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Robben Island

Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
+27 21 409 5100
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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
+27 21 409 5100
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing trip - but what a sobering experience. Made us very thoughtful. Our ex-prison guard was amazing, informative he was very pleased to answer our quietly asked questions about his own experience on the island, not just the more general information. Both...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very informative tour of the island . Groups are transported on old busses around the island with commentary from an actual inmate. A short tour of the actual jail is also included. Only disappointment is that there is no time to independently walk the island.

Thank traveller59
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Had heard some bad things about this tour, but we really enjoyed it. We saw a lot -- Mandela's cell and many parts of the prison. Really gives a feeling for what he went through.

Thank R00catt
Reviewed 15 November 2016

You need to book this trip in advance because it gets booked up really quick. When arriving we where told that the boat ride will only take 30 mins but this depends on which boat you get on. The large boat takes 1 hour while...More

Thank Leanne H
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We took a ferry ride out to Robben Island and were taken on a tour of the prison that housed Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Our tour guide had been imprisioned on Robben Island for 7 years, so he was able to give us a...More

Thank judy938
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were booked onto the 1pm sailing and had been told to be there at least half an hour early, we queues for two hours and sailed at about 2:30! I have no idea why we were held up, no one told us, not even...More

3  Thank Missturkey
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This was a reminder as to what can happen when one people hates and discriminated against another. It was a stirring visit with a lot of emotion, in light of the possibilities of a Trump - Pence reign over America. The sights you see such...More

Thank Joel K
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Booking is essential for this trip as there only a limited number of boats a day. Boats do not run if the weather is not good or sea is choppy. After boat trip to island you board a bus which take you on a tour...More

Thank Mick S
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Ensure you book early as it gets booked up, be warned! There is a bus tour followed by a walking tour round the prison by an ex prisoner.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic boat trip out to the island, amazing views of the city and table mountain. The tour was poor, very assuming that those going on the trip are very knowledgeable about the history of the island. Our guide explained the conditions prisoners were subjected to,...More

1  Thank Christian P
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3 September 2017|
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Response from PETER B | Reviewed this property |
It is not school holidays so you should be able to get to Robben Island with out too much prebooking. The view of Cape Town form the boat is the best part of the tour!! Once you arrive in Cape Town take the first... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from Sammar A | Reviewed this property |
We booked it right on the spot the same day at the Robben Island Museum/center on the bay. It's busy but tickets were available. We did the last tour of the day and it was relaxed and very educational and left a strong... More
6 August 2017|
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Response from Martin B | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the time of year - it's currently winter and so would not be so busy. At the moment (August), you could probably turn up on the day and get on the next boat, but I'd get to Cape Town and book the day before if... More