Robben island, where Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars, before the fall of apartheid. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma.
Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tour of the Robben Island Museum begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, near the clocktower.
Ferries to Robben Island depart at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and each tour takes approximately 3.5 hours including the boat trip there and back
You need to be there 30 minutes prior to the departure time, with the gates closing 10 minutes prior to departure.
On the island, tours are all guided by former political prisoners of the island, offering the visitor a truly unique insight into the island’s history and personal accounts of prison life.
The tour includes a visit to the maximum security prison, with the most poignant stop reserved for Mr. Mandela’s former cell, prepared exactly as it was when he was imprisoned here.
A bus takes you to the lime stone quarry where Mr. Mandela and his fellow prisoners did hard labour. Additional stopovers include the Kramat (shrine) of Tuan Guru (a Muslim leader), the Lepers’ Graveyard as well as the house where Robert Sobukwe lived in solitary confinement for nine years.
The price of the tour is: R300 per adult, and R160 per child.