Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Iziko Slave Lodge

cnr Adderley St & Wale St 021-460 8240 www.iziko.org.za/slavelodge adult R15, child free

S 33 55.501 E 018 25.222

Iziko Slave Lodge was built in 1679 to house Dutch East India Company slaves imported from Madagascar, Indonesia, India, Ceylon and elsewhere. At its peak, it housed over 1,000 slaves in inhuman conditions. The fortress-like structure later housed various government offices and served as the Supreme Court for the Cape Colony between 1815 and 1914. The museum's touching, thoughtful exhibits serve as a memorial to communities affected by slavery and examine the effects of apartheid and racial discrimination on the country.

Your museum experience is best ended with the maze-like Nelson Mandela exhibit, which includes an exclusive documentary on the statesman and his life's struggle for equality. The Mandela show will be on exhibit through January 2011; check the website for exhibit updates.

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