Just like the District Six Museum, this island is a reminder of all that was wrong with the apartheid rule. This is where Nelson Mandela famously spent 18 of his 27 years in prison and the sight of his prison cell will leave you feeling humbled. Not to be missed when visiting Cape Town!
One of the most moving places to visit, the tour guides are former prisoners, who can offer true insight into the experience.
Robben Island should be visited by everybody at least once. I have been three times, with various different relatives. The island is accessed by a boat trip from V&A Waterfront. Please book in advance as it is extremely popular and you'd be lucky to get tickets by just showing up, even in low season. Once on the island there is a bus tour around the historic sites and then a walk around tour of the island. When I have visited all parts of the tour have been led by former inmates. I found their commentaries both informative and very moving. It is a thought provoking experience which will stay with you forever.
Amazing bring out the true history of south africa!!!
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in this island prison for 27 years. The island itself is quite scenic, with penguins sightings most days.
A must see !!
I can truthfully only give this a 3* rating. But it's almost a 'must-do' in Cape Town.I've been a handful of times with friends when they've come over to visit. And it depends on the guide so much.The 1st time I loved it - so chances are good that you'll love it too. But my tours have been less successful recently.Book this for early in your stay as trips are quite often cancelled due to weather (especially wind).
Our tour guide was an actual ex-prisoner of Robben Island and his stories were quite amazing. If you're interested in South African history it is especially informative and enlightening. The ferry out there also provides great photo opportunities for good shots of Cape Town.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned o this Island. Take a boat trip from the V & A to the island for a guided tour of the prison and his cell.
Robben Island should be visited simply because of what it is - the place where male political prisoners were isolated. Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum and the women's prison on Constitution Hills are better administered and leave a greater impact. A tour of Robben Island feels more like a Sunday family outing to view the Cape Town skyline.