The apartheid-era’s maximum security prison that housed Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Robben Island is accessed by ferry from the Clock Tower in the V&A Waterfront and take a total three and half hours with guided tours from the island of the cells, the grounds, lime quarry and the seal viewpoint. Located just a few miles off the shores of Cape Town’s Table Bay harbor the 500-year history of Robben Island stands as a victorious symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice”.
The cell tours are personally narrated by past political prisoners, heroes during the struggle, offering their experiences as guides at the museum. A visit Nelson Mandela’s cell in the B-Section of the maximum security prison is a humbling journey.
Visits to Robben island are weather-permitting and based on sea and island conditions.
The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Tours depart daily at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3 pm.
Tickets cost South African Rand ZAR 280 for Adults 18 and over, ZAR150 for children.
Approximate prices are Adults: $23 / Children: $13 (verify on current exchange).
Credit Cards are accepted and early bookings are essential. Hotel concierges can assist.
Did you know?
The first recorded landing on Robben Island by Europeans was in 1498, when a group of Portuguese sailors took refuge there and stayed overnight in a cave.