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During the apartheid years Robben Island served as a prison for political activists.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Private Bag, Robben Island, Cape Town Central 7400, South Africa
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Reviewed today via mobile

Good to see once. It could be slightly better organized with more self reading. Not sure but i think you can only book a guided tour. Very interesting is that you talk to prisoners and you can ask them questions. Good experience but just for...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank yvrhy
Reviewed today

Like almost everyone who has ever been to Robben Island, we were sickened by the way innocent people were incarcerated just for exercising freedom of speech - seeking equal rights. Nelson Mandela is - of course - the focus of the tour. The tour guides...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed today

The museum is in Cape Town at the same place you purchase your ticket to get over to Robben Island. Once there you will have a bus tour of the island and hear from former prisoners about the horrific daily life they endured during Apartheid....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mitchfromdenver
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was made real because they use ex detainees as guides around the prison. I wish there could have been at least twice the time to take in all the information and to ask more questions. The demand for this trip does limit time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sian N
Reviewed yesterday

Tour by bus around island. Guide served time at Robben Island which made the history real. Not as intimidating as other prisons I have visited, doesn't mean I would want serve time there..

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mitac71jgr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great experience and well organized, however so much more could be done to make the experience unforgettable. An average experience that could be excellent with a some fine tuning and attention to detail. Still worthwhile.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RossT123321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unsurprisingly this tour is about one great man, a true legend!!! However it would have been good to know more about the other prisoners, many who spent longer there than Nelson Mandela.... Also the crew of the boat seem more interested in getting tips (cash)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jamesw-yorkshire
Reviewed 2 days ago

We waited an hour to buy tickets at the office at Waterfront to visit the museum the next day. The queues for the tickets were poorly organised, there were only a few people working, and quite a few other people were skipping the line to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 682vilms
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took this trip on the morning we left Capetown and were so glad we did. A 20 minute ferry over then you are straight onto a bus which then takes you on a tour of the island. The first stop was the prison and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sambagirl51
Reviewed 3 days ago

Vivid part of the sad history of the apartheid, but very interesting place to go. The history of the jail is told by a former prisoner that gets to tell his own story. On the downside, only English guide is provided and my parents had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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24 November 2018|
Response from Seaside41672379658 |
This tour is quite disappointing in that the nauticat boat took forever to reach the island. Thereafter, we were hurried into busses and rushed around through such an important place. The tour of the cell was amazing however... More
Dirk H
2 November 2018|
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Response from citybreaker27 | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for delay. We purchased them online the previous day, which was very simple. There were people purchasing tickets at the booth when we arrived but obviously we don’t know which trip they actually booked. Hope this... More