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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  • Reserve ahead of time. Tickets sell out fast. The boat is pretty full each way. And they pack you in on the old buses on the island. Over all the trip was interesting but there were parts where our gu...  more »
  • The trip to Robben Island was amazing, its definitely a must do if you are in south africa. The tour is given by an ex prisoner of the island and packed with niche and genuine anecdotes which is a rea...  more »
  • Good trip, where we have approximately a 1-hour sailing in force speedboat each way. When you arrive to the island will be guided both by bus and on foot of former catchers who tells stories. A must when you are in Cape town
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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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