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Groot Drakenstein Prison (Victor Verster Prison)

R301, Paarl, South Africa
+27 21 864 8000
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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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  • Average13%
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R301, Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Doesn't take that long and you might just want an iconic photograph but... for many South Africans and even people worldwide, the view up the driveway out of the prison will be imprinted in our memories for years to come. So much more than just...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

It's always important to know your history of your own country. Everyone visiting South Africa needs to do this trip to Paarl.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Our group had an excellent tour by a guide who brought the days of Nelson Mandellaʻs imprisonment there to life.

Thank Linda R
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We stopped here with our group of 6 and 2 guides. Did not go in if you will just stopped to see the Mandela statue. This is a short stop but one that should not be missed especially if you can tie in historic Mandela...More

Thank Michael B
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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.

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