Set off on an exciting journey into South Africa’s political history, learning first-hand about the life of Nelson Mandela. Start your day with Christo Brand, Mandela’s warder and close friend. Discover the fascinating circumstances of their first meeting on Robben Island in 1978 during Mandela’s incarceration there. Brand lifts the lid on the unlikely friendship that was forged between the young warder and the wise old prisoner. Afterwards, take to the skies as you enjoy a scenic flight departing from the iconic V&A Waterfront. Head out over the glittering waters to Robben Island – a striking sight, particularly from above where the extent of Mandela’s isolation is most evident.
The next leg of this exhilarating journey takes you along the stunning coastline and the Atlantic Seaboard. Have your camera ready for the superb sights of Camps Bay and the famous Clifton beaches. At Hout Bay, your flight turns inland and makes for Steenberg, the oldest farming site in Cape Town. Christo’s stories of Mandela continue as you explore this lush region. Learn about his time in Pollsmoor Prison and experiences at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre as you view it from above.
Touch down in nearby Franschhoek, set deep in the heart of the Cape Winelands against the dramatic backdrop of magnificent Mont Rochelle. Reflect on your poignant experiences today as you enjoy a delicious lunch, sample fine wines and savour mountain views. Your return journey to the V&A Waterfront promises verdant scenery and picture-perfect views.
Included in the tour
- Private helicopter flight
- Guided curated tour by Christo Brand
- Two signed copies of Christo Brand’s book, Doing life with Mandela: my prisoner, my friend
- Wine-tasting and a three-course lunch (set menu) at MIKO at Mont Rochelle Estate in Franschhoek