Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central

World heritage site · Island · Historic Site
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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  • We had pre booked this trip via a tour company. I would definitely advise booking in advance as the boats fill up quickly. You are required to turn up 30 minutes prior to the departure time in...  more »
  • You must go to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela and so many other people endured during apartheid. But the museum, staffed by former political prisoners, also tells of the amazing human...  more »
  • A very sobering event. To learn all the struggles and conditions the prisoners lived in was quite incredible especially as tour rep was someone who was actually imprisoned there and experienced the....  more »

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