Cape Town: Robben Island Discovery Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Embark on a guided tour of Robben Island complete with hotel pickup in Cape Town. Ride a ferry to the windswept island just off the coast and explore the prison that once housed Nelson Mandela.


  • Marvel at picturesque views of Cape Town as you ride the ferry to Robben Island
  • Explore the small, windswept island off the coast of Cape Town with a guide
  • Hear about how the island was once a dark place of banishment and isolation
  • Step into the cells that once housed political prisoners fighting for equality
  • Visit the limestone quarry where Mandela and his fellow inmates toiled


Join a guided tour in Cape Town and explore the small island off the coast that was once used as a prison for political prisoners and convicted criminals. Learn about the island's past as you explore with a knowledgeable guide. Begin your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town. Then, head to the V&A Waterfront to board the ferry to the island. Join your knowledgeable guide as you set out to discover the haunting corridors of the maximum-security prison. Delve deeper into the history of Robben Island and step into the very cells that once housed iconic figures like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and Ahmed Kathrada. Hear stories of resilience, courage, and the unyielding spirit of its prisoners come to life. Listen closely to the anecdotes shared by former inmates and guides, gaining a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom. Next, discover the island's natural beauty as you explore its rugged coastline, indigenous flora, and diverse birdlife. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh ocean breeze and soak in the scenic surroundings, enjoying the contrast to the weight of the island's history. Your tour culminates with a visit to the limestone quarry, where Mandela and his fellow inmates toiled under the scorching sun. Learn about the immense physical hardship endured by these courageous men in their fight for equality. As you leave the island, carry with you the stories of the heroes who emerged from its dark cells to change the course of history.


Hotel pickup within CBD only Ferry ticket to Robben Island Former prisoner tour guide Tour of the island and prison

Important Information

  • The ferry to Robben Island is subject to weather and sometimes trips get canceled. In case of cancellation, you will be able to reschedule directly at the Robben Island ticket counter (subject to availability) or apply for a refund to GetYourGuide For rescheduled tickets, you will have to make your own way to the waterfront The activity provider may phone you shortly before the tour. When booking, please make sure to provide your number PLEASE ALWAYS ADD ALL THE FULL NAMES OF PEOPLE ATTENDING THIS TOUR.

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