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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
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Reviewed today via mobile

Be prepared to pay $12 more for a ticket if you are not a South African - what a joke. Didn't buy a ticket on principle. A group of Swedish tourists at the sales window next to me also refused to pay extra and preferred...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank davidbI357JD
Reviewed yesterday

The tour of Robben Island was one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa. I will not forget the story of our guide, Mr. Makwela, who (like all of the guides) was held there as a political prisoner. The experience of being in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Molly C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit, a lovely place now, met one of the political prisoners and what a story he had to tell. You get to walk round the island and there is plenty of time no rush

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 563shirleyb
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting the island is in 3 steps, with a very poor organisation. 1. Take the metal boat at Cape Town. You will be confined in a closed cabin, without air and without view (windows are low and dirty). No possibility to have a view on...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BILBO75
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Started with the boat ride over staff were offering take pictures but be aware they do expect to be tipped. An interesting day the ex prisoner who gave us the tour of the prison was very passionate and happily answered all questions. It was nice...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Lorraine F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The tour of Robben Islanthe Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with a boat ride to the island with beautiful views of Cape Town and Table Mountain from the sea. Nearing the island, the view shifts to the surprisingly verdant and wildlife populated Robben Island. From the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank aryehby
Reviewed 5 days ago

The weather was against us on my visit, very windy so the tour was very rushed. I think on my next visit I will opt for the private tour to learn more.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank bredmond9
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our family of four enjoyed the tour of the Island. The highlight of the tour was hearing from one of the actual prisoners. The telling of his story was so authentic and articulate that the images of the prisoners appeared on mind as I looked...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Bob E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked the Robben Island trip on the 19th of july. We arrived in the morning to hear our trip got cancelled because of the weather! We couldn’t book another trip because the next 2 days were fully booked. They send the money back to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Anne W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought tickets to go to Robben Island and queued up waiting to get on the boat. The boat was rammed with people and the water was choppy. When we arrived we were all told to get on the coached in front of us. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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ryanjoshoo7
August 11, 2019|
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Response from njcavalier | Reviewed this property |
I booked from home in my computer, directly through the official Robben Island website. I was able to print the tickets and take them with me. Very easy!
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a4_licious
July 22, 2019|
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Response from Sharon R | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They do not take you to the island if the sea is rough
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barbarahillm
July 2, 2019|
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Response from Jason R | Reviewed this property |
I do not see a question being asked here. I am not connected to Robbens Island and have no idea about how one would go about getting a refund due to inclement weather cancelling the ship crossing.
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