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Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

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Robben Island Ferry Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up

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Cape Town: Half-Day Townships Tour with Robben Island Option

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Visit some of the notorious townships of Cape Town, including District Six, and learn more about Sou...

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Robben Island Ferry & Island Tour With Hotel Pick-Up

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Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour

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    9 hours

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

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

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    10 hour

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

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Robben Island & Township - Full Day Cape Town Tour

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   8 hour

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Robben Island and Cape Town City Private Tour

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Half-Day Robben Island Tour from Cape Town

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 4 hours

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Walk to Freedom Private Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Private Cape Point Tour

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    10 hour

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Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Private Short City Tour

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   6 hour

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

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Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour

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Small-Group Robben Island and Cape Town Full-Day Tour

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Full Day Robben Island and Table Mountain Tour

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$215

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Path to Freedom - Robben Island, Gugulethu and District Six

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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