Fodor's Expert Review Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Memorial/Monument/Tomb Fodor's Choice

In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of Nelson's Mandela's capture, this breathtakingly dramatic steel sculpture was unveiled and the visitor center opened. You will never have seen anything quite like this—don't miss it. The magnitude of what happened here is remarkable: on August 5, 1962, after 17 months on the run, Nelson Mandela, disguised as a chauffeur, was arrested at this very spot on his way from Durban to Johannesburg. He was convicted of incitement and illegally leaving the country and was sentenced to five years in jail before being prosecuted in the Rivonia Trials that led to his 27-year incarceration, most of it served on Robben Island. The tiny on-site gift shop is open daily 8–5; the Truth Café, also on site, is open Friday and Saturday 8–4.

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Howick, KwaZulu Natal  South Africa

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