Live - Walking

From Prisoner to President - Exclusive Tour of the prison house of Nelson Mandela

by Green Beyond Tours & Travel Co.

Public experiences are in English unless specified as otherwise

  • Location
    Drakenstein/Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Duration
    2h (Public) / 2h (Private)
  • Group Size
    Up to 20 guests (Public) / Custom (Private)
  • Language(s)
    • English


In 2020, we celebrate 30 years since Nelson Mandela's release into freedom and we invite you to join in the celebration.

 Over the course of 90 - 120 minutes, journey through the integral events of Madiba's historical path - from young activist and lawyer to anti-apartheid revolutionary, and subsequently the first democratically elected black President of South Africa. It is with great honour that Beeyonder has been granted exclusive access into Drakenstein Prison where Madiba spent the final 14 months of his 27-year long incarceration.

 As you walk through the house, room by room, your guides will reveal some of the stories from within the house where he was confined while the growing sense of his integrity and nobility of character sets in. As we journey through this incredible life and house, learn why Madiba was relocated twice before his release from captivity – from Robben Island to Pollsmoor to Drakenstein, hear of his conduct towards his captors and oppressors, and his sense of humour from insider's memories and stories. See the table where both the terms of Madiba's release as well as the foundations of South Africa's new democratic constitution were negotiated. Touch on the various methods of communication Madiba adhered to, the "bugged" environment he lived within, and the “metamorphosis” of his captors from oppressors to friends and admirers.

Public Experience Private/Custom Experience
Who You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe. Exclusive experience for you and/or your party
Interaction You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants. You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.
Experience Standard, curated for the public. You can make custom requests to your interests.
When Choose from an available time. Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.
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Preparing for your Experience

A reliable internet connection with access to audio or headset and microphone

Please bring along notepad and paper to jot down your notes and also any questions you may have. 

Meet Your Guide

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Moira Edmunds/Manfred Jacobs
Green Beyond Tours & Travel Co.

On this touching tour, broadcast live from Cape Town, South Africa walk along with individuals who were both in close proximity and served as Madiba's allies. Your guides will include Manfred Jacobs, a warden at Victor Verster prison, where Madiba spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long incarceration and Moira Edmunds, whose tireless fight for Madiba's release as a then member of the ANC, and involvement with the Centre for Intergroup Studies earned her the honour of standing at his side on the terrace on his first public appearance on the day he gained his freedom. Each of your guides’ expertise comes directly from their personal knowledge of, and interaction with Madiba (as Mandela was respectfully known).