ROBBEN ISLAND ACCOMPANIED – HALF DAY
Tour Code: FH04
Depart from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island (also called Seal Island), accompanied by your driver/guide.
This World Heritage Site is South Africa’s most revered national monument, and was once a prison for some 450 years – for, at one time or another, convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and political prisoners being punished for resisting oppressive rule.
Among its more famous inmates was 19th Century tribal chief, Makana, who lost his life attempting to escape by boat across the Bay, and South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. He spent two decades of his life on the island, along with some 3,000 other political detainees, many of whom were icons of the resistance and became leaders of the new South Africa.
This stirring tour is led by experienced island guides (some of whom were once inmates) and includes a visit to the Prison Block and the infamous Limestone Quarry, where prisoners toiled, as well as a drive around the island with it breathtaking views across the bay.
Return by ferry to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy spectacular views of the city and Table Mountain (weather permitting).
Private Return Transfers to/from Robben Island ferry, Bottled Water, Robben Island Tickets (scheduled basis), Tours and Trails guide accompanies guests to the island. Excluded: Lunch (Robben Island Entrance Fee subject to change).