Robben Island Tour, Cape Town

Learn about South Africa’s turbulent past and see the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years.

Board your ferry and depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. Be sure to keep your eyes open on the water as you might spot some dolphins on the way! Once you’ve arrived on the east coast of the Island you will meet your knowledgeable guide and visit all the historical sites around the Island. You will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The tour route includes the Lime Quarry, Roberts Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone Quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the maximum-security prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. You will finish the tour at Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.


  • See the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years and started writing his book the Long Walk to Freedom

  • Learn about South Africa’s rich 500 years old multi-layered history

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I grew up near the picturesque fishing village of Rye, in East Sussex. However, my heart has always been in Africa since I was a young girl. Having a South African father meant my love for the history and colour of this fantastic continent has been a prominent part of my life, and so getting to travel to seven different countries over the last few years has been a dream come true. One of my highlights was flying in the famous yellow bi-plane across Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

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