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Robben Island

Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
+27 21 409 5100
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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
+27 21 409 5100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booking is essential. Plan to arrive early as lines are long even if you have a ticket. Trip over on the ferry is 30 minutes. Wear a jacket as the island is but breezy and the prison is cool. Guides were good, engaging and knowledgeable....More

Thank Tassylass
Reviewed yesterday

....It you go via the Organized Tour Visit you only get to see and hear about the past Struggle and see only the Inside and outside of the prison and the Lime quarrii and a ride along some parts of the island! Which is a...More

Thank Vernon W
Reviewed yesterday

We got to Cape town 2 days before and really wanted to see for ourselves Robben Island but was told by the hotel and the web site that it was sold out, so Monday morning we were at the ticket office at 7.30 am to...More

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Bus tour good for orientation photo stops general lie of the land and the non prison history of the island. Lots also about the prison from outside. Inside prison Ex prisoner guides fantastic history and such an honour to visit. Very musc spirit of reconciliation...More

Thank Lozz0435
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were lucky to get tickets the day we were there. My husband and I enjoyed this tour immensely. It was a moving experience having ex-prisoners give the tours. This really brought history alive for me and I learned so much. The ferry ride was...More

Thank Rosemary S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a visit to Robben Island. The boat trip there and back is also lovely but be sure to choose a wind free day or it can be hair raising! Tour guides are often ex prisoners, making...More

Thank Fathima D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Did not really know what to expect and was pleased to see it first hand what kind of conditions that all the residents had to endure. The person who took us around in the bus gave a good explanation and I was very pleased to...More

1  Thank Tony S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fist and foremost, book your tickets in advance before you travel. This place is very popular and you will not find tickets once you get there. We were lucky to visit this pace and were able to hear the struggle that they faced from one...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great afternoon at Robben Island - amazing stories from the ex-inmate. Would advise booking an early boat 9am or 11am so you can have more time to look around. 1pm tour for a 4pm return was quite rushed

Thank ljr2008
Reviewed 5 days ago

This sells out, so book your tickets early. Our scheduled trip was cancelled due to rough waters, but luckily we were able to get tickets for another day. The tour was really informative and the tour guides both on the bus in in the prison...More

Thank FamilyFlight
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6 August 2017|
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Response from Martin B | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the time of year - it's currently winter and so would not be so busy. At the moment (August), you could probably turn up on the day and get on the next boat, but I'd get to Cape Town and book the day before if... More
1 August 2017|
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Response from Ryan M | Reviewed this property |
Hi Helen, the tour consists of bus + prison tour and therefore you could leave the bus tour and skip the prison or alternatively walk straight up to the prison and join another group to save time. Unfortunately on the 9:00... More
4 July 2017|
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Response from brianfitz08 | Reviewed this property |
There is a 9am, 11am and final 1pm sailing. It is advised to book the day before as even in the winter they do sell out quickly.. On the website the boats won't be confirmed until early the morning before the sailing. It's... More