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“Island Tour” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Robben Island

Robben Island
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Outdoors
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
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“Island Tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Had a group of 55 US students for a memorable experience. As we all know the Robben island ferry is out of service and being outsourced. And that's we problem starts . The staff on this ferries have staff tip boxes on counters. And also when you exit the boat they stand their shamelessly soliciting tips from guests which I think is disgusting. I think Island management owe it to sub hired companies that this is unethical to do this practise.Other than that great experience.

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“I was on the fence - so glad I went!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Take motion tablets if you are concerned about the ferry crossing - some days calm - other days not and other days cancelled due to weather. Book in advance if you can as the trip is often sold out. My day was a calm crossing. I would have preferred more time on the island. Seemed we were a bit rushed to do the bus tour then the walking piece with an ex prisoner. I would like to have had time to walk on my own - it is a large complex. They are talking of expanding to offer overnight accommodation - currently only day trips - weather permitting. The highlight was certainly the walking portion with the ex political prisoner who spoke of his time on the island as an inmate, his release, his healing and his return to Robben Island to lead tours. Tour gives a better sense of how Mandela spent his many years of incarceration.

Visited May 2014
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“Great Trip to Ropbben Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our tour group coming from New Zealand were not sure whether we would find Robben Island interesting, but we were very glad to have gone there. It was a beautiful days, so we enjoyed the boat trip. On the island we first had a bus tour, with a very informative guide. Then we were shown around the prison by a man who had been sent there as a 20 year old in 1984 and not released until 1991. He was excellent, giving us a lot of interesting historical information and showing no bitterness.

Visited June 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Nice boat trip out can be rough at times apparently but was fine when I did it some fairly big waves on way back but the boats big and handled them fine.

The island itself is remarkable beautiful considering its history. Saw some of the little penguins which was great. The guides are great and really convey the reality of the island as a prison and brig the prisoners experience to life. The one who did the building a tour had actually been an inmate himself. Just fascinating if sad at times to realise how cruel man can be to his fellow man but it reminds us to be mindful of the dangers of intolerance.

Visited September 2013
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“A Sad Story and Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Robben Island told a very sad story. Many men of South Africa, mainly from Capetown suffered
unnecessarily in this horrible prison. Of course, the tour director made it seem much better than
it actually was but those of us who can "hear and read between the lines" know how badly those
prisoners lived. Yet, there were some very smart ones including the man who hooked up the
T-V to the toilet system as the lights were turned off at ten p.m. but with this hook-up they could watch T-V much later into the night. One smart electrician! Many other interesting aspects of this tour which I highly recommend.

Visited April 2014
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