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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
+27 21 409 5100
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Reviewed yesterday

Robben Island is a fascinating place to visit. It is full of history. Once on the island you begin with a coach tour of the island, our guide was very knowledgeable and described the early history of the island including it's early strategic importance; it's...More

Thank Janine B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took my family out, it was our first trip to the island. We sailed on the sea princesses. A day we will never forgot. The historical links to the island are saddening, but it makes you appreciate the struggle of our fallen and living Hero's....More

Thank Thembi N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit and our tour with ex prisoner. Really got a good sense of what it was like there.

Thank KenHy
Reviewed yesterday

If you go to Robben island, buy your ticket beforehand on the internet. Make sure you go to the harbour in time, it took us a while to find the exact spot where the boat would leave and we made it just in time because...More

Thank Ingedd
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was very sad to think of the humiliation and torture that political prisoners during Apartheid had to endure. A trip to Robben Island definitely gives you another parts practice and additional insights, especially when hearing the stories from a former prisoner. Very moving visit...More

Thank 1Trippermonth
Reviewed 2 days ago

We made a booking in advance on internet so we did not wait in line. On robben island we got a tour. There was a lot of explaining. We got the time formnice pictures. After the tour we went to the jail. A prissoner told...More

Thank Vite55e
Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour is most worthwhile. You gain so much understanding of the hardship and suffering experienced .

Thank car0lynbryant
Reviewed 3 days ago

I studied Apartheid and its effects about thirty years ago in high school in a small country 14,000 KM away from SA. Finally visiting the site was surreal. The details of the cruelty, lack of humanity and being in the spaces all this occurred elicited...More

2  Thank Martin V
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was where Mandela was imprisoned for many years. The prison has been maintained so you get the feel for what it was like back then. The tour guide was a former prisoner so he spoke with intimate knowledge of what th prison was really...More

1  Thank Hlondon99
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a very special place that offers an educational tour. It is great that the people who were incarcerated are honoured for the very high price they paid to bring social and political change to South Africa and the world. It is an incredibly...More

Thank Seana W
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28 August 2018|
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Response from jw6969 | Reviewed this property |
With two ferry trips you don’t have so long on the Island - they put you on a bus and take you around some of the Island before you see Mandelas cell, then a talk from an ex-con. If you tried to leave early - say before the... More
Niraj B
4 August 2018|
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Response from Glyn B | Reviewed this property |
We booked ours through a website before we went, unfortunately the trip was cancelled due to bad weather, but luckily we rebooked through the hotel concierge, we ended up paying half of what we originally paid! You can buy... More
24 July 2018|
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Response from Ilzed82 | Reviewed this property |
Keep an eye on the website. They update it early in the morning and it should tell you whether or not the tours are running.