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“Madiba's steps” 5 of 5 stars
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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.
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Madiba's steps”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Gut wrenching voyage through the perils of apartheid. The Ferry ride doesn't prepare you for the harshness of this time. First hand account by ex-prisoners as tour guides. Visit cages smaller than dog kennels. Make sure you see the rock pile. My soul was touched by history..

Visited November 2013
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Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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“History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The boat ride to the island,the history,the presentation of the life of Mr.Nelson Mendella is captivating in various ways .His prison cell where he was imprisoned for all those years,his motivation to chage the country is what this trip is about and you leave from there taking a piece of history with you .

Visited June 2014
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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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White Rock, Canada
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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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Katikati, New Zealand
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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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