Robben Island Tour
Robben Island, a tiny island located off the coast of Cape Town, holding so much of South Africa’s history in its soil. Some even refer to this historical landmark as the Nelson Mandela Island.
The anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, spend 18 years of his life imprisoned on this island. So if you’re looking for an experience that will guide you through this historically rich site – then this tour is for you.
The only way to reach this island is by helicopter or the Robben Island Ferry, making this an extremely popular boat trip in the V&A Waterfront. To avoid long lines and disappointment, be sure to book tickets for the Robben Island boat trip online.
Robben Island Ferry
Ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock Tower Precinct at the V&A Waterfront. Visitors will disembark and re-embark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island.
Robben Island Ferry Times
The ferries leave the V&A Waterfront at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00.
The tour from start to finish takes about 3.5 hours. The duration depends largely on which boat is used, as some are slower than others.
Tickets can be bought for around R400 ($30, €25, £22), not including hotel pickup or a 24hr cancellation, the cheapest ticket listed is around R750 with both extras.
This price includes getting there, the tour once you reach Robben Island and the Ferry back to the V&A.
The ferries are wheelchair friendly. Some of them have drinks and snacks on-board for sale, however, there are no restaurants on the island so it’s a good idea to pack snacks to take with you.
Capacity depends on which ferry is in use, but ferries can hold over 100 people, at least.
Robben Island Tours
Climbing aboard the ferry bound for Robben Island is exciting, even more so when you know what awaits you.
This 3.5 hour tour starts with you hopping on the Robben Island Ferry and heading towards this historical island. You will disembark on the other side at Murray’s Bay Harbour and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island.
Ex-political prisoners first hand experiences will guide you on your 45 minute bus ride tour of the island and the tour of the Robben Island Museum, including the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela.
Robben Island Tour Stops:
- The graveyard of people who died from leprosy
- The Lime Quarry
- Robert Sobukwe’s house
- The Bluestone quarry
- The army and navy bunkers
- The Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years.
- The viewing of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.
Robben Island Museum
The museum is responsible for managing, maintaining, developing and marketing Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997.
Implementing a wide range of conservation, educational, tourist development and research, the museum aims to conserve the Island’s natural and cultural resources and heritage. This is done while also promoting it as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.
Secure your ticket for the ferry to Robben Island by booking a Robben Island tour online today.
Tickets can be bought at the V&A Waterfront too, however in the peak season of summer, they are likely to already be fully booked by the time you arrive.
Be sure to check your cancellation policy before booking tickets online too, as if you’d like to postpone your trip due to undesirable weather conditions – most ticket providers have a no refund policy. With us however, you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
With our Robben Island tour tickets, you can enjoy the comfort of a hotel pick-up from locations such as: Camps Bay, Sea Point, City Centre, Green Point & Waterfront too.
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