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The Capture Site

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This is the site where Nelson Mandela was ‘captured’ on his return journey to Johannesburg on the R103 – the old main road – 5km from Howick on 5 August 1962. He then began his 27-year incarceration and his long walk to freedom. His arrest is a moment and place in the history of South Africa that has great significance. An art installation depicting Nelson Mandela’s portrait was launched on 4 August 2012.

The Apartheid Museum is collaborating with the uMngeni Municipality and the Ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in establishing this site, and has begun the first phase with the opening of the Truth Café and Truth Store and an exhibition on the life and times of Madiba; Mandela – Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman.

Tours and programmes for schools and visitors interested in the history and heritage of our country are offered. A new museum building is under development.

  • The Impumelelo Bead Artists are also situated here. Internationally recognised, this highly skilled group of women has produced commissions for corporate, national and international collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Malmo Museum in Sweden, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg. Their outstanding beaded artwork and jewellery is available for sale at the site.
  • Function and conferencing facilities are situated here, and the site is a spectacular venue for events and weddings.
  • Horizons Gourmet Picnics offer a unique experience of informal dining in the heart of the Natal Midlands amongst the trees, with a view across the valley to the Inhluzana Mountain.
  • Address:

    Old Main Road (R103) – 5km from Howick heading towards Lions River