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Address: R301, Paarl, South Africa
Description: Home to Nelson Mandela for the last fourteen months of his long political...
Home to Nelson Mandela for the last fourteen months of his long political imprisonment, this surprisingly idyllic minimum security prison is now a registered historic site.
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Long Walk to Freedom

Going to Robben Island to see Mandela's cell is one thing, but visiting the exact spot of the Long Walk to Freedom is also a big highlight. Although the prison is still active in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Repentigny, Canada
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Repentigny, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Going to Robben Island to see Mandela's cell is one thing, but visiting the exact spot of the Long Walk to Freedom is also a big highlight. Although the prison is still active in Paarl, you can easily make a detour to take a look at the statue if you are in town for wine tasting. Again, an amazing feeling... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Part of our private tour - where Mandela was last imprisoned and released. Our guide was here at the release and that was a fantastic story. Otherwise it is a quick stop as it is a working prison.

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Hout Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

After 27 years this is where the journey to the new South Africa began . The statue is easily accessible and the staff at the prison are friendly and happy to explain the history and the workings of the prison . Remember that this remains a working prison . If you are out doing the wine lands this is a... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

One has to take in mind that the Drakenstein Correctional Center is an active medium security prison, it is not a museum. Once you expect that you will be less likely to be disappointed at the expectations of a museum. The statue of Mr Nelson Mandela meets visitors at the entrance of the facility. It is an impressive statue and... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

One would expect a little bit more of a fuss made about the place Nelson Mandela spent so much time and walked out of a free African freedom fighter.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

We had a very interesting tour by Manfred. Having met Mandela on three occasions he was able to intersperse factual information with personal anecdotes. Interesting tour of the Mandela cottage where he was held on house arrest and an interesting drive through the rest of the prison which is situated in Paarl ringed by the Boland mountains. Well worth a... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Cristo, our guide brought us to see this place & the statue of Nelson Mandela where he spent the last 18 months of his imprisonment before he began his Long Walk to Freedom. It is so beautiful all around the prison & the prison itself is not a terrible place. Very simple looking. For those interested in the history of... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The entrance to the prison houses the statute of Mr Nelson Mandela from where he started his Long walk to freedom. Well worth a visit.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is worthwhile a visit to see this grande man's statue on this famous entrance. Pity one could make more out of it, but visit it when you are in the area.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were truly blessed to be given access to many areas of the prison property. We toured the Youth Centre, and met a group of inmates - they had the chance to tell us their stories, which was incredible. We also were taken back to the Madiba house and received a 2 hour tour of the house, complete with extensive... More 

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Address: Address: R301, Paarl, South Africa
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paarl

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