Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick: Hours, Address, Nelson Mandela Capture Site Reviews: 4/5

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture Site
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Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside of Howick, KZN Natal, South Africa. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates this moment in history with a visitor centre and a world renowned sculpture. Operated by The Apartheid Museum.
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LearnAsIgo13
Johannesburg, South Africa110 contributions
A poignant and memorable experience
May 2021 • Couples
We had absolutely no problem with the fee that includes a museum (opened in 2020) with an engaging audio visual experience as well as interesting displays. The surrounding video experience creates a visceral journey that primes you for what happened here. We thought it was excellent. You are then led down a path with markers along the route noting important dates in Mandela’s life as well as events in the country. It’s very poignant. The sculpture is phenomenal and the experience of witnessing it reveal itself very slowly is symbolic of the ‘long walk to freedom’. If you take your time and let them guide you through the experience they have created you will be hard pushed to begrudge them R100 entry (60+ are R60). Well worth it and cheap by international standards. The staff were ultra friendly, I was impressed by that, and the toilets were also excellent.
Written May 24, 2021
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Janet B
5 contributions
Deeply moving
May 2021
I was deeply moved by the manner in which this experience was presented. It was an experience. It's a must for any South African.
Written May 8, 2021
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Caron B
Cape Town, South Africa29 contributions
Amazing art piece
Apr 2021
The picture of Nelson Mandela is a fabulous piece of art.
It looks like a a jumble of iron poles, until you looks at it from a particular view point.

There is nothing else to see on the site, so don’t expect to spend hours there.
Written April 30, 2021
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Tsatsawani
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa48 contributions
Historic landmark in our backyard, but not for R100
Mar 2021 • Family
I have been here many times before, entrance used to be free. On my recent visit, I noticed the place has been upgraded, although that is appreciated, the R100 adult entrance fee is not worth it.

There isn’t anything to do, only worth the drive if you are passing.

Written March 8, 2021
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Natalia D
1 contribution
What a rude reception!
Jan 2021
What a terrible experience! For the past few years I have gone to this place with different Russian friends maybe 5 or 6 times. We usually stop on the side of the road to see the memorial where Mandela was arrested, and then we walk across the road to look at the sculpture. Nowhere are there any signs to say you have to pay, or report to some kind of reception.

Last week I went again with Russian friends from Moscow. When we approached the sculpture, some rude, black security guy starts screaming at us and getting totally hysterical and super aggressive. We then understood that we were supposed report to the reception and pay before entering. This was not the case before, as we understood that payment was only necessary if one wanted to visit the museum. The more we tried to explain that we are quite willing to go and pay, the more threatening he became. One would think that in a time when tourists are so scarce, they would welcome us with open arms, but no, he was not at all interested, and even threatened to arrest us!

This place will never see me, or any of my friends again. I will be sure to spread his experience far and wide. I have many followers on my Russian blog about South Africa, and will be sure to let them all know to avoid such a rude and unpleasant place.
Written January 15, 2021
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Ian F
Johannesburg, South Africa24 contributions
A little expensive
Jan 2021 • Couples
A fee of R50 to walk down the path and read laser cut metal signs describing 27 key points of Nelson Mandela’s life to the sculpture feels excessive for a completely outdoors monument. This option is not on the price list and receipts for it are difficulty come by. This fee is an obstacle in accessibility for all South Africans
Written January 3, 2021
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saras moodley
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Humility and reflection
Dec 2020
It is such a special place where people who are South African can realise what Nelson Mandela did for the freedom of people and that all people should be treated with respect and dignity
Written December 28, 2020
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747nadia
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa222 contributions
Taking the Long Walk to Freedom
Oct 2020
While in the area we decided to go to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.
It was such a great experience.

We paid for the adults to enter but the small children could enter for free.

It gave us a whole new understanding on Nelson Mandela.

Really beautifully done and definitely a must when you are in the area.
Written November 6, 2020
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Idotourism
Polokwane, South Africa51 contributions
Discrimination against Disabled people!!!!!!
Oct 2020
The capture site has been on my bicket list for years. As a able bodied person it was excellent. It was moving, it was the highlight of my week trip in KZN, but travelling with a disabled person it was pure hell. Nothing was set up for a person in a wheelchair. No adequate parking. (Having to push the wheelchair through mud down a very steep hill) then the paved walkway that is not done according to standards. The walkway down to the actual monument is also so bad that there is no stop steps to help regulate the speed of a wheelchair or a seperate ramp area. Then the best of it all was the disbled toilet. Just large enough to fit a wheelchair. No space to move inside. NO LIGHT, NO WATER TO WASH HANDS and BROKEN HANDLE. (Was told it has never been used). But still had to pay full price. The displays are also not readable as when you sit in a chair you cannot read the glass box displays either. If you are blind you cannot read anything and the audio is cut offto listen to what is in the displays due to covid. No Braille either. If you are in a wheelchair - STAY AWAY.
Written November 2, 2020
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holly031sa
Durban, South Africa13 contributions
Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Lockdown
Aug 2020
We were unable to get onto the property as the Monument has been closed during lockdown. We did however get out and pay respect at the capture site. It is a must for anyone passing through the midlands. One can feel the presence of Madiba at the site and I have seen the monument many times, it is a magnificent piece of artwork.
Written August 26, 2020
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