Robben Island forms a big part of the South African History. From 1961, the island was used by the South African government as a prison for political prisoners and convicted criminals. The island is most famous because Nelson Mandela was one of the prisoners on this island. Several tours takes visitors to the island and gives a good tour on how the island used to operate.


Currently there are ferries that depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and sails to Robben Island three times a day, at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. The ferry trip including a tour takes 3.5 hours.

Arriving at Murray’s Bay Harbor on the east coast of Robben Island visitors will take a short walk to busses that will then transport them to all the historical sites of the Island. On the bus you will meet your Tour Guide and the Tour Guides inside the prison are former political prisoners and are fully knowledgeable about the 500 year old history of Robben Island including a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.


The specialized tours can be arranged for any day of the week and has a duration of 3.5 to 8 hours. It has the same departure times as the tours described above, alternatively a dedicated ferry departing at a specific alternate time can be arranged.

The tour includes all of the various sights as described above but in a private and much more interactive atmosphere with a private guide.




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