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“A long walk to freedom”

Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)
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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.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

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 at the gate showed us around in the Mandela house, where he stayed during his last years before release and where he negotiated with FW de Klerk. You will see the lemon tree he planted, his pantry, kitchen, dining and living room, bedroom, garden with swimming pool and outside braai. Apparently there are people who know the wardens and can arrange a visit, we came by chance midday - the warden will happily show around during his lunch break, voluntarily. Please do show your gratitute afterwards. Amazing place to have seen, as it was a great milestone in South African modern day history.

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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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