mbeki were among those who filed past the coffin. The public will be allowed in later.
Crowds watched earlier as the coffin was taken in procession from a hospital mortuary to the Union Buildings.
Mr Mandela died last Thursday at the age of 95 and will be buried on Sunday.
His funeral will take place in his home village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of South Africans joined scores of world leaders for a national memorial service on Tuesday as part of a series of commemorations.
The procession left the city’s 1 Military Hospital shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
The coffin could be seen inside a black hearse, draped in a South African flag, in a convoy with military outriders and ambulances.
It travelled along Kgosi Mampuru Street and Madiba Street on the way to the Union Buildings.
The convoy sped quickly through the streets, with some people running alongside the military guard.