Robben Island Museum, Cape Town

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Robben Island Museum, 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 Museum 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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  • It’s a really nice boat ride out to the island and back (but that really is incidental) and the bus tour round the island was informative. However, the prison tour will live in the memory for a... 
    It’s a really nice boat ride out to the island and back (but that really is incidental) and the bus tour round the island was informative. However, the prison tour will live in the memory for a...  more »
  • After due to come the day before but was cancelled at last minute thankfully we managed to go today.It was a fantastic humbling experience,listening to the ex prisoner story as he showed us around I....  more
    After due to come the day before but was cancelled at last minute thankfully we managed to go today.It was a fantastic humbling experience,listening to the ex prisoner story as he showed us around I....  more »
  • One of the main highlights of our trip to Cape Town was Robben Island. Our bus guide was clear and gave detailed information of the different areas. However, our tour by the former inmate was... 
    One of the main highlights of our trip to Cape Town was Robben Island. Our bus guide was clear and gave detailed information of the different areas. However, our tour by the former inmate was...  more »
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  • Excellent. It was an honor to have been there. Thanks to the guides and especially the X prisoners. You spoke of your tails from the heart and soul. Thank you for all the wheelchair friendliness. The tour bus had a lift. So impressed.
  • This island is a great place to visit. I contains a very rich history from when it was discovered, explored and used for different purposes until it became a prison. This is its way of telling its tale to the world
  • Awesome experience courtesy of the friendliest tour guides. Very knowledgeable. A must do when visiting the Cape. One thing to note though is that more could be done to maintain this national treasury.
  • Nothing I can recommend for anyone so don't break a leg to go there. The boat ride was good but the trip on the bus was exhausting. The jail experience was also dissapointing expected more to see on the island. It's almost 5 hours out of your day
  • Very informative. Good to hear from an ex inmate. It is well conducted and managed especially with Covid restrictions.

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