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- 80%Local Culture
Member Reviews (18)
- Robben IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jun 12, 2013
This is an important and moving national monument to the barbarity of apartheid, but it is very badly run. You get less than two hours on the island and the tour is a frogmarch with 20 minutes spent buying ice cream. Plus while ex-prisoners running tours had value, the emphasis on resistance rather than how the prison functioned gave the impression of the notting hill carnival in a confined space. Several you g kids thought being a political prisoner sounded FUN!
- Robben IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jan 13, 2013
Robben Island should be visited simply because of what it is - the place where male political prisoners were isolated. Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum and the women's prison on Constitution Hills are better administered and leave a greater impact. A tour of Robben Island feels more like a Sunday family outing to view the Cape Town skyline.
- Robben IslandJul 24, 2012
Robben Island should be visited by everybody at least once. I have been three times, with various different relatives. The island is accessed by a boat trip from V&A Waterfront. Please book in advance as it is extremely popular and you'd be lucky to get tickets by just showing up, even in low season. Once on the island there is a bus tour around the historic sites and then a walk around tour of the island. When I have visited all parts of the tour have been led by former inmates. I found their commentaries both informative and very moving. It is a thought provoking experience which will stay with you forever.
- Robben IslandJul 05, 2012
Robben Island is one of Cape Town's Big Five (Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point / Cape of Good Hope), and deserves a visit - especially if you are interested in South Africa's history.
Ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the back of the V&A Waterfront every hour or so. Bear in mind that ferries are weather and ocean swell dependent.
After a 30-minute boat trip, you will arrive on the prison island which also used to be a leprosy colony. After a bus tour, which will lead you through the village and along the lime stone mine (where Nelson Mandela and other were confined to forced labour), you will visit the prison. here, a former prisoner will take you for a walk and explain about what went on here, how prisoners coped, how Apartheid influenced prison life, etc. If you are interest in football: ask the guide about Makana FA - Robben island football / soccer association. The club was established in the late 1970s and only low risk prisoners were allowed to play football once a week. To many prisoners, that 90 minutes of sport per week helped them cope.
All in all, a Robben Island experience takes about 3 hours.
- Robben IslandJul 05, 2012
Our tour guide was an actual ex-prisoner of Robben Island and his stories were quite amazing. If you're interested in South African history it is especially informative and enlightening. The ferry out there also provides great photo opportunities for good shots of Cape Town.