CITY, TABLE MOUNTAIN & ROBBEN ISLAND – FULL DAY
Tour Code: FQ04
Depart from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island – weather permitting. This World Heritage Site, and South Africa’s most revered national monument, was a prison for some 450 years – for, at various times, convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and those punished for resisting oppressive rule – including Nelson Mandela.
The tour, led by guides (some of whom were once inmates) includes a visit to the Prison Block, and the now infamous Limestone Quarry, where political prisoners were once forced to toil. It also includes a drive around the island, with its breathtaking views across the bay.
Return to the V&A waterfront to meet your guide for a trip along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard and lunch at a seafood restaurant en-route. Continue past sunny Camps Bay, over Kloof Nek to Table Mountain’s Lower Cableway Station, for a 5-minute revolving cable car ride to the top. 1086 metres above sea level, Table Mountain affords bird’s-eye views of both the city and peninsular, as you explore its summit. (This may be done in reverse, depending on weather conditions).
Return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter, for a walk through the Company Gardens, a fresh produce garden for ships and locals from the mid 17th Century, and now home to the SA Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. Drive to the Castle, South Africa’s oldest building, and take in the nearby Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation on his release in 1990, past District Six and home.
Inclusions: Entrance fees for Robben Island (scheduled basis), City & Table Mountain. A la carte Lunch and bottled water.