Robben Island Museum - Capetown
Are you a business owner in Cape Town?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Cape Town.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Robben Island Museum
Robben Island is an island 12km out of Table Bay. Robben Island literally means 'island of seals.' The island has a rich history originally being inhabited by cavemen in a time when the sea level was lower and you could walk out to the island. It has since been used a s a way of separating people from the mainland, going from a Dutch prison to a leper colony up until the second world war when it was fortified and used to defend the mainland.
From 1959 right up to the mid 1990s it was used as a prison and housed over three thousand men who were held as political prisoners; its most famous resident being Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for a total of 18 years here. The island is now a museum and World Heritage Site, and regular tours depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway, located at the Old Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront.
Many of the guides who will show you around the island were themselves once prisoners on the island, therefore offer you a fascinating insight into life on the island, the daily hardships they faced and their eventual triumph of the human spirit. The tour lasts three and a half hours and includes a return trip across Table Bay, a visit to the Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner and a 45 minute bus tour with a guide providing commentary.
Tickets are sold at R180 for adults and R90.00 for children aged 4-17 years. Booking tickets must be done early. Tours can be cancelled if the weather conditions will not allow a standard of safety. And if you really want to see Robben Island from a unique perspective, take a spectacular helicopter flight, departing from the V&A Waterfront.
You may also like
The River ClubObservatory, Cape Town
The River Club offers a great selection of activities that will appeal to everyone from your weekend warrior, seasoned professional looking to test their new clubs, or th
Castle of Good HopeCape-Town-City, Cape Town
The Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch shortly after Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape and was completed in 1666. It was used as a base for the Dutch East Indi
Milnerton Golf ClubMilnerton, Cape Town
Milnerton Golf Course is a seaside 18-hole course which is located 10 minutes north of the city of Cape Town. This beautiful golf course sports a par 72 and offers a both
Hooked on AfricaHout-Bay, Cape Town
Hooked on Africa Fishing Charters specialise in deep sea fishing, sea fly fishing and fishing charters in Cape Town. They operate out of Hout Bay and lead thrilling fishi
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO)Cape-Town-City, Cape Town
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra operates from the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and is one of the many reasons Cape Town is being called a world class city. Locals and t
World of BirdsHout-Bay, Cape Town
World Of Birds in Hout Bay has over 400 species of birds in over 100 various walk through aviaries. There are just over 3000 birds to view, making it one of the world's l
R62 Adventure ToursRobertson, Cape Town
Learn about the history of vine growing in South Africa, Blend, bottle and label your own wine, enjoy a Guided cellar tour. You taste, we drive. We also provide: Big 5 S
Circe LaunchesHout-Bay, Cape Town
Circe Launches provide short boat tours from Hout Bay (15 minutes from Cape Town) over to Duiker Island (more accurately labelled 'Seal Island'). The best views of Seal I
Carisma Car HireCape-Town-City, Cape Town
Carisma Car Hire specializing in affordable, safe and top quality car hire, with a personalized and professional service that makes hire a car hassle free to local and in
Afruka Eco ToursTyger-Valley, Cape Town
Afruka Eco Tours specialise in personalised trips to various locations of natural beauty in South Africa. Based out of Cape Town Afruka Eco Tours is run by Kevin a Scotti