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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  • The boat we took to Robben Island nearly spoiled my whole experience as it was too fast and caused me motion sickness. It took me a while to recover. Being in Nelson Mandela's cell was an emotional af...  more »
  • Tour guides are ex-political prisoners. Great stories. On the ferry back the dolphins were following us doin all that dolphins do but in their natural habitat.  more »
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  • One of the must see places in South Africa with its own unique flavor of beauty and and intrigue. The bus tour around the island can use a bit of a revamp and more time to stop at the different places to take photos and take in the moment. The prison tour it self is very insightful and educational.
  • Misleading information on the history and some prisoners......if the want to share history they must share the truth as stated on some documents that is available to the public on the island....but they tend to change it ad they please......
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