Nelson Mandela Capture Site Tours

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.
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Address: R103, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal 3290, South Africa
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Hours: Open 9am-4pm
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Admission: Adults: R25; Children: R15
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Full-Day Mandela Capture Site 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
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Drakensberg Kamberg Rock Art & Nelson Mandela Capture Site Day Tour from Durban

The tour starts off with a visit to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu Natal. There we will stop by Pietermaritzburg's City Hall, which claims to be the largest brick building in the southern hemisphere. There we will visit the Gandhi statue also before we head towards the Drakensberg mountains. Kamberg Cave Art is a 90 minute walk and hike from the base camp. This tour is for the physically fit. • Pietermaritzberg City Hall • Drakensberg Kamberg Nature Reserve. • 90 minutes scenic walk to the sandstone cave paintings. • Guided tour of the Sandstone cave paintings of the San people. • Howick Falls. • Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site and Museum.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Drakensberg Giants Castle Nature Reserve 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
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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
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