Drakenstein Prison, South Africa

Drakenstein Prison, South Africa: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

1. From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the winelands of the South African Cape. Learn all about the process of making fine wines, from the vineyard to the bottle, and visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Paarl. After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, set off to explore the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city/ Enjoy superb scenery, completely different from the landscape of the Cape peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, and the Méthode Cap Classique. Explore the small yet vibrant town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tour of a wine cellar followed by a wine tasting session. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy and continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. Next, visit Franschoek ("the French Corner") which is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with French names, feel the remnants of French culture and the town's old-world charm. Taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. Stop at the site of the Drakenstein Prison, a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment campaigning against apartheid. Discover the town of Paarl, which offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner culture and tradition. As a former haven of the Huguenots pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century after the Edict of Nantes, the town boasts a monument dedicated to the Huguenots. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. Finally, head back to Cape Town with drop-off at your hotel.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

2. From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

Tantalize your taste buds and brush up on your wine knowledge on this Cape Town Full-Day Winelands Tour. Visit the three major wine-producing areas of the Cape and get a chance to taste an assortment of wines coupled with wine pairing among other things. Go to Stellenbosch, known as the Wine Capital of South Africa. Be surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Simonsberg and Jonkershoek. Next, go to Franschhoek to see its century-old Vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Make one last stop in Paarl, the third-oldest City and European settlement in the Republic of South Africa and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. Enjoy three wine tastings at Award-winning wine farms, accompanied by a cheese assortment and cellar tour. Take an exciting ride on the Franschhoek tram, and visit the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his captivity.

From Cape Town: Private Guided Winelands Tour with Pickup

3. From Cape Town: Private Guided Winelands Tour with Pickup

Be prepared for a day filled with wine tastings, food, and wine pairings with local South African flavours, a cellar tour, breathtaking views of the passing scenery, century-old Cape Dutch homes & take a stroll through vineyards with incredible Mountain views. Discover popular Cape Winelands routes- Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with a visit to 3 different wineries for tastings of various wines, cheese, biltong, and chocolate pairings. Start the tour with a scenic drive to the countryside. Visit one of Paarl's best attractions and see a unique goat tower. Take a seat at the custom-designed wine tasting pods and learn about the wineries' rich history and exceptional wines. With a dedicated host, you'll be guided through the tasting of 6 different wines that are all beautifully paired with gourmet cheeses. Spend free time browsing through the deli and gift shop. Next, head to the little French corner found nestled between rolling meadows and centuries-old vineyards that stretch out towards distant towering mountains. Franschhoek is justifiably world-famous for its superb local cuisine and award-winning wine, yet, still retains a heavy French influence. Along the way, stop over to Drakenstein, the prison that once held former President Nelson Mandela. Get the chance to stand in the very place where Mandela took his first steps outside of prison as a free man and admire the larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Mandela. Delve deeper into winemaking philosophy with a fun and insightful cellar tour, and taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialty wines. Sample Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) with optional wine pairings. After working up an appetite you'll be taken to one of the restaurants in Franschhoek to enjoy lunch at your own expense. Journey into Stellenbosch a charming historical town surrounded by beautiful landscape views. Finish the wine tour by clinking your glass and taste fine wines paired with biltong (dried meat-jerky) that offers a real South African experience. End off with a late afternoon drop-off.

From Cape Town: Private Cape Winelands Tour

4. From Cape Town: Private Cape Winelands Tour

Start your Cape Winelands adventure with a convenient pickup from Cape Town and set out towards Stellenbosch, one of the oldest cities in South Africa. Go on a walk through the city, learn about its fascinating history and visit one of the oldest houses in the country. The next stop on your tour is the Victor Vester Prison located between Paarl and Franschhoek. See the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the final days of his imprisonment for campaigning against apartheid. Learn about the history and significance of this prison from your knowledgeable guide and take photos of this historic site. Continue your tour as you make your way to Franschhoek, the region known as the culinary capital of South Africa. Discover the Franschhoek Valley with its picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, and fine wines. The final stop on your private Winelands tour is the largest town in the Cape Winelands, Paarl. Enjoy the spectacular scenery here and learn about its wine history before concluding your Cape Winelands adventure and making your way back to Cape Town. 

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What people are saying about Drakenstein Prison, South Africa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 220 reviews

One of our most beautiful tours we did in Cape Town. Impressive nature, very good wines and the best tour guide we have ever had. Thank you Denver, you made the day unforgettable for everyone.

It was a very interesting tour. Our driver was/is great. The three wineries were well matched to each other. Our group was great. A very nice day in South Africa. Thanks very much!

The travel guide should have explained something more often and more in German. When asked, it worked.

Great trip with a good atmosphere. Beautiful scenery and good wine at a comfortable pace

This was a great experience. Would definitely recommend.