We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Thought provoking”
Review of Robben Island

Robben Island
Book In Advance
More Info
$113.14*
and up
Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour
More Info
$83.29*
and up
Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island
More Info
$95.98*
and up
Full-Day Walk to Freedom Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Reviewed June 17, 2013

I was not sure I wanted to take this tour but it was a highlight of our trip. The 2 parts of the tour were extremely well done. The prison tour was led by a former political prisoner who told what life was like inside the prison. Make your reservations early as this trip books up.

1  Thank CapeCodder1_12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (6,319)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

4,379 - 4,383 of 6,319 reviews

Reviewed June 16, 2013

It was inspiring to see this historical place. It is amazing to think that Mandela left this experience with such forgiveness and fortitude. We went on a lovely day so that ride over and back was beautiful. Constitutional Hill and the Apartheid Museum were more informative and inspiring, but this was more than worth the time.

Thank HLKC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

For something that holds such significance for the Sth African people and history, it is EXTREMELY poorly presented......
Sadly it proved to be one of the most I eventful and boring afternoons that we have spent in Sth Africa......
It could be presented in a much more informative and relative light that what was given.......
The boat ride over also took over an hour! And same return......
A documentary ,prior to visit, viewed in australia, was way more informative than this .......
Sadly I would AVOID, as so. Much could be learned elsewhere....and it was an afternoon sadly wasted.....

3  Thank Gene C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Enjoyed the trip a bit but it could have been so much better. They didn't allow us to look around the lime quarry, there are no arranged models or scenes to give extra info, vert few info boards ... in fact a big lack of useful and extra info for this attraction available on tour that could be terrific but yet is only ok.... and a lack of choice and options on the island, as if everyone has the same superficial interest...

Thank Zambezikid
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

although the regular boat was non-operable, and the boat ride took twice as long as normal, the ride was pleasant. The highlight was that a former political prisoner who was incarcerated at the same time as Nelson Mandela was our tour guide. It was a powerful yet funny tour and he was open to answer all of our questions.

Thank Idgypie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Robben Island also viewed

 
Cape Town Central, Cape Town
 

Been to Robben Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing