Visit Robben Island – see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell

Visit Robben Island – see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell 2017-05-24T10:25:16+00:00
  • Visit Robben Island

It’s a story of injustice, imprisonment and adversity that ultimately ended in hope and the birth of the new South Africa. If you really want to immerse yourself in the tumultuous history of this country, there’s no better place to do it than  Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was kept prisoner for 18 years.

Nelson Mandela outside his prison cell on Robben Island in 2003

Nelson Mandela outside his cell in 2003 (photo by

The island, just 9 km off Cape Town’s shores, has served as a place of banishment right since the early years of European settlement more than 350 years. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site recognising the struggle heroes who were imprisoned there.

Take a tour of the island

Tours depart several times a day from the Nelson Mandela gateway at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (about 10 minutes drive from the Bay Atlantic Guest House). They take about 3.5 – 4 hours, including the half-hour ferry trip to the island. Once on the island, you will be taken on a bus tour of the main historical sites, including the limestone quarry where prisoners were put to work, and culminating in a visit to Mandela’s cell.

The tour guides inside the prison are all former political prisoners, so you will gain their unique impressions and get a real glimpse into how it was to be incarcerated on the island during the apartheid years.

You can book your tour and get more information using the website details below:

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