Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central

Visit the World Heritage Site of Robben Island Museum, a spit of land just off the Cape Town coast. The island's main claim to fame is rather unfortunate--it includes the prison in which Nelson Mandela served much of his sentence. Used for isolating political prisoners since the 17th century, the island also housed as a leper colony and a World War II fortress during its history. Take a boat ride to the island to delve into the history of the anti-apartheid movement and see where numerous activists, three of which later became presidents, served out their prison sentences. On a tour of the maximum-security prison, you'll most likely be guided by a former inmate who can offer a glimpse into the grueling experience many suffered here. To visit Robben Island Museum and get the most from your holiday in Cape Town, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cape Town trip itinerary site .
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  • The entire trip takes about 4 hours. Including an often a rough 30min boat ride each way... So take some seasick pills. Tour of prison is done by former prisoner. Also see other parts of the island. M...  more »
  • Lots of history here, and the tour is interesting. It is very supervised and runs on a tight schedule.  more »
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