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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 today

Well organised and very informative trip to Robben Island via ferry and then a guided bus tour followed by a walking tour within the prison by a former inmate who provided further information into the atrocities during the height of Apartheid. I was surprised when...More

Thank Tammy B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Educational tour from past actions during the height of Apartheid. The prison is only a glimpse into the atrocities committed against all political prisoners held captive there.

Thank L S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Robben Island on a windy day, but our crossing by ferry was good, but the return was very choppy. When we arrived we joined all the others and got on buses. Each bus had a guide and as we did a tour of...More

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great boat ride across to Robben Island, caught from The Gateway at V&A Waterfront. Tour guides were very informative. Came away with a lot more knowledge than I went with.

Thank jordnjoel
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ferry across was excellent; great views back to Table Mountain. Tour was well organised and very interesting. A must visit place if you are in Cape Town. Ensure you book ahead!

Thank Rich L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Be warned, if you have your trip cancelled (we had two cancelled) then DO NOT rely on any sort of customer service, they simply do not care about you, the contact number on the ticket is a complete waste of time, you only get through...More

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked our trip to the museum before we arrived. Very interesting tour and informative guides, interesting to understand more about the history of Robben Island and its prisoners!!

Thank bev20164
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Be prepared for a choppy boat ride. The guides were excellent/former prisoners. The bus ride over the island was interesting. The tour of the actual prison was very moving.

Thank lisa b
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was definitely something that we had heard we should do but didn’t know what to expect - after all, it is an empty prison! But you you get an incredible history lesson and a sense of South Africa’s darker history which as a foreigner...More

Thank Lara D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting experience Loved the talk my ex prisoner telling the group how inmates were treated depending on their status Political or serving for other crimes Saw Nelson Mandela's cell

Thank paulinedownunder2016
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27 September 2017|
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Response from angelah945 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in answering. We found that the tours were fully booked online, but our hotel advised us to walk to the booking office on The Waterfront, which we did, and found it easy to purchase tickets. We booked... More
3 September 2017|
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Response from PETER B | Reviewed this property |
It is not school holidays so you should be able to get to Robben Island with out too much prebooking. The view of Cape Town form the boat is the best part of the tour!! Once you arrive in Cape Town take the first... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from Sammar A | Reviewed this property |
We booked it right on the spot the same day at the Robben Island Museum/center on the bay. It's busy but tickets were available. We did the last tour of the day and it was relaxed and very educational and left a strong... More