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  • Robben Island: Ferry Ticket and Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

    1. Robben Island: Ferry Ticket and Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

    Your driver will pick you up in central Cape Town with a shared bus and drop you at the V&A Waterfront, not far from the Robben Island Museum, where the ferry to the island departs from. Only after receiving your ticket from the local operator, make your way to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.  The ferry trip lasts about 45 minutes: at your arrival you will first have a bus tour of the island and then you will be given the opportunity to visit the prison and the cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 prison years. Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the voice of a former prisoner. After the tour you will get a return boat to Cape Town and you will be dropped off at the V&A Waterfront. Here you will be free to return to your accommodation independently or continue touring the beautiful city.

    Well I was expecting to see Mandela’s prison to be much more different from others prison but seen it was just more like others only the bucket in the prison makes it different from others I want to see his books he read during his time in the prison if there is any or his signatures or his picture in his room and his name writing outside his cell entrance his cote writing on the wall so many things to talk about him this will makes it more lively that’s only the thing I can talk about thank you .

  • Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    2. Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    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) and try some homemade beer. See a traditional healer in action, and 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 within 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. Afterwards, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

    This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.

  • Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

    3. Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

    Begin your journey of Cape Town with a hotel pick up, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the ferry dock to catch your boat to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era. Visit the former prison on a guided tour, hearing stories of the famous island's past. Next, head back across the water to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, where your guide will take you on a historical tour of Cape Town. See a number of iconic monuments and sights, including the Parliament buildings, the Company's Garden, the Slave Auction Tree, the Apartheid Museum in District Six, the Slave Museum, the Castle — which is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679. The last stop on your South African excursion is a visit to Table Mountain. Hop on the cable car and make your way to the t...

  • Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

    4. Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circumnavigation of Robben Island. Once airborne you leave the city behind you as you soar over the Atlantic ocean and head straight for the historical Robben Island. Your pilot will confidently navigate the helicopter around the island enabling you to experience the best possible views of the prison, the village and all else that is so unique on it. En route back to the mainland you will get to view the picture perfect combination of Cape Town and Table Mountain with Lion's Head and Camps Bay in the distance. As ...

  • Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

    5. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

    After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular).

    At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robbe...

    The tour was nice and the tour guid (Barnabas) was extreamly friendly and filled us with LOADS of information

  • Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    6. Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    Your tour will start at the historical site of District Six, where inhabitants were forcibly removed according to the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the Apartheid era. From there we will move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Next we travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these township and how they affected everyday life. We with the township chapter of our tour with a visit to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. We break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. Next we take the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a ...

    Lots of standing. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry crackers or ginger with you to calm your belly if you typically experience motion sickness. Great overall experience.

  • Cape Town: Table Bay Coastal E-bike Tour

    7. Cape Town: Table Bay Coastal E-bike Tour

    Set off from Sunset Beach, pedal through Bloubergstrand all the way up to the charming seaside village of Melkbosstrand. Follow a coastal tour that will show you some of the most incredible views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Follow a newly built cycle route that follows the ocean promenade. This path means that this kite surfer and windsurfer’s paradise are now accessible to cyclists. With an electric bike giving some assistance to your peddling you can easily cruise through the wind. Take a leisurely e-bike tour and feel the ocean breeze as you take in the beautiful scenery of the area. Enjoy the iconic postcard views of Table Mountain before biking back to the starting point.

    Roland was a wonderful guide and the route was perfect and lovely. I would recommend it for anyone interested in coastal scenery and a little bit of exercise accompanied by fresh air.

  • Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

    8. Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

    Day 1 After an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel, start the day with a guided tour of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain. Follow this with a scenic drive through the coastal neighborhoods of Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, and Clifton before stopping for a photo opportunity at Maiden's Cove. Continue to Hout Bay for a boat trip to Seal Island. Enjoy the ocean views as you travel through Llandudno before arriving at Chapmans Peak Drive for a relaxing 15-minute stop at the viewpoint. At Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, keep an eye out for the Dias Cross, converging ocean currents and diverse fauna and flora, such as baboons and ostriches. Visit the rare breed of African penguins at Boulders Penguins Colony before returning to your accommodation via Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenburg. You will be dropped at your hotel or accommodation. Day 2...

    very professional guide, helpful and friendly. car was decent and comfort. always on time . no delay, fast response to customer's request.

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What people are saying about Robben Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,734 reviews

It was the most educational and interesting activity so far. Kona my guide is very professional, he know very well his topic. I learn a lot about South African culture. I highly recommand this experience.

Roland was a wonderful guide and the route was perfect and lovely. I would recommend it for anyone interested in coastal scenery and a little bit of exercise accompanied by fresh air.

The tour was nice and the tour guid (Barnabas) was extreamly friendly and filled us with LOADS of information

Awesome loved the boat cruise to the Island and the tour at the Island.

Very nice experience and high cooperation from the staff