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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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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Well worth the stop to see where Nelson Mandela finally took his long walk to freedom. Great statue of the iconic leader.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Edward E
Reviewed November 30, 2018

One of the last prisons where Nelson Mandela was locked in. A free vist where you will also meet some of the inmate's friends and relatives registering for a visit (go to the toilet in the building on the left)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IDoLoveFood
Reviewed October 21, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank czepluchtraveller
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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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

Date of experience: February 2017
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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank KevinKraaibosch
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