Robben Island, Cape Town Central

Visit the World Heritage Site of Robben Island, a spit of land just off the Cape Town coast. The island's main claim to fame is rather unfortunate--it includes the prison in which Nelson Mandela served much of his sentence. Used for isolating political prisoners since the 17th century, the island also housed as a leper colony and a World War II fortress during its history. Take a boat ride to the island to delve into the history of the anti-apartheid movement and see where numerous activists, three of which later became presidents, served out their prison sentences. On a tour of the maximum-security prison, you'll most likely be guided by a former inmate who can offer a glimpse into the grueling experience many suffered here. To visit Robben Island and get the most from your holiday in Cape Town, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cape Town trip itinerary site .
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  • Highly recommend day out. The boats were extremely comfortable and the trip out and back was good fun. Our guides were excellent; very knowledgeable and passionate about their role. The prison grounds...  more »
  • Learnt a lot about the history of freedom fights. Historical places for example the house of tata Robert Sobukwe. The cell where the late President Mandela was locked in  more »
  • The best part of the visit was the ferry ride there and back. Once you arrive on the island the organization is poor. Standing in line to board a dilapidated bus is not my idea of fun.I found the whol...  more »
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  • For history lovers this might be interesting.You take a boat ride to the island once there you get in to buses that take you round. A lot to learn about apartheid and Mandela. There is a provision to book tickets online and in advance.
  • Must visit place in Cape Town. Experience the real Nelson Mandelas story here. Online prebooking recommended.
  • The place is good for historical people but I feel there is more to be done into that place which can bring more tourists, I enjoy the trip on the sea though
  • Tour was very interesting, a must when in Cape Town. Just two critiques: pre-boarding on the mainland is quite unorganized , here are numerous lines...just a mass of people gathered at the entrance. Guides on the island are not properly identifiable, would suggest they wear distinctive clothing or a cap or a name tag.
  • It was educational due to the strugle that african people had

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