Tickets for Robben Island can be booked online, or in person at the centre in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront. The tickets may be sold out on the day (as we found) so book a few days in advance. The journey to the island, which takes about an hour by boat is VERY choppy, and all passengers experienced seasickness, so take medication if you can/be warned!
When you arrive on the island, you immediately board a crowded tour bus (a challenge after the aforementioned seasickness). A guide then gives about an hour's tour of the island from the bus, explaining the history of the island and about some of the prisoners. There is a toilet/refreshment stop half way through which provides a chance to get some fresh air, then back on the bus for the rest of the tour.
You get off the bus at the prison building where Mandela's cell was, and receive a tour from a former prisoner, who shows you around the group cells and explains what life was like there. The tour ends with a chance to see Mandela's cell.
Then there's a chance to visit the gift shop before it's back on the choppy boat to Cape Town.
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