Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central

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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  • This review isn’t political, it’s not an endorsement of the terrible things that took place on or in relation to Robben Island and apartheid in general. With that said, unless you are personally...  more »
  • Being a student in years gone by who protested about apartheid the chance to visit Robben Island and listen to someone who was Imprisoned there made me realise once again that life can be a battle...  more »
  • This is a great place to go with particularly inspiring talk from the ex prisoner and an interesting bus tour on the island itself. This part is fully structured, your are never free to wander about.....  more »
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