Mandela capture site Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 17th June 2016

    The Drakensberg mountains are for me the most majestic mountains to tour and to share this place with my clients is truly a blessing!

  • 5th September 2015

    Drakensberg and Midlands tour of KwaZulu Natal 1-2 September 2015

     

     

     

    It would be north of Durban where our Drakensberg and Midlands of KwaZulu Natal tour would begin. After meeting my clients at 6am we departed for Sani Pass and a tour over into Lesotho over the majestic Drakensberg mountain range.

     

    This day would be a very long day as it always is but this time I would have to stay at the bottom of the pass as the vehicle was full with the specialist Sani pass guide leading the adventure into Lesotho.

    I was able to get some work done before my clients returned somewhat tired but happy at after the amazing tour into Lesotho up Sani pass. They got to visit a Basotho village and taste some Basotho bread and beer! This is always a highlight on these Drakensberg day tours.

    Of course the climb up the pass into Lesotho is breathtaking and the stop for lunch at the Highest Pub in Africa at 2874 meters is amazing!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg

    Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg, sani pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After my clients returned we still had what turned out to be a 3 hour drive to the Central Drakensberg as we had such bad mist I could hardly see right in front of my nose so we had to go slowly.

     

    We arrived at 7pm at Didima one of the most beautiful places in the Drakensberg and home to Cathedral peak the main peak in the area which is 3004 meters above sea level. 

     

    It was dark so we settled in for some dinner before quick  star gazing and then bed!

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: Drakensberg tour 

     

     

     

     

    We enjoyed a sleep in and met for breakfast at 07:30 am but the mountain was looking so beautiful we had to get some picture of it before breakfast.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, View of Cathedral peak

    Drakensberg tour, View of Cathedral peak

     

     

     

     

     

    To show the perspective of the area I photographed my vehicle into the picture as well. The huts are shaped like the Eland antelope which is the San-Bushmens totem animal(the original South Africans).

     

    After breakfast we visited the Rock art center which has a museum on the bushman and has artifacts like original San-Bushmen Quiver and Arrows. This was found my J.S. Lombard in 1926 in the area of Didima. He of course felt he could make some money and tried to sell it. It now is of huge significance and part of a rare collection in the Didima valley. We also watched a very powerful 15 minute clip of the area and the Bushmen to understand them more!

     

     

    It was not time to hike to Doreen falls a lovely area in the Didima valley where the San-Bushmen used to run free before they were eradicated by Nguni, British and Dutch settlers.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Hiking in the Drakensberg

    Drakensberg tour, Hiking in the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

    When you hike in the mountains you can sense the loss of life but there is a great peace over the area and the beauty is incomparable with any other land I have visited! The Proteas, our national flower are in this belt at about 1400 meters above sea level and we eve found 2 flowers left on one tree!

    We arrived at Doreen falls and on route spotted some Baboons and many wild flowers.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Doreen falls

    Drakensberg tour, Doreen falls

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way down the mountain and headed very happily to the midlands of KwaZulu Natal where we would visit the Piggly Wiggly for an amazing lunch as well as the shops in the area before heading to the Nelson Mandela capture site!

    After visiting a couple of amazing shops we arrived and the rain had come. It was the first spring rains on the second day of Spring! Good timing!

    We stopped and I explained to my clients about the capture site of Mandela and the plaque that is here to commemorate this even in 1962.

    We then entered the Museum which is a recent additive. It is amazing and very comprehensive!

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandela in arrested

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandela in arrested

     

     

     

     

    On the 5th August 1962 Mandela was arrested on his way from Durban to Johannesburg where he would be having a meeting about the way forward. He was basically in hiding.

     

    Mandela had a huge influence over the changes in our rainbow nation sadly too many of the older generations feel hard done by and still have hard hearts towards the changes where now our nations is free.

     

     

    Mandela stood up to the Apartheid government and back in the days when “Blacks” needed a pass just to enter there own land the city, Mandela and many other decided to protest and burn their passes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandela burns his pass

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandela burns his pass

     

     

     

     

     

    This was one of the first major events in our history which lead to more conflict as the “White” would not tolerate the lack of control over the “Native”….

     

    There were many trials against Mandela and other was in in 1956.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Treason trial 1956

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Treason trial 1956

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Nelson Mandela’s first interview after coming out of hiding


     

     

     

    Mandela managed to get away with this one and then went under cover visiting country’s like England rallying up support against the Apartheid system and to get support for the MK, the violent struggle.

     

    Mandela was a Lawyer and well educated and was wise. He would say things during trials that showed his complex mind and his ability to understand more than most could.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandelas words

    Drakensberg tour, Mandela capture site; Mandelas words

     

     

     

     

     

    These words that Mandela spoke would be worth a read from our President now to the person on the street. South Africa is for all groups of people and not only to be dominated by one group!

     

    We had now ran out of time and although we wanted to visit Howick falls it was raining heavy so we agreed to head back to Umhanga(North of Durban). 

     

    I dropped my clients off and we were all tired but very happy. I would collect them again the following day for a Shakaland day tour.

    This had been another amazing 2 day Durban tour.

  • 5th July 2015

    Durban midlands tour

     

    We began our KwaZulu Natal midlands tour in the Durban area and made our way up to the Nelson Mandela Capture site near Lions river. It would be here where our historical tour would begin!

     

    In 1962 on the 5th of August the late Nelson Mandela was captured on his way from Johannesburg to Durban where he was meeting Chief Albert Luthuli who ironically had won the noble peace prize in 1960! Mandela had been plotting to overthrow the Apartheid government.

     

    On the one side of the road the plaque commemorates this day.

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Plaque commemorating Mandelas arrest in 1962

    Durban midlands tour; Plaque commemorating Mandelas arrest in 1962

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On the other side of the street is the Mandela capture site Museum and the amazing steel structure which at one angle shows off Mandelas face. It is a special walk from the museum to the structure as it is a long walk giving you time to take in and thing about what had happened in this country during those Apartheid years and what was to follow.

     

    This is a tour from Durban into the midlands of KwaZulu Natal which hasn’t yet taken off but I do hope it is one that I get to take clients on more often!

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Mandelas face edged in Steel

    Durban midlands tour; Mandelas face edged in Steel

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mandela was one of the few to step out of the box and start the MK, Mkonto we Sizwe, the violent movement against the Apartheid government. In the museum we got to see a lot of the history behind Mandelas life from failed marriage to being set free after 27 years of imprisonment.

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Mandela arrested

    Durban midlands tour; Mandela arrested

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After Mandela was captured and then trialed, during this trial he mentioned that freedom was much more important than his own life and if he was to be put to death he would accept it. Amazingly for Mandela he was sentenced to life in prison which meant he could contemplate ways of trying to free the people from apartheid. This he did! 

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Mandela grows in prison

    Durban midlands tour; Mandela grows in prison

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    During our Durban day tour to the Midland and spending time in the museum you really realise how stupid the Whites in South Africa were. If brings to mind questions like “what were they so afraid of?”

     

    The next image show something I am not proud of and something which I will try and explain with my own thoughts.

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; our sad past during Apartheid

    Durban midlands tour; our sad past during Apartheid

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On a Midlands day tour in KwaZulu Natal and seeing images like the above I can only feel huge pain for how ignorant the White south africans were.

     

    I can also only explain the above image as meaning that the Whites were scared of loosing control as they were the minority and the Blacks were the majority. No other explanation comes to mind or makes any sense.

     

     

    Freedom would eventually prevail when Mandela was set free and when South Africa had its first democratic election in 1994.

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Finally we were all free

    Durban midlands tour; Finally we were all free

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Finally all South Africans could have a say into who and how the country would be run and Mandela was voted into power with an overwhelming majority! As memory serves me the ANC won with about 67 % of the vote.

    Finally Mandelas dreams had come true for the country of South Africa and being as selfless as he was he stepped down after his first term to allow others to continue his legacy.

     

    One of South Africas major moments particularly for the White South Africans what in 1995 when we won the 1995 Rugby world cup.

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; one of the biggest moments for South Africa

    Durban midlands tour; one of the biggest moments for South Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There was a lot of build up to this event with Mandela rallying around the team and what was always known to the Black South Africans as being an Apartheid sport was now being portrayed by Mandela as bigger than just the sport. Sport has the ability to bring people together of all races and Mandela used this to help unite our countries people. I will not forget that day as I watch South Africa win the World cup and Mandela being there to hand over the William Web Ellis trophy to Francois Pienaar!

     

    Mandela had achieved so much and to look at his names in the next image is very interesting.

     

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Names translated

    Durban midlands tour; Names translated

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had now finished with the Mandela capture site and we made our way back to “Butterfly’s for Africa” for lunch and then to take a look around the Butterfly house.

    It was lovely and humid inside but we saw a huge variety of Butterfly’s and the lunch was great as well.

     

     

     

    Durban midlands tour; Butterflys for Africa

    Durban midlands tour; Butterfly’s for Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Durban midlands tour was now completed and we made our way back to Umhlanga near Durban where I dropped my client off who has spend 4 days on tour with me and at least seen a lot of what KwaZulu Natal has to offer from History to Culture and Nature!

     

    What a great selection of Durban day tours.

     

    If you wish to join any of these tour please contact me or look at the link below:

     

    Durban Midlands tour