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“South African Leader Memorial-Nelson Mandela”

Nelson Mandela Capture Site
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Nelson Mandela Capture Site and KwaZulu-Natal...
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Howick
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

About 5 miles outside of Howick is the memorial to Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. On August 5 1962, just outside Howick, in a small two land road in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, armed police arrested Nelson Mandela. The former president had been on the run from the South African apartheid government for 17 months and his capture marked the beginning of his 27-year imprisonment and what he called “the long walk to freedom.”

A few years ago this spot was marked by a simple bricked zone with a plaque and a metal structure, but in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, an impressive steel sculpture and visitor center were erected The centerpiece of the site is a 50 steel column steel structure. As you walk down the walkway to the sculpture the steel poles appear to be randomly suspended, but on approaching the sculpture, the poles merge and form an image of Mandela’s head/face. The pathway to the sculpture includes metal plaques summarizing important moments in the leader's life. At the top of the pathway there is a small museum with photos depicting Mandel's life journey. this small center is soon top be replaced with a modern and much larger center. Also next to the entrance are a few gift shoes. The entrance fee is voluntary/donation. Parking is plentiful but the site can be busy during weekends. The surrounding grounds are lovely. The original nondescript memorial across the street is not maintained and not worth crossing the street to visit.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is well worth the visit. Entry into the museum and 'Long Walk to Freedom' walk, which leads to the artwork is free, there is however a donation box at the entrance. Make sure you have good walking shoes on as part of the path to the artwork isn't even and it's a bit of a distance to the end of the path to view the artwork. On a hot day, a hat is recommended, as there is limited shade on the walk.
Coffee and refreshments are available on site.

Thank Nicole M
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Looks like they are upgrading the Museum/Capture site. Loved the sculpture and photographs. A must do when visiting the area.

Thank Floridafanatic14
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We enjoyed our visit to this historical place and ode to a great man. The whole setup is great and cannot wait for the main building to open. The sculpture at the end is breathtaking and well worth the "long walk"

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Well worth a visit. It is educational. The monument itself is a masterpiece and very
cleverly worked out. Strong emphasis MUST be made to the condition of the driveway in.
There are so many deep potholes and gives a very poor impression!!!! Attend to it!

Thank Peter F
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