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Boat Trips to Robben Island (Prices, Ferry Times, Tours & Booking)

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Waterfront Boat Trips to Robben Island

Robben Island, the small island located off the coast of Cape Town, holds much of South Africa’s history in its soil. Visitors can take a tour through the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept a prisoner for 18 years. The only way to reach the island is by helicopter or ferry, so this is quite a popular boating trip at the V&A.


Robben Island Location

Boat Trip to Robben Island Price

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.
They run from Monday to Sunday but will close if the weather is bad.


The trip takes between 20 minutes to an hour. The duration depends largely on which boat is used, as some are slower than others.


It will cost around $30 per adult and $20 per child under the age of 18.

Price Includes

This price includes 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 onboard 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.

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  1. LIGIA – Romania


  2. a GetYourGuide customer – France

    it was a great first day of holiday for us we had a very nice day and were able to do everything that was on the tour. Our guide was very friendly and interesting.

  3. Yoav – South Africa

    interesting trip could use same boat to go back as was a long unnecessary boat ride on choppy water

  4. J.G. – Netherlands

    very interesting tours, especially the townshiptour But, we would have liked some deeper insights of prisonlife at Robbenisland. It was informative and interesting but as said not very deep. Video or pictures eg. might already contribute to catch the feeling.

  5. Erick G

    Very touching tour. A must see to get a glimpse of the recent history of South Africa. Part of the tour is given by former prisoners, and this add an important personal touch to the story. You don’t want to miss this one.

  6. Janet K

    The tour guide was very good, she was nice and she was always trying to go the extra mile. She was very friendly.

  7. Alia L

    highly recommend

  8. emjones55343

    Great tour, enlightening. Our guide was knowledgable, shared a lot of detail and history and was enjoyable to be wtih. The Robben Island part of the tour was cancelled due to a broken down ferry.

  9. rje1152000

    I would recommend this tour if you want to get some of the history of Cape Town. Our guide grew up in Cape Town, actually in the township that we toured. He was very knowledgeable of what the townships life is like, because he still lives there with his wife and children. The tour of Robben Island was worth the time and money. We also had wonderful guides on the island also. Gave me a clearer understanding what the prisoners lives where like. It’s sad that humans can treat other humans they way they do. Bonus we saw whales on the trip over to the island.

  10. mazkosma2011

    Our guide for the Townships part of the tour was a resident of the township. It was eye opening to see the hardship and the living conditions these townships residents. The trip to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned was a must see.

  11. Mary Lou S

    We had a wonderful guide named Joseph who escorted us around for the day. He went above and beyond to ensure all our needs were met when we changed the schedule around. Joseph is very professional, polite and friendly. He spoke knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and answered all our questions. We loved every moment of the tour! We would, without a doubt, recommend viator

  12. hannahdriscoll

    This tour was amazing!

  13. Laurie F

    An excellent trip, with a visit to the District 6 museum about the area that was cleared of blacks to make room for whites, the Langa Township where they were settled very welcoming to us, helped by the fact that some of the tour costs goes to the community, and Robbin Island, where Mandela was imprisoned. A very full and informative day!

  14. Fergus R

    Guides were very important to understanding this tour. Our morning guide tookus through the apartheid connection and the township visit. As a township resident his experience was very important to our understanding. The afternoon visit to Robben Island was outstanding and the guide to the prison was a former inmate so we had a better undertstanding of conditions. ALL IN ALL AN EXCEPTIONAL DAY OUT.

  15. William J

    The company was 2Africa for this full day tour, however, because of weather it was split into two days. Weather plays an important part in this tour because our visit to Table Mountain had to be cancelled because the mountain was clouded in and the cable car was under maintenance and our trip had to be rescheduled to another day and this was done by our guide as soon as the tour started. The company has good guides and because his quick action, our trip was rescheduled for the day before our departure. The city tour was good and everything listed for the tour was completed. The outstanding part of the tour was the visit to Robben Island which combines a boat ride, bus tour of the island and prison grounds, and a walking tour of the prison with a former prisoner.

  16. Donna T

    I highly recommend this tour. Beware as it may go long as the guide may take you to a local jewelry shop before going back to the hotel. He was kind enough to leave the group at the shop and bring us to our hotel.

  17. Gordon R

    An very interesting and touching tour of Robbin Island. So pleased that we did it. Table Mountain we were fortunate that there were no clouds when we went up. Amazing views from the top. Buy your tickets before you go as it misses the queue to buy them.

  18. Kathleen M

    This tour is a must for anyone wanting to learn about the apartheid era in South Africa. Our guide, who had been born in District Six, was great and told us we could ask any question we wanted to. The former prisoner who took us on the tour of the prison on Robben Island was mesmerizing in his description of what the political prisoners like him endured. This tour was a great experience for us and our children.

  19. Wick

    Tour guide was excellent! Walk through Langa was a great experience!

  20. Margaret T

    Great experience.

  21. Joanne H

    Wonderful tour. Guide Nadia Agherdine was a super guide. We were picked up at the hotel on time, and delivered to the port in time to meet our cruise ship. A wonderful learning experience.

  22. larissathorpe

    Historical aspects great and ex-prisioner talk fantastic. Using a personal guide, apart from transporting us there and accompanying us on the trip, unfortunately there wasn’t much else that the guide could have done as once on the Island, the ‘official’ guides free did everything else. So really, one can make one’s way there and back via the ferry with no need for paying for a guide.

  23. Matt

    Loved this, its a must see and do if you want to see the island.

  24. Dom Fletcher

    A must do in Cape Town, this is something we take everyone to go and see when they come and see.

Boat Trips to Robben Island (Prices, Ferry Times, Tours & Booking)
Boat Trips to Robben Island (Prices, Ferry Times, Tours & Booking)


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