Hear intimate stories as you come to understand the unique connection between Christo Brand and Nelson Mandela during Madiba’s incarceration. After meeting Christo at the NAC Helicopters Cape Town offices, your scenic and informative flight will depart from the V&A Waterfront, bound for the infamous Robben Island. Landing on the island, you’ll be struck by its stark beauty and isolation, as Christo shares his personal account and in-depth knowledge of the island and prison.
From Robben Island you’ll be treated to the breathtaking beauty of the Atlantic Seaboard, with uninterrupted views of the popular Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. At Hout Bay, your flight will head inland towards Steenberg, where Christo will share his memories of Madiba’s five and a half years at Pollsmoor Prison. Heading east, you’ll fly towards Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl (formerly Victor Verster Prison), where Mandela spent his final years in prison.
Gliding over the undulating Cape Winelands, you will make your way to the picturesque town of Franschhoek (“French Corner”), to be welcomed at Sir Richard Branson’s magnificent Mont Rochelle Estate, where you will be invited to taste their delectable wines, followed by lunch in the vineyards.
Upon your return to the V&A Waterfront, you’ll no doubt be absorbed in your thoughts as you replay key moments of the day, pondering what life must have been like for these two remarkable men, brought together by such hapless circumstances.