Robben Island, Cape Town

The famous Robben Island, whose prison was once home to former South African president Nelson Mandela as well as many other black political freedom fighters, is now a World Heritage Site and provides stunning views across the bay with Table Mountain as its backdrop. A trip to the island is an unforgettable experience and offers a glimpse into the life and times of the apartheid era.

Daily tours to the island include the ferry trip there and back, an island tour and a tour of the prison with a fomer political prisoner as your guide. Allow three and a half hours for the trip (this includes the 1/2 hour ferry trip each way) and book in advance. Ferries leave at regular intervals throughout the day from the Clock Tower precint at the V&A Waterfront.

TIME NEEDED: 3-4 hours

 >  Refreshments can be purchased on the island and there is a small curio shop.

 >  For details regarding rates, departure times and booking, please visit the Robben Island website at


Robben Island Aerial

Robben Island Lighthouse