Would like to visit Robben Island . Are there any guided tours?
I havent been, but seeing as nobody was answering, I checked for you. It seems there are tours, lasting 3 hours including the journey to and from the island. They depart from the Victoria and Alfred waterfront.
I visisted Robben Island a few years back from CT. The ferryboat i remember went from the Vand A complex. At the time it cost about 100 rand....not sure how much now.
The little ferry trip is fun and when you get to the island, you are giveen a bus tour which was very interesting. You are then met at the prison building by an ex prisoner and given a talk on teh island and prison. You are then free to wander around and inside the prison buildings.
When I was there, many tourists seemed to prefer spending the time in the Island coffeeshop. Seemed weird to me , having travelled so far ! ( why spend all your time in a coffeeshop and not explore the buildings? )
It is a great tour and gives you a glimps of what Mandela had to endure for so many years of his life.
It's all a guided tour :)
My review is here
in the attractions section of this website
We did the Robben Island trip in August just gone. The cost is about 100 Rand per adult. The boat leaves the V & A Waterfront and takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
On arrival, we were split into 2 groups, one group did the bus tour of the island, the other the prison visit - at the end of each tour, you swap over.
The prison visit is very moving. You're taken around by an ex-prisoner and you go into the block that the 'political prisoners' spent their time, you see the cells and you must read the memoirs of prisoners, which are on the walls in some of the cells. You go into the yards and are shown the dorms and other areas of the prison.
On the tour bus you are taken around the island, with stops to have the more important parts explained to you, like the house where one prisoner was incarcerated for 7 years and the lime quarry.
Overall, for me, this trip was a highlight of our holiday in Cape Town and I would fully recommend it to everyone who goes there.
Remember to take a good sun hat and water to drink. There is virtually no shade on the island and it can get very hot in summertime.