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Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)

R301, Paarl, South Africa
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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.
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R301, Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 March 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 5 March 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 17 February 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 15 January 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

Thank snsimmy23
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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...More

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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.

Reviewed 24 September 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...More

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Reviewed 19 August 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...More

Thank LynHancock
Reviewed 14 August 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.

Thank cmjUK
Reviewed 30 May 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...More

Thank Carl R
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