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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  • Robben Island is a must-see site in Cape Town. The tours are very informative and well done. The boat trip over is about 30 minutes and allows for wildlife viewings - we saw 2 whales and many sea lion...  more »
  • I've done this tour twice before,13 years ago and 15 years ago and I found this recent tour to be a high let down,the biggest being that they have let the lime quarry become overgrown so now no one ca...  more »
  • The ferry ride was very nice and offered great views of the city. We even saw a whale on the trip. The entire experience of Robben Island left quite an impression, especially having a former prisoner ...  more »
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  • History you cannot mis out when traveling to Kaapstad. We had a great tour and a nice boat trip. The busses are a bit old but the guides make it more then worth it. Inside the prison you get a tour by an ex-prisoner. That is quit impressive to be honest.
  • 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.
  • The place us really good for history and chilling
  • Another must visit, if you are in Capetown. This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for the majority of his 27 years. The boat ride offers a different perspective of Capetown. Everything looks majestic, then the tour gives you an insight into the cruel regime of the times.
  • 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
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