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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
+27 21 409 5100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must do- to see some real life history.... a very interesting afternoon- but book in advance.

Thank TheBays
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have always wanted to visit Robben island finally got there and it didn’t disappoint. I was lucky I hadn’t booked but it wasn’t peak season so managed to get a ticket on the day. The boat ride is a trip in itself. On arrival...More

Thank AngHam1961
Reviewed 3 days ago

The trip to Robben Island by boat is itself a wonderful journey and the tour that welcomes you on the other side is informative and interesting. Once on the bus, a guide and driver point out the major areas of interest and then drop you...More

Thank ahendren
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

High speed catamaran brings guests to the pier of Robben Island in approx 30 minutes. Then "proceed to the bus" that makes a small tour to the southern tip with a bright view on Table Mountain and the town. We were very lucky to have...More

Thank Geert_De_Belie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Get your tix for this online as it often sells out. If the weather is inclement, your ferry will be cancelled. It's an awesome trip out there and well worth the visit. You will have tears in your eyes as the guides show you the...More

Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a fantastic visit and was humbled by the humanity and kindness of the tour guide inside the prision. He had been a prisoner for seven years in that prison himself. A wonderfull narrator he was too.

Thank Scottkjs
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A must see, how the old regime badly treated political opponents during the apartheid era. The Island is now full with nature.

Thank Eduard S
Reviewed 6 days ago

My 3rd time luck has been completed in getting to Robben Island tried 5 years ago (twice) and failed due to weather and bad management of running tours to this place. With all the world looking on this place this Heritage site is dismal with...More

Thank czepluchtraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a bumpy lumpy boat trip across to the island, the tour of the island and its historic buildings made us all think. This is a huge part of South Africas recent history. The trip is not going to make to laugh, but it will...More

Thank Steve-S-0604
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to go to Robben Island on a Sunday which was quite crowded everywhere we sent. The ferry across from the V & A Waterfront area was quite enjoyable and the bus trip with excellent comentary was quite good. It was really interesting being...More

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August 28, 2018|
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Response from jw6969 | Reviewed this property |
With two ferry trips you don’t have so long on the Island - they put you on a bus and take you around some of the Island before you see Mandelas cell, then a talk from an ex-con. If you tried to leave early - say before the... More
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August 4, 2018|
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Response from Bookdmdano | Reviewed this property |
We bought online. I think that’s the quickest way.
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Ilzed82 | Reviewed this property |
Keep an eye on the website. They update it early in the morning and it should tell you whether or not the tours are running.