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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
+27 21 409 5100
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a trip that we should all do. It is an important place that is rightly protected as a World Heritage Site.

Thank Johnston s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tour has massive potential and could be so much better than it is in its present form - a number of issues; - large groups - too many - ok’sh on the bus tour but unmanageable on the prison tour - many in our...More

Thank JCHendo
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I took the ferry to Robben Island, and it was a tad choppy but not bad. Be aware that there are two ferries, and one is larger than the other. We rode the smaller one over and the larger one back. The...More

Thank Juli N
Reviewed 2 days ago

Guided tour of the island by bus then tour of the prison guided by ex prisoner. Very interesting experience. Book at the beginning of your trip so that you can rearrange if weather cancels journey. It's very popular and is constantly booked up.

Thank adnyl444
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Groups were far too big - 40 plus people and a big group on our bus who were so disrespectful and noisy constantly interrupting the guide. The ex prisoner who showed us around the prison struggled to manage the amount of people and some kept...More

Thank Wolsty5
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great tour with alot of interesting stories around it! Allthough It would have been nice to have smaker groups on the tour. And also I feel ashamed for some of the tourists in my group!! PEOPLE, when the guide is talking, please be quiet! During...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is such an informative tour - guided by one of the men who was a political prisoner on the Island - giving a great perspective into the struggles they endured during appartide. Great tour of the Island done by bus with a commentator on...More

Thank GailG958
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very nice well organized excursion. Nice view around the island and interesting visit of the prison. Only disappointing element is that the visit was too much on the buildings, rooms etc not enough on the life there, experience of people, their feelings. The visit is...More

Thank 300alaint
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were due to catch the 14:00 Ferry but as this was overbooked we did not leave until 14:25. No outside just a stuffy interior. Regimented off of Ferry to Coach. Coach tour and then Prison visit, again very regimented. Interesting ex-prisoner but lacked the...More

Thank Cotonboy
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the first boat out as advertised at 9 am but departed 10 minutes early on vessel ‘Jester’ a good 45 minute journey to the island, there is also a hydrofoil boat available which departed 20 minutes later but arrived almost same time. On...More

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Dirk H
2 November 2018|
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Response from pippxz | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we tried to purchase our tickets online 3 days in advance and did not manage to get our first choice of timing/date but our reason for doing so was because we were concerned abt the change in weather. Would suggest... More
28 August 2018|
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Response from jw6969 | Reviewed this property |
With two ferry trips you don’t have so long on the Island - they put you on a bus and take you around some of the Island before you see Mandelas cell, then a talk from an ex-con. If you tried to leave early - say before the... More
Niraj B
4 August 2018|
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Response from Tai A | Reviewed this property |
Online. But needed to go in with passport. We went in to the ticket counter the day before and asked for information needed. It is best to contact ticket counter before hand.