Day trip

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours
Day trip

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

From US$ 72.87 per person

Visit some of the notorious townships of Cape Town, including District Six, and learn more about South Africa's apartheid policies. Then, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels, guesthouses and accommodations within 10 kilometers of the city center. Pickup time depends on your hotel location. Pickup from Rondebosch, Observatory, Mowbray, Woodstock takes place between 7:30 AM-8:15 AM; from Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Waterfront between 8 AM-8:30 AM; from City Center, Gardens, Tamboerskloof between 8:30 AM-9:00 AM. If you are staying outside the pickup area, the meeting point will be outside the V&A Waterfront Hotel between 8:40 AM-8:50 AM.
Wheelchair accessible


7.5 hours
  • Cape Town

  • District Six

  • 30 minutes
  • Langa

  • Bonteheuwel

  • Gugulethu

  • V&A Waterfront (lunch)

    • Optional
  • Robben Island

  • V&A Waterfront

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
End point
  • Learn about life under apartheid in some of the townships of Cape Town
  • Visit the townships of Langa, Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu
  • Meet a traditional African healer, see local beer being made and visit a primary school
  • Get the chance to support local businesses and markets
Full description

Discover some of Cape Town's most famous townships on a guided tour in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit District Six, take a walking tour in Langa, and learn about Bonteheuwel as you drive through it. After, explore Robben Island on your own with an included ferry ticket.

Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe. Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub), try some homemade beer, and see a traditional healer in action

Then, drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact on the communities today. See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. Afterward, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

  • Robben Island ferry ticket
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Tips (optional)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The Robben Island ticket is subject to availability and weather conditions. If the ferry gets canceled after the township tour has taken place, you will be given the chance to reschedule (based on availability) or receive a partial refund
  • You will get the opportunity to support local businesses and markets throughout the tour
  • The tour ends at the Robben Island ferry gateway, following which you can make your own way back to your hotel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 232 reviews

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I had an unbelievable experience. I think visiting Cape Town without dedicating your morning and afternoon to this activity, is an incomplete visit. The tour through the townships felt absolutely safe (even after having a 30sec epiléptica seizure), the guide was a local and he was happy to answer all your questions. The driver to the townships and to the waterfront for the boat tour to robben Island was very kind and there was not a single moment I worried about his driving skills. Awesome people, awesome programme. The tour on Robben Island was on a big boat with roughly 150 people. Tour was done by an ex-prisoner. I was touched by all the people I met that day, because of their story. Not only because of what they have been through, but also since the fact they were still able to smile and hope for a brighter future each day.

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March 19, 2023

Mpumzi picked up direct from our accommodation - very friendly! He gave us lots of info - much more than expected! He dropped us at the Robben island tour which was very well organised then he took us to Langa Township where he lives and introduced us to a guide to walk us through the township. We felt very very safe yet were really impressed by the educational side of the trip. Couldn’t recommend enough for the price!! We’d book again! Thanks Mpumzi

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March 11, 2023

I was very lucky to have Luyolo as my guide, because he really can give you an accurate inside perspective of the townships as he is from Langa himself. The morning tour opens your heart and mind to what comes next in the afternoon with the guided visit to Robben Island - a remarkable experience for those who believe in freedom and equalitiy for all human beings inspired by the great Madiba! I recommend this tour for people who want to learn more about the history of South Africa, Apartheid and the true living conditions of the majority of the South African population.

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March 3, 2023

Product ID: 125879