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Nelson Mandela Capture Site Tours

Nelson Mandela Capture Site
On August 5 1962, on a stretch of the R103 just outside Howick in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, armed police flagged down a car and arrested the driver, 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.”

Until quite recently, this unassuming spot was marked only by a simple bricked zone with a plaque, but in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the significance of the area was marked with an impressive steel sculpture and a newly created visitor center.

Designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli in collaboration with the architect Jeremy Rose, the sculpture is the centerpiece of the new memorial site. It is made from 50 steel columns of varying heights. At first glance, the poles appear to be randomly suspended, but on approaching the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face.

Practical Info

To reach the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, head around five kilometers northwest of Howick on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg and take the turnoff to Lions River. Then turn right onto the R103. The site is a five-minute drive from here and is well signposted.
Address: R103, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal 3290, South Africa
Hours: Open 9am-4pm
Admission: Adults: R25; Children: R15
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Drakensberg Mountain Range and Nelson Mandela Capture Site Day Tour from Durban

Experience the stunning Drakensberg Mountains on a day trip from Durban. Take in the endless vistas and incredible scenery before setting out on a short walk to view ancient Bushman paintings, hidden within caves and the Drakensberg's remote surrounds. Following lunch (own expense) pay a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, home to an informative visitor centre and an incredible steel monument signifying the site's importance in the fight against apartheid. This trip includes round-trip hotel transport (to most hotels) and the expertise of a professional guide.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Mandela Capture Site & PheZulu Cultural Village Day Tour from Durban

Take a hassle-free day trip to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KawZulu-Natal province, on this small-group tour from Durban, limited to 11 people or fewer. Visit the site where Nelson Mandela was captured, learn about traditional Zulu culture, and more on an 8-hour excursion from the city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$142.25 USD
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Drakensberg Kamberg Rock Art & Mandela Capture Site Day Tour from Durban

This comprehensive tour offers an excellent overview of the KwaZulu-Natal region. Stops include the Gandhi statue and City Hall in the capital city of Pietermaritzburg (the largest brick building in the southern hemisphere), the Nelson Mandela capture site statue and Apartheid Museum, and Howick Falls. You will also take a lengthy hike in Kamberg Nature Reserve to view ancient sandstone rock art.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$156.48 USD
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Drakensberg Giant's Castle Cave Art & Mandela Capture Site Day Tour from Durban

Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonders of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal. Depart from Durban for a daylong sightseeing trip beginning with KwaZula-Natal's capital Pietermaritzburg and continuing onto Drankensberg's Giants Castle Nature Reserve: spectacular mountain peaks named for their distinct appearance. See the rock paintings of South Africa's indigenous Sans people before touring the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, home to a small museum and a stirring monument dedicated to the country's former president. End your excursion with a visit to Howick Falls.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Nelson Mandela Capture Site and KwaZulu-Natal Guided Day Tour from Durban

Follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on this full-day tour, starting with a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. After learning about the significance of this moment in South African history and admiring the grand memorial, set out to explore the region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, or the ‘Zulu Kingdom’, including Howick Falls, Pietermaritzburg, and the ‘Midlands Meander’ route.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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11-Day Small-Group Wild Coast and Kruger Safari from Port Elizabeth

Welcome to our unique country of contrasts! This 11-day one-way journey across South Africa will reveal the vibrancy and diversity of our people, culture and places – are you ready to discover an entire world in one country?  From vibrant cities to quiet, wild spaces; from vast, empty beaches to monumental mountain peaks; from rolling vineyards to alluring African plains, South Africa has it all. Every one of the 3000 kilometres travelled will reveal something different, something new.  If you’re looking for an interactive and fun way to travel between Port Elizabeth and Jo’burg; this small-group tour has it all!  Explore some of the best spots along the eastern coast and surrounding inland areas along the way – the Garden Route, Wild Coast, Drakensberg, Battlefields and Kruger National Park.    
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Duration: 11 days
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