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Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)

Address: R301, Paarl, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Paarl
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Home to Nelson Mandela for the last fourteen months of his long political imprisonment, this...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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145 reviews 145 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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30 attraction reviews
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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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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Today, on the news of Mr Mandelas death, comes a poignant memory of a 2011 visit to Mr Mandelas last home before his release. There was talk of opening the home to the public at the time. Just being in the same home where he wrote, sat, ate and slept was amazing. As was the dining table where he held... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

The best statue of Nelson Mandela by far, so not to be missed at all, it's a must on any trip to the Area.

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Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Set between the beautiful Boland Mountains, the prison leaves a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. Here where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and finally released in 1990, set the stage for one of the biggest historic moments in our time.

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