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KwaZulu Fam - KZN’s oldest craft brewery and Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site

20th July 2017 - 9:30am

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)

We begin our day by visiting a brewery, as you do!   Not just any brewery, the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in KZN and opened in 1996.   After the guided tour of the small brew house the group had fun in the bar sampling the various featured tipples with names such as Cappuccino Porter, Tipsy Tiger, Pye-eyed Possum, Tiddly Toad, Pickled Pig and Whistling Weasel, all traditionally hand-brewed from secret recipes.   Our next port of call was to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, the spot where he was finally arrested by security police on 5th August 1962 after being on the run for over two years.

He was disguised as a chauffeur but was recognised by the police officer and was subsequently imprisoned for 27 years.   This is a place in the history of South Africa which has enormous significance as it is the location of his capture and is marked by a striking sculpture consisting of 50 ten metre high steel poles set into the landscape, when seen from a particular point focuses into a portrait of Nelson Mandela.   The life of Nelson Mandela and his subsequent transformation from prisoner to President and world icon is illustrated in an exhibition there which tells the story of his long walk to freedom.   A new and enlarged exhibition centre is under construction on the site. Afterwards we return to Durban and stay one night in the Auberge Hollandaise.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Nottingham Road Brewing Company
A bottle display
A guided tour of the micro brewery
The tasting glasses
Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) and Debbie Marshall (Guide)
Being welcomed to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site
The Nelson Mandela sculpture
A display in the temporary museum
Nelson Mandela’s arrest sheet
Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal)
Pauline Westgate (Travel Counsellors UK), Lindsey Ingham (Carrier Travel UK), June Smith (Barrhead Travel UK), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal), Jenny Robertson (Flight Centre UK), Sizakele Cele (TKZN) and Gordon Manning (Irish Sun)
The actual spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested

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