Delving into South African history on a journey to Robben Island?
Here is what to remember when visiting this South African UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cape Town where some of the country’s freedom fighters, including the late president Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned:
- Robben Island Museum now requires guests to produce a form of identification when purchasing and boarding the ferry to the island. Should we make your booking, please send us proof of identification (i.e. passport, ID document, drivers licence or birth certificate) and remember to take it, or a copy thereof, with you on the day
- It is best to purchase tickets well in advance as it is an incredibly popular tour
- The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront with current departure times at 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Tours are, of course, weather dependant and times may change depending on the season
- The tour takes between 3.5 and 4 hours (including the return ferry trip)
- Sites such as Robert Sobukwe’s house, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison—where freedom fighters were incarcerated—are visited during the tour
- If you are prone to seasickness it is advisable to take sea sickness precaution