South African National Heritage Site

Inside Nelson Mandela's Home at Victor Verster Prison South Africa by JD Andrews

Two years ago, while visiting South Africa, I was very lucky to tour the inside of this famous house located inside the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly known as Victor Verster Prison) a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek in the valley of the Dwars River in the Western Cape of South Africa, east of Cape Town.

On Wednesday, December 7th 1988 Nelson Mandela was moved to the Victor Vester Prison where he lived in this private house for 14 months.


He was released on February 11, 1990.
Every room of the house, and the garden, was bugged by the authorities.

This house has been declared a South African National Heritage Site and since it resides inside a working prison, not many people have the opportunity to see the inside.

Mandela's inspirational view was The Sleeping Giant (the Simonsberg) Can you see the figure of a man lying on his back, from the left, his head, to his arms folded on his stomach, then feet.

For much more information on Nelson Mandela and this historic day - Click : The Nelson Mandela Foundation