Robben Island & Cultural Tour

Overview

Robben Island is a small island first discovered in 1575 by Portuguese explorers as a natural floating paradise of wild birds, seals and penguins set 9km north of Cape Town city. This charming island was later claimed by Jan van Riebeeck who named the sanctuary Robben Island after the Dutch word for seals ‘robben’, as inspired by the resident seal population.

During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women, and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela,and the founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, were all imprisoned on Robben Island.Today, however, Robben Island also tells us about victory over Apartheid and other human rights abuses

We board the Robben Island ferry at the V & A Waterfront and as we sail out into the bay towards the island you will be amazed to see how Table Mountain wraps itself around the city like a natural amphitheatre.

You will join a guided tour where you are taken to the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was held. All the hardship endured by the political prisoners is explained and you will get an understanding of what it must have been like for them to be so close to Cape Town and yet it was so unreachable! Upon arrival back in Cape Town harbour we’ll return you to your hotel.