Robben Island in Table Bay lies 7 kilometres off the coast of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

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Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

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    1 day

€59

On this tour you will visit different townships and the prison Mandela was incarcerated, giving you ...

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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

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    9 hours

€70

Experience a thought-provoking guided tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where the late Nelso...

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Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour

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    9 hours

€95

A tour designed to maximize on your time in Cape Town, this tour includes all the ‘must-sees’ w...

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Full-Day Walk to Freedom Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

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    9 hours

€81

This tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa’s history and past injustices, the legac...

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Robben Island & Township - Full Day Cape Town Tour

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   8 hour

€77

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Feel the raw energy of Cape Town's history in one unforgettable morning. Visit the oldest and newest...

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Robben Island and Cape Town City Private Tour

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    9 hours

€202

A tour designed to maximize on your time in Cape Town, this tour includes all the ‘must-sees’ w...

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Walk to Freedom Private Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

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    9 hours

€207

This tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa’s history and past injustices, the legac...

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Half-Day Robben Island Tour from Cape Town

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 4 hours

€144

Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Afri...

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Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Private Short City Tour

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   6 hour

€56

Skip the lines to buy your Robben Island ferry ticket, and enjoy a short city tour of the historical...

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Sam's Cultural Tours or Township tours

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 4 hours

€35

This half day cultural tour starts in District Six with an introduction to the townships and the da...

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Robben Island & Cape Town Private City Tour (Table Mountain)

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    10 hour

€217

Learn more about the recent history of South Africa and visit the museum at the former prison on Rob...

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Half Day Robben Island Excursion

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 4 hours

€162

We will collect you from your hotel an hour before the ferry leaves.  The ferry leaves from the...

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Full Day Robben Island and Table Mountain Tour

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    1 day

€195

Visit 2 world heritage sites in one day!  This tour combines an absolutely breathtaking boat tr...

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Path to Freedom - Robben Island, Gugulethu and District Six

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    9 hour

€278

Follow in the footsteps to freedom with this full-day tour to learn about the painful past of our Ra...

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India Venster: 1/2 day Hike

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   5 hour

€80

...thtaking views of the City, West Coast, Robben Island, spectacular rock formations, Twelve Apostles, False Bay and surro...

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Table Mountain Hike in Cape Town

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   8 hours

€172

...Table Bay and Robben Island, landmarks that guide hikers across the flat-top and to the cable car for an easy way down.

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Half-Day Walk to Freedom Tour in Cape Town

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   4 hours 30 minutes

€48

... Quarter, District Six, District Six Museum and Langa Township. This half day option excludes a visit to Robben Island.

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Half-Day Walk to Freedom Private Tour in Cape Town

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   4 hours 30 minutes

€122

... Quarter, District Six, District Six Museum and Langa Township. This half day option excludes a visit to Robben Island.

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Robben Island, Cape Town

Robben Island in Table Bay lies 7 kilometres off the coast of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town.

Robben Island in Table Bay lies 7 kilometres off the coast of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town. Home to the prison in which Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years he spent behind bars, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for bearing witness to South Africa's sombre history, and symbolizing 'the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom and of democracy over oppression'. The tiny 3.3 km long and 1.9 km wide oval island has been used since the end of the 17th century for the isolation of political prisoners and lepers. It was home to over 3000 anti- Apartheid political prisoners during their fight to end institutionalized racism.

To reach the island, take a 45 minute ferry ride from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront to the Murray's Bay Harbour. Explore the island to see the 17th century lime and bluestone quarries, the tomb of Hadije Kramat who died in 1755, 19th century administrative buildings including a chapel and parsonage, Robert Sobukwe's house, small lighthouse, remains and graveyard of a leper colony, the lepers' church, ruins of World War II military bunkers around the harbor, and the maximum security prison of the Apartheid era which has Mandela's cell. Guided tours present an overview of the island's history, as well as personal accounts of some former prisoners.

In stark contrast to its depressing history, the island and waters around are home to a great variety of wildlife, including over 132 species of birds such as African Penguins, Crowned Cormorants and Black Crowned Night Herons. You may also see tortoises, Cape Fur Seals, and Southern Right Whales.


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About Robben Island

 Table Bay, Cape Town

Robben Island and Nearby Sights on Map

Bloubergstrand Beach

Bloubergstrand has a white sand beach with great views of the Table mountain across the bay

Cape Town Stadium

Melkbosstrand Beach

Lion's Head

The distinctively shaped Lion's Head peak rises to a height of 669 metres between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, which was earlier called Lion's Tail

Cape Wheel

The Cape Wheel is a giant 40 metre high ferris wheel on the V&A Waterfront that offers panoramic views over the city, Robben Island, Table Mountain, and Paarl Mountains

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront showcases the marine life of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean, which meet at Cape Town

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on the Atlantic coast in Cape Town is the highlight of South Africa's oldest working harbour

Table Bay

The Table Bay on the Atlantic Ocean is 12 miles long and 8 miles wide, with gorgeous white sand beaches that are great for windsurfing and kitesurfing

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is an ethnically diverse quarter of Cape Town, known for its brightly colored houses and cobble-stoned streets

Camps Bay

Camps Bay attracts hordes of international visitors every summer, who come here for the white sands and scenery