Half-Day Robben Island Tour From Cape Town

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Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africas and indeed the worlds history.  As home to one of the worlds most famous prisoners, statesmen and leaders in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly most well known island-prison on the planet.


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Family friendly

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You will be collected from your accommodation between 8am and 8.30am and taken to the Robben Island Museum where you will board a ferry to the island which is 12km away from the V&A Waterfront (entry to Robben Island included in price). The ferry ride is approximately 45minutes. Youwill then hop onto one of the buses and be led on a tour by previous inmates of the prison who will tell us stories of their's and Nelson Mandela's time in the prison.

The island, a World Heritage Site some 12km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed Robben (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time.Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base.The aforementioned Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.

After the tour of the island you will take a return ferry and your guide will then escort you back to your accommodation at around 1pm or you could choose to stay at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for lunch and take a cab back when finished.

Inclusions for Half-Day Robben Island Tour From Cape Town

  • Entrance fees
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Half-Day Robben Island Tour From Cape Town

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A small amount of walking is involved

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • Wonderful tour. Guide Nadia Agherdine was a super guide. We were picked up at the hotel on time, and delivered to the port in time to meet our cruise ship. A wonderful learning experience.

  • Historical aspects great and ex-prisioner talk fantastic. Using a personal guide, apart from transporting us there and accompanying us on the trip, unfortunately there wasn't much else that the guide could have done as once on the Island, the 'official' guides free did everything else. So really, one can make one's way there and back via the ferry with no need for paying for a guide.

  • You have to go to Robben Island if in Cape Town. Tour conducted by ex-prisoners, very informative and sometimes moving to see what the Government did to people who disagreed with them. Wanted more time in the prison than the tour allowed, but understandable because it is very busy.

  • Great experience.

  • This is a must but because of the way it is organised tour companies lose control once you are on the boat and then at Robben's Island it is severely disorganised. Or at least it was the day we went. A must do but be patient. Groups are a little too large for everyone to hear and see all at the same time

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