The body of Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest after 10 days of commemorating "Africa's greatest son".

4,000 mourners - including foreign dignitaries - attended the emotional service at his ancestral home of Qunu.

Mandela died on 5 December, aged 95.

His coffin, draped in the South African flag, was placed beneath a lectern where speakers paid their tributes in a specially erected marquee. Guests sang and danced to celebrate his life as the service began.

Mandela's portrait stood behind 95 candles, representing one for each year of his life.

South African President Jacob Zuma declared Mandela's "extraordinary journey" was now over.

"It is the end of 95 glorious years of this freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa," he said in a poignant speech

After the funeral service his coffin was carried by the military up the hill to the graveside for a private family burial where only a few hundred guests were present.

South Africa's air force carried out a fly-past as the coffin was lowered into the grave.

A girl looks at flowers (not seen) outside the Houghton home of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg December 15, 2013. (Reuters picture)
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma speaks during the funeral ceremony for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu December 15, 2013.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (C), Winnie Mandela (L), ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and Graca Machel (R), widow of Mandela, attend Nelson Mandela's funeral ceremony in Qunu December 15. (Reuters picture)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (R) and former South African President Thabo Mbeki greet each other before the funeral ceremony of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu December 15, 2013. (Reuters picture)
Zindzi (L), daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends his funeral ceremony in Qunu December 15, 2013. (Reuters picture)
Mourners watch the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela on large screen televisions in Soweto, December 15, 2013.
Former President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda walks to the stage to speak during the funeral ceremony for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu December 15, 2013. (Reuters picture)
Women dance and sing during a homage outside the Houghton home of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg December 15, 2013
British entrepreneur Richard Branson (R) and U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey (C) attend the funeral ceremony for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu December 15, 2013.
A local boy, Anda, looks out from his hut's window at the burial ground of late former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of his funeral in Qunu, December 15, 2013. (Reuters picture)
The funeral cortege, carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela on a gun carriage, makes its way from his house to a tent where the funeral service will be within the Mandela family's property in the village of Qunu December 15, 2013.