10.25 AM - 10.30 AM
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Reception at the Taj Cape Town Hotel

Booking notes

The tour takes places on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10h30 in the morning. Bookings are considered essential

Note other days of the week are available on request basis.

A guided walking tour bringing to life a series of significant events in Mandela’s time in Cape Town both as a prisoner and eventually as our first democratically-elected president.

When most people think about Mandela and Cape Town they don’t see beyond Robben Island, but Cape Town has a captivating Mandela story to tell as it provided the setting for the unfolding of a series of significant and secretive meetings that led to the surprise release of Mandela and the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990.

This story is rich with elements of human drama: pain & heartache, bravery & courage, secrecy and intrigue.  Amongst the players is a president, a chief of prison, a spy and a prisoner.  The setting is Cape Town.

Highlights: 

  • The Mandela Rhodes Building – setting the context and continuing the legacy of the great man
  • Greenmarket Square & the Methodist Church – understanding the role played by religious groupings in “the struggle”
  • City Hall and the iconic event that took place on 11th Feb 1990
  • Rhodes and Smuts – understanding the role of imperialism and the SA Nationalist party
  • Parliament – where the laws of apartheid were legalized and where Mandela sat as the first democratically-elected President
  • Tuynhuis – the setting for secret, behind the scenes meetings and negotiations
  • Queen Victoria St – with its ‘apartheid benches’ and high court buildings
  • Physicality: Low
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Culture shock: Medium
    Culture shock rating

    Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we\'ve classified things to help you make a selection.

    Low

    Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.

    Medium

    You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.

    High

    Think things you probably wouldn\'t do on your own ...

  • Group size: from 2 to 4 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Reception at the Taj Cape Town Hotel

  • Drop-off location: 

    Robert Gray Memorial, between Taj Hotel and Mandela Rhodes Place

  • Pickup time: (10.25 AM - 10.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (12.00 PM - 12.30 PM)

Itinerary

Meet the tour guide in reception of Taj Cape Town Hotel. Note starting time for the tour is at 10h30. The tour departs from the steps of the Bishop Robert Gray Memorial, St George’s Mall, adjacent to the Taj Hotel (where St George’s Mall meets Wale Street).

Join us for a 2 ½ hour walk, which covers approximately 2km of the historic and cultural heart of Cape Town and brings to life the journey Mandela took from his conviction in 1964 at the Rivonia Trial until his current status as a global icon of bravery and freedom.

Highlights of the tour include the Mandela Rhodes Building and the many boards and photos depicting his life, Greenmarket Square and the Methodist Church for a discussion on the role played by religious groupings during “the struggle”, City Hall and Parliament and details of the iconic speech given by Madiba after his release, as well as Tuynhuis which forms the setting for secret, behind the scenes, meetings and negotiations; and finally Queen Victoria Street with its apartheid benches’ and high court buildings.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation more than 45 days prior to commencement of services will result in your deposit of 50% being retained in lieu of cancellation penalties.

A cancellation 45 days and less prior to commencement of services will result in a cancellation fee of 100%. I.e. Full payment will be retained in lieu of cancellation penalties.