In the 20th century, Robben Island was a notorious prison for political prisoners under the South African apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, spent no fewer than 18 of the total of 27 years of his imprisonment on Robben Island.
Today, Robben Island has been transformed into a museum and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ferry that sails to Robben Island departs from Cape Town’s famous Waterfront. It is the same boat that was used to transport the prisoners back and forth to the prison. The visit to Robben Island starts with a guided tour of the infamous prison, including Nelson Mandela’s cell. You then go on a bus tour around the island, stopping at the penguin colony before sailing back to Cape Town.
We recommend that you book this excursion from home, as it is often sold out well in advance. Please be aware, however, that the excursion may be cancelled in bad weather which prevents the boat from sailing to the island. Naturally, you will receive a refund if this is the case.
The tour takes around 3½ hours. Please note that we will require a copy of your passport to book this tour.
|Per person: £51|
|Per child: £28|