Thank you, Christo, for a great tour!  I loved meeting you and hearing your stories about your friendship with Nelson Mandela.  You’re a kind and wonderful person, a great human being.

Private Tour, Liz Warkenstein, June 2019

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Cellars-Hohenhort listening to Christo Brand, former warden on Robben Island and co-author of My Prisoner, My Friend based on his ling term friendship with Nelson Mandela.  Loved the Mandela inspired menu by Chef Paul Nash.

Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel, Mandela Day, 18 July 2019

The clients loved the tour with Christo – they really, really enjoyed the intimacy.

Jetty One and Pollsmoor Half Day Tour, 25 July 2019

The talk was great. Christo was engaging and clear and his story was powerful and inspiring. It was amazing to hear his stories about Mandela and other political prisoners. I will definitely use Christo again as it’s the perfect solution for when Robben Island is cancelled.

Mike Gathercole, 2 Way Travel - Robben Island Plan B, 2 July 2019

Michiel was awesome today, we had a good tour on the island and it made all the difference doing it this way! My guests were very happy and they said it was the only way to experience the island having done it the normal way 10 years prior!

Thanks for your assistance and I hope to be in contact soon with future tours!

Private Robben Island Tour with Michiel Vosloo - Tina Boast, June 2019

“It has been a longtime wish to visit Robben Island since I was in high school learning of this man called Nelson Mandela. That wish came true, and through Christo Brand’s personal stories and interaction of his time in Robben Island and through the years after Nelson Mandela’s release, my husband and I felt we were also personal friends with Christo and Madiba. This visit was an invaluable experience, made so much more special by Christo.

Thank you Andrew for organizing this on our behalf. Thank you Christo for the priceless time spent with us as you relived your time as a warden in Robben Island, the interest you had after learning that my husband is also in the same line of work that you were in, and your extreme patience with the many hungry questions we had. This was one of the many highlights of our unforgettable trip and we humble thank you both from our hearts.”

Lyn and Ron Acero

Private Robben Island tour - Lyn and Ron Acero, June 2019

It was a pleasure to host Christo in Port Elizabeth.  The talk was great and when trying to relay some of it to my family we were all in tears – it was very moving.

Susan Wilson 

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism event - 22 May 2019

I just want to sincerely thank you, for setting up tonight’s Forum Speaker… I am humbled that we were able to listen to Christo Brand share his story with us, of his time with the legend that is Madiba!  A truly special evening!

The Forum, Port Elizabeth - 20 May 2019

Meeting Christo Brand was the highlight of my recent trip to South Africa.  Christo Brand was Nelson Mandela’s prison warden.  The two became lifelong friends.  Rules were broken and small but great acts of kindness were shown by this amazing man at risk to himself.  Brand wrote the book “Mandela – My Prisoner, My Friend” at Mandela’s urging, insistent he must tell his story.  And what a story it is.  

Shobha Gopinath on Instagram

This book gives a different perspective showcasing Mandela’s leadership, someone I will always deeply respect.  Christo Brand is a brave and kind man who gave his friendship and support to Mr Mandela and his fellow prisoners in times of hardship and that deserves respect  #mustread

Tameena Hussain on Twitter


“Beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that lasted decades.”BMR, MSW, LSW

Very interesting and truly inspiring. Christo Brand (Mandela’s warder) has a very straight-forward writing style, which I personally liked. In addition to the incredible lives led by Mandela and his fellow prisoners, it is fascinating to read a first hand account of a white working class young man growing up during the Apartheid, finding himself stationed with the political prisoners, and becoming a friend of the men he guarded, both during and after their time in prison.” – Laura Pugh

Fascinating book by a man who became friends with Mandela while serving as his warder (prison guard). Interesting look at the period leading to his becoming the president of South Africa, with interesting glimpses of behind-scenes developments. Also really showed the humanity of Mandela in ways no one else could have.” – Dee Halzack

Inspiring story that shows extending kindness even in the darkest of situations can have positive results.” – Sarah Snow

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“A powerful and heartwarming story about two men!” – carol dougherty

“Had the privilege of meeting and hearing Mr Brand speak while on a trip to South Africa. Enjoyed reading the entire story and learning more about Mandela.” –

This book should be prescribed reading for all warders, teaches, policeman and people who are taking up positions of power over others.
Mandela at a time of powerlessness recognized that Christo Brand was also in a weak position an gave him respect. Mandela was able to distinguish between the warder and the organization and protected Christo by not demanding favors that would have had bad consequences for Him.
Mandela would have had many warders during his time in prison and I like to think that dome of the others might have also been like Christo. Some might have been moved on because they where also bending the rules in favor of their special prisoners.
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Love this book!” –

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