Experience of the Week – A Conversation with Christo Brand

Christo Brand is a former prison warder on Robben Island, and close friend of Nelson Mandela.

Join Christo Brand for lunch or dinner and hear Christo share his story and insights into his life with Nelson Mandela.  During the course of the meal, Christo will share his unique story from when he grew up on a farm, moved to the city at the age of 12, joined the prison service after Matric, was sent to Robben Island at the age of 19, and met Nelson Mandela for the first time.

South Africa, Western Cape, Robben Island, aerial viewJail cellPrison Barrack on Robben IslandLearn how their relationship grew and developed through a mutual respect and trust for each other.  Christo will share fascinating insights into the life of Mandela from Prisoner to President and how the two men stayed in touch right until Mandela passed away, with Christo a guest of the family at his funeral.

It is a unique story of a young, white, Afrikaans speaking warder who befriended an elderly, black, Xhosa speaking prisoner.  Two men who should have hated each other but instead became close friends.

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Valid: 01 Sep 18 to 31 Dec 19

Days of Operation: Daily – subject to availability

Meeting point: Restaurant/hotel of your choice in Cape Town

Starting time: 13h00 or 19h30 (timings are flexible)

Duration – 2 hours


Children of any age are welcome

No minimum numbers

Ideally a maximum of 8 guests 

Please include Christo Brand and his wife when booking the restaurant meal and drinks

Books are available as an optional extra



A conversation with Christo Brand

Book signing



Meals for guests, Christo Brand and his wife




To view rates, click here or contact a Thompsons Africa consultant to make a booking – info@thompsonsafrica.co.za.


View other activities with Christo Brand:

Guiding Service with Christo Brand

Freedom Flight with Christo Brand

Robben Island Flight with Christo Brand

The One & Only Yacht with Christo Brand


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