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Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)

R301, Paarl, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Paarl
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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149 reviews 149 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The Drakenstein Correctional Centre, a low-security prison, near Franschhoek is the prison that Nelson Mandela spent the last three years of the 27 years he spent in prison. Outside the gates of the prison there is a very moving statue of Mandela. The statue represents Mandela's final walk & his jubilation as he left prison. On the day of his... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

This is still what is was when Nelson Mandela was finally freed from encarceration for 27 years in 1990: a prison. In front of the gates is a modest statue of the former president himself with his signature pose, one fist in the air as he did when he was released. Although not an official visiting site, the prison warden... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

A well run piece of local history. It is situated in a area with many other attractions and the prison itself is very interesting. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly and we really enjoyed our visit! We saw were Nelson Mandela took his first steps as a free man

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