Robben IslandCurrently Open
- Address: Cape Town 7400, South Africa
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: 27-214095100
- Ticket Price: 250 ZAR
- Time Required: 03:30 Hrs
- Tags: Island, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Unesco Site
Robben Island is quite rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage site. The importance of the site lies in its role in the History of not just South Africa but the entire continent of Africa.
In times of apartheid which was a dark time for the continent, with slavery and discriminatory practices being rampant in the place, the place was used as a prison to incarcerate political prisoners. The place was used as a way to break the spirit of the revolutionaries in order to suppress the unrest in the country.
When these prisoners were freed, they turned the island into a symbol of peace in stark contrast with its violent and tyrannical use before. There is a museum that is a reminder of all those who contributed to the removal of apartheid in Africa as well as the history leading up to it.
If one wants to understand the culture and historic past of Africa as it has been influenced by the political situations over the years, this place is a definite must visit.
The Unesco World Heritage site of Robben Island is one of the prime attractions of Cape Town. Although you can explore this attraction on your own, it is always better to book tickets for Robben island tours with us for a better experience. From Robben Island tickets to transport, we arrange everything for you. If you buy tickets for Robben Island tours in time, chances are that you might get Robben Island ticket prices at discounted rates. Getting tickets for Robben Island was never that easy! Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cape Town itinerary 2 days.
- It takes around ½ an hour to reach the island by ferry.
- Interestingly, a lot of treasure has gotten buried around Robben Island due to the ship wrecks that have happened due to its unusual position.
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- The Island has to be reached via ferry. Ferries will leave from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront at 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm.
- Sevruga Restaurant
- Waterfront Cafe
- Ocean Basket
- Quay Four
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54.82% of people who visit Cape Town include Robben Island in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
67.69% of people start their Robben Island visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
3 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 3 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Robben Island
78.69% of people prefer walking in order to reach Robben Island
It's a place of great significance to South Africa. The island and the prison are kept in excellent state. The prison tour is done by a former political prisoner which gives you a real insight of how things were. Then you do a good tour of the island with a knowledgeable guide. All very well planned..The boat ride to and from the island is very bumpy as it's open ocean so be prepared for it. A must for anyone visiting Cape Town
Spent more than a week looking, everyday, from a balcony at Bloubergstrand, gaining courage to step Robben Island. When finally did, all the history is passed by former prisoners, the empowerment narrative caught me as one of the most powerful experiences at the island. Mr. Mandela cell is other milestone there. The ferry travel to the island itself is gorgeous.
This is a must for people interested in history. It's a national monument so don't think to take home a pebble. A former inmate will give a guided tour.
Amazing! Will go again.
A landmark of history of the South African people. To go you must book tickets online or get from pick and pay. Then you get yo yhe V&A waterftont to board a ferry to the Island. Once there a bus takes you around the island. It's a quaint little place where the wardens of the political prisoners lived and worked. We had a great tour guide. And one of the other tour guides was a prisoner himself. Caught so many feels. That's just life. A good place to learn much about South African freedom fighters..