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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 25 November 2013

The best statue of Nelson Mandela by far, so not to be missed at all, it's a must on any trip to the Area.

Thank Julie L
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Set between the beautiful Boland Mountains, the prison leaves a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. Here where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and finally released in 1990, set the stage for one of the biggest historic moments in our time.

Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

The Drakenstein Correctional Centre, a low-security prison, near Franschhoek is the prison that Nelson Mandela spent the last three years of the 27 years he spent in prison. Outside the gates of the prison there is a very moving statue of Mandela. The statue represents Mandela's final walk & his jubilation as he left prison. On the day of his release from this prison, Feb 11, 1990, new agencies from all over world were at this prison to document this historical event. To know you are standing at the site where Mandela was finally released is a bit emotional.

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Reviewed 10 January 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 23 May 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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