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

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Robben Island Ferry & Island Tour With Hotel Pick-Up

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   5.0 hour

$71

Take the ferry to Robben Island from Cape Town and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept du...

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Robben Island: Ferry Ticket and Prison Tour for Foreigners

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 4 hour

$36

Travel to Robben Island by ferry and visit the famous prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years. ...

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Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

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   8.0 hour

$90

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

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Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Guided Prison Tour

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 4.0 hour

$68

Get skip-the-line entry to the Robben Island Ferry, then join a former inmate to explore the prison ...

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

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   8.0 hour

$82

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

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Robben Island Ferry Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up

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   5 hour

$72

This half-day package includes a hotel transfer by shared shuttle and a ticket to the ferry, plus a ...

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Cape Town: Table Mountain, Robben Island, and Aquarium Tour

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    9.0 hour

$41

See Cape Town's top tourist attractions in a single day. Join a guided tour complete with hotel pick...

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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Private Cape Point Tour

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   8.0 hour

$164

See two of the biggest Cape Town highlights in one day with entrance fees to Robben Island and Cape ...

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Cape Town: Robben Island Skip-the-Line Tour & Table Mountain

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   8.0 hour

$164

Discover highlights of Cape Town on this guided tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entry for a tour of Robben...

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Cape Town: Robben Island Museum and Ferry Ticket

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 4.0 hour

$82

Explore the iconic Robben Island only a 30-minute ferry ride from Cape Town. See the prison that was...

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Cape Town: Robben Island, Bo-Kaap & Table Mountain Tour

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   8.0 hour

$175

Explore Cape Town on an informative full-day sightseeing tour. See where many were incarcerated duri...

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

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   8 hour

$260

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 By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

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 20.0 minute

$199

Take a scenic helicopter ride to Robben Island for an unrivalled viewing experience. Circumnavigate ...

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Robben Island & Township - Full Day Cape Town Tour

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   8 hour

$84

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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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Private Tour: Robben Island, City Tour and Table Mountain

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   8.0 hour

$150

Discover the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, exploring apartheid history. Visit Table Mount...

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Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Tickets.

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   5.0 hour

$93

Discover the Robben Island Museum on a half-day tour from Cape Town. Connect with a vital chapter of...

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Full Day Township & Robben Island Heritage Tour

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   8.0 hour

$87

Discover the history of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, the political leader and former preside...

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Cape Town: Robben Island Discovery Half-Day Tour

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 4.0 hour

$78

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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