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Review of Robben Island

Robben Island
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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.
New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2014

A trip to Robben Island is well worth it. The tour is fully guided and it that did feel a bit restrictive but that is because there is so much history to cover. It would be great if once a day they offered a longer/more in depth tour that allowed for a deeper experience. The ferry ride is nice and if you are lucky you will see some whales and/or dolphins. The tour begins with a bus tour of the island and then you are passed on to a former political prisoner for a tour through the prison. This is what makes the experience. It is very powerful to get a first hand account of life in prison on Robben Island and to be able to ask questions. Once back on the mainland take the time to go through the museum and the boards that are by the ferry boarding area that are really informative.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Book your ticket”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

What a trip, just buy a ticket and do the tour. One can say to much but for this kind of trip it is well worth it. Avoid reviews and just do it and then get back to me.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Madiba's steps”
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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”
Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

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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