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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

I've been to Robben Island twice and each time was a different experience. The tour lasts about 4 hours including two half hour ferry trips to and from the Island. You get to see the cell Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in and learn about the...More

Thank mynameisnotlinda
Reviewed yesterday

Well worth the 1hr boat ride, although the tour wouldn't have been the same without the insights from the guide a former inmate or political prisoner mr. itumeleng matwela bringing the history to life.

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's worth seeing Robben Island due to its interesting history. The maximum security prison is actually only a small part of the island. There is even a permanent population there! We also got lucky enough to see a penguin. Be forewarned that if you are...More

Thank Lena P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We could not have asked for a greater Site Guide. Itumeleng Makwela absolutely makes the visit special, emotional, and interesting. What a gentle man. Robben Island can only be experienced through the eyes of those who truly lived there - and experienced the Prison life...More

Thank ElsaHoffmann
Reviewed 4 days ago

So much history here that everyone should visit and understand what happened here at Robben Island. Our guide was very informative and took his time explaining everything.

Thank Pete7469
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We knew that Robben island was a must do excursion when in Capetown. Had a nice day learning the history of the island and what they do on the island since the prison closed. A nice half day tour! The views of table mountain from...More

Thank niamh114
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must do when in Cape Town. The history of what happened in South Africa not that long ago. The struggle for democracy and Freedom that Robben Island represents. The tour of the gaol with a former inmate and his stories are fact and told...More

Thank GriffinFamily4
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Kent, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and funny. His partner, a former political prisoner offered a moving account of his time as an inmate. Together they provided an incredible educational experience. You will spend too much time on the tour bus and will not be...More

Thank FAJ34
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an amazing trip. We purchased the tickets online. It wasn't overly cheap but a must see at least once. One of the most interesting parts of the tour is how a former political prisoner was our tour guide for the prison section and he...More

Thank brianfitz08
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I had been eagerly awaiting this tour and expected to be moved and appalled, but was left disappointed. The tour of the island by bus was informative, but the actual tour of the prison was very brief and I felt we didn't learn much about...More

Thank propmill
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I am going to Robben Island and about to book. If I go at 11am, am I required to return on the next ferry at 1pm or can I stay for longer?
20 June 2017|
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Response from BL2007 | Reviewed this property |
They'll tell you when to return because consider that it will take you 30 minutes to get there. There's a bus tour of part of the island and then a walking tour of the prison. You'll want time.
Is there a no show rate for the tour?
13 June 2017|
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Response from Nancy D | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry. I have no idea
Where did you buy your tickets when in Cape Town? I'm interested in booking, but haven't found anything but expensive tours.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Jakes007 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, As Trip Advisor does not allow to gives links -which I think is a bit useless if you are trying to help fellow trip advisors - search Google for Robben-Island tours the website is managed by... More