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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am both very glad that I went to Robben Island, and also very sad. It is just one of those places that invokes both feelings. I am glad it is still here, and that it is an historic place and also glad that former...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this trip online via the official website (don't book through an agent - do it on the proper site). The guided tour by an ex- prisoner was interesting if a little rushed whereas the introductory bus ride was a bit of a time...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank IanandGilly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do. People should not underestimate how horrific apartheid was, nor the treatment of prisoners. The guide was a former inmate, his story made me cry. A lot. The tour of the prison included the history of how they received information etc,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 742mrsh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was so good and educational. After the boat ride from Cape Town you get off and get on a bus. You’re then taken around the island for about an hour on the bus stopping at various information points that the guide happily point...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank michael1990WL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started queuing for the 13:00 dep at 12:30. Two boats operated by just missed getting on the 1st one. But still left at 13:00. Lucky to get smaller 30 seater bus on arrival rather than the larger coaches. Guide good and informative. The bus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wykeham67
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’d originally booked on the previous day’s trip which was cancelled due to high winds. This is a fact of life in CT so be prepared for a Plan B. We got rebooked on the 11am trip the following day (if your trip does get...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cathym506
Reviewed 1 week ago

A tour worth doing, very sobering and scary to think of how recently this all happened. Shown around by an ex-inmate was really good but the chap had trouble being heard as the groups were HUGE. We had to queue for ages to see Mandela's...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lydia N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum took my breath away, while walking on the grounds of the museum, I had ranges of emotions from hate to hopeful. Donna King from Baltimore

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Donna K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a really great tour which was very humbling. We were shown around by an ex prisoner of the Robben Island prison who was there same time as Nelson Mandela which made it more poignant. A definite must tour to do

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 862clairel
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit was very well organised as everyone was loaded into buses as they landed from the ferry. The guide was excellent and gave a good talk at every stopping point. When we got off the bus to walk round the prison we were guided...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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24 November 2018|
Response from Seaside41672379658 |
This tour is quite disappointing in that the nauticat boat took forever to reach the island. Thereafter, we were hurried into busses and rushed around through such an important place. The tour of the cell was amazing however... More
Dirk H
2 November 2018|
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Response from citybreaker27 | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for delay. We purchased them online the previous day, which was very simple. There were people purchasing tickets at the booth when we arrived but obviously we don’t know which trip they actually booked. Hope this... More