Learn about Nelson Mandela’s remarkable legacy on this guided tour of Robben Island, where the famous leader spent long years of his imprisonment. Cover centuries of history in the UNESCO-listed historical property, which include decades as a military base, hospital, and maximum security prison. Tours include door-to-door pickup and drop-off from your Cape Town hotel.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Wondatrip Office in Cape Town CentralFor nearly 400 years, Robben Island, about 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of exile where rulers sent those they regarded as outcasts and troublemakers. Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.The author Lawrence Green described Robben Island as "The Island of Exiles". For centuries it was a remote inaccessible place. It was said that the Portuguese has put prisoners here in as early as 1525, but to date, no evidence has pointed to this occurrence. MuseumSince 1997 Robben Island has been a museum acting as a focal point of South African heritage. Daily tours of about 4 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides are offered (weather permitting) from the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. In 1999 the island was declared a World Heritage Site. During the apartheid years Robben Island was used to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Freedom fighters, like Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town Central, Western CapePlease after making your booking please forward yours copies of your passports or IDs so that we can book a ferry for you without that we can not process your booking, and secondly we need your hotel so that we can send our driver to come and pick you.Thank you.