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Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)

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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.
R301, Paarl, South Africa
+27 21 864 8000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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...More

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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.

1  Thank Niel G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelled here with group of people from our guest house near Paarl en route to the wine lands. Our Group leader told our driver to make an unscheduled stop right here. This is an important place in History and is still a working prison. Our...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2018

The Victor Verster Prison has to be on any traveler's list of sights. It takes only 5 minutes to pull over and read up on the history of the prison and to see Nelson Mandela's statue. It is a great initiative of the prison to...More

Thank Ilzed82
Reviewed April 9, 2018

Doesn't take that long and you might just want an iconic photograph but... for many South Africans and even people worldwide, the view up the driveway out of the prison will be imprinted in our memories for years to come. So much more than just...More

1  Thank Paula B
Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

It's always important to know your history of your own country. Everyone visiting South Africa needs to do this trip to Paarl.

1  Thank HeidiPap
Reviewed October 16, 2017

Our group had an excellent tour by a guide who brought the days of Nelson Mandellaʻs imprisonment there to life.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed September 2, 2017

We stopped here with our group of 6 and 2 guides. Did not go in if you will just stopped to see the Mandela statue. This is a short stop but one that should not be missed especially if you can tie in historic Mandela...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed March 28, 2017

This was a stop to pay my respects to the wonderful Nelson Mandela. There was nowhere to pull in so we just stopped on the side of the road leading into the prison. The statue is right in front of the gates and there were...More

Thank akay07
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Had to show our 2 overseas visitors this very historic place in the History of the country. Always inspires those who we take their as they feel so important to have trodden where this great man was freed. I feel the Department of Works could...More

Thank KevinKraaibosch
Reviewed February 17, 2017

The Drakenstein Prison was where Nelson Mandela was being held when he was finally released. It is stil a working prison, which is why it is somewhat ironic to see ATMs outside the gates. The road from the main gate into the prison is now...More

Thank 476David
Reviewed January 15, 2017

We visited the Victor Verster Prison on our way to Stellenbosch from Paarl. The statue is at the entrance to the prison so you can park up, take your photo and leave. A few tourist around when we were here but didn't have to wait...More

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