The wheels of the official KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Route Tour Bus have moved towards the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the Midlands Meander on Friday the 27th of September for the first time.

Fifteen years ago, a casual coffee chat at OPC (aka Old Prison Café) at Old Prison Project Gateway, Pietermaritzburg, between Di Milford (Project Gateway) and Bunny Bhoola (African Link) mushroomed into, the about to be launched, KwaZulu Natal Freedom Route Tour Bus which follows legendary footsteps to Freedom. The Pietermaritzburg / Howick story. The tour made its first appearance on World Tourism Day in South Africa – with dignitaries, celebrities, major hospitality role players and media to Mandela Capture Site to celebrate.

Exciting news indeed is that KwaZulu Natal Freedom Route Tour Bus has made its maiden long-awaited appearance on the World Tourism Day 27th of September 2019 and appropriately during Heritage month in South Africa.


Listen to Team KZN Freedom Route (aka Tour Guide and his eager beavers) telling stories by relating fascinating snippets as well as longer tales of triumph that influenced lives, restored dignity, changed history, pertaining to each of the four authentic iconic unique locations in this, the KwaZulu Natal Freedom Route Tour – the Pietermaritzburg / Howick Story.

When approaching e.g. Arya Samaj Manaye Hall, hear how Madiba came upon this venue, how the Secret Police tracked Madiba to this hall and how a crowd of over 1400 people in house (attending All-in Africa Conference in May 1961) rallied around Madiba, who had faked an epileptic attack to avoid capture. En-route to Mandela Capture Site, you will hear the King’s Tale, by-pass a royal palace and the house where Moses Mabida once lived.

Tour departs from Pietermaritzburg, Capital City of KwaZulu Natal, home to legends, historical locations and hidden heritage gems – a city featured in best-sellers, location and subject of many movie scripts, theatrical productions and the basis of life lessons globally.

Four iconic attractions, unique to Pietermaritzburg and the Natal Midlands, relate and reveal how these special spots influenced culture, recorded heritage, changed history and shaped the world, but most importantly, that cannot be copied, replicated or duplicated anywhere else in the world, there is only one:

Manaye Hall.
Old Prison.
Railway Station.
Capture Site.

There is only one Arya Samaj Manaye Hall (location of Madiba’s last address before capture), only one Old Prison – Project Gateway (only museum in South Africa, highlighting Kasturba Gandhi’s life), only one Railway Station in the world, where Gandhi was thrown off the train (Sat 7 June 1893) and only one actual  site where Mandela was captured, on a quiet August Sunday afternoon in 1962 (5 August).

The tour departures daily at 10am. Please contact us for more information, pricing, to book or for sample packages showing how this exciting day trip can be incorporated into a package. 


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