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Address: R301, Paarl, South Africa
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Home to Nelson Mandela for the last fourteen months of his long political...

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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A Bit of History We Were Unaware of

Before coming to South Africa, we thought that Nelson Mandela was released from his long prison sentence at Robben Island. He was actually transferred here for the two years... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Before coming to South Africa, we thought that Nelson Mandela was released from his long prison sentence at Robben Island. He was actually transferred here for the two years prior and from here took his 'long walk to freedom'. It is an inspiring monument for sure. And, if you talk to the prison guard you can actually arrange a tour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We passed this monument on our way to play golf at Pearl Valley and stopped on our way back. The nostalgic statue and plinth are situated on the driveway to the prison.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

We had the chance to stop by this sanctuary for about 30 minutes last week and absolutely loved the energy around it. We really liked the commerable statue erected in the honor of Nelson Mandela as it really made you feel part of history just by starring at it. A must do while in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

After visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 24 of his 27 years and reading his book Long Walk to Freedom, it was a must-see to stop at the bronze statue of him outside the Victor Verster Prison on the last few steps of his journey rising his arms to continue fighting apartheid in South Africa. I believe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Having visited Robben Island on our last visit it made it even more poignant to visit this monument. It's worthwhile noting that the actual monument is located further down the R301 past Pearl Valley rather than where the pin is dropped.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The whole point and impact of him been released and taking his last steps before becoming a free man and lifting up his arm made me remember it all again. A moment South Africans won't forget. I have eaten in the restaurant and was very impressed with food as well as price. Good experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

I had the opportunity to stop and visit this sight of historical significance during my recent visit in Cape Town. As a travel advisor of cultural and heritage tours - many to South Africa - I wished to see the site. Yes, I felt the emotional draw of the place as I reflected on days gone by and the story... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

We read Mandela's magnificent biography before visiting South Africa. The prison being close by the Palmiet Valley Estate where we were at a wedding was a bonus. Great monument and statue in front of the gate of this rural prison, Mandela's last, before his walk down the road visible through the gate. Friendly guards. Park your car in the grove... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

This is a must to visit if you are in the neighbourhood of Paarl, Stellenbosch, or Franshoek. There is really not much to see apart for the famous road that Madiba wlaked along on his final road to freedom. It was a very emotional and inspiring visit. There is not much to see apart from the statue. Do visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016

I Was invited to a wedding on Victor Verster. Although we did not make it to see Mandela's homestead, we had a wonderful evening an actually stayed the night. The Next morning we had breakfast at the A'La Carte restaurant.... WOW!! The nicest and best for value for money!! Even enjoyed a lovely swim later at the pool!! Will still... More 

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