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Robben Island Museum, Cape Town

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Robben Island Museum, a spit of land just off the Cape Town coast. The island's main claim to fame is rather unfortunate--it includes the prison in which Nelson Mandela served much of his sentence. Used for isolating political prisoners since the 17th century, the island also housed as a leper colony and a World War II fortress during its history. Take a boat ride to the island to delve into the history of the anti-apartheid movement and see where numerous activists, three of which later became presidents, served out their prison sentences. On a tour of the maximum-security prison, you'll most likely be guided by a former inmate who can offer a glimpse into the grueling experience many suffered here. To visit Robben Island Museum and get the most from your holiday in Cape Town, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cape Town trip itinerary site.
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  • Get there early as queues can be big/long However, it is worth it. Very humbling to learn about the experiences of prisoners from a former prisoner. Also really interesting to learn a bit about the... 
    Get there early as queues can be big/long However, it is worth it. Very humbling to learn about the experiences of prisoners from a former prisoner. Also really interesting to learn a bit about the...  more »
  • Last time we visited Cape Town our trip to Robben Island was cancelled, so we were keen to do it this time - and we managed it! The ferry across is quite informative - and I realised how little I... 
    Last time we visited Cape Town our trip to Robben Island was cancelled, so we were keen to do it this time - and we managed it! The ferry across is quite informative - and I realised how little I...  more »
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  • This is a must see on your Cape Town visit. Buy tickets well in advance during summer. We highly highly recommend the Walking Tour option. While it takes 4+ hours you really get a very different and more in depth experience than the regular tour on big busses that move past the many historical sights. Plus, you get to spend time with a resident guide on Robben Island, which affords a much more personal take on the place.
  • A historic site to visit and learn a lot. There is information that was unknown to me but now I know. It was an amazing visit and we had a colorful tour guides who gave us an amazing tour around the ISLAND. We even saw some penguins 🐧 😂

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