Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most infamous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela.<
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Step back in time on a history tour
You will be collected from your accommodation at 8am and taken to the Robben Island Museum where you will board a ferry to the island which is 9km away from the V&A Waterfront (entry to Robben Island included in price). The ferry ride is approximately 45 minutes. You will then hop onto one of the buses and be led on a tour by previous inmates of the prison who will tell us stories of their’s and Nelson Mandela’s time in the prison.
The island, a World Heritage Site some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed “Robben” (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time. Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base. The aforementioned Nelson Mandela spent only 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.
After the tour of the island you will take a return ferry and your guide will then escort you back to your accommodation at around 1pm.