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Robben Island: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its prison where Nelson Mandela was held.

Robben Island is also one of the most famous islands situated a few kilometers away from Cape Town Beach, this island is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and it has a very touching history and vibe of determination. Located close to Cape Town, this isolated island has cottoned for its penitentiary where Mandela spent 18 years of incarceration. Visit the last cells and listen to the actual histories of the fight from men behind bars – the apartheid prisoners. The place offers a lot of things to see including the archaeological history of the island, the animals living in the region, and the stunning views of the island from different angles. Robben Island is an astonishing legacy of the great fight for freedom and justice for the people of South Africa and the world is a huge meaningful experience.


This itinerary provides a comprehensive and reflective experience of Robben Island, complemented by the beauty and attractions of Cape Town.

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town and Introduction

Arrive in Cape Town and settle into your accommodation. Spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant V&A Waterfront, where you can enjoy lunch and visit the Robben Island Museum for an introductory exhibit on the island’s history. This sets the stage for your visit the next day. Have dinner at one of the waterfront’s many restaurants and rest up for an exciting day ahead.

Day 2: Robben Island Tour

Start your day with an early breakfast, then head to the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. Board the ferry to Robben Island, a journey of about 30 minutes. Upon arrival, join a guided tour led by former political prisoners, offering unique insights into the island’s history and the fight against apartheid. Visit the maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela was held, and see his cell. Explore the island’s other historical sites, including the limestone quarry and the Robert Sobukwe House. Return to Cape Town in the early afternoon and enjoy some leisure time at your accommodation. Spend the evening reflecting on the day’s experiences over dinner.

Day 3: Cape Town and Departure


After breakfast, take the opportunity to explore more of Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, either by hiking or taking the cable car, for breathtaking views of the city and Robben Island. Alternatively, explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, such as Bo-Kaap, known for its colorful houses and rich cultural history. Have lunch at a local café and do some last-minute shopping. Depending on your departure time, you may have a chance to visit another museum or relax at a beach. Finally, transfer to the airport for your departure.

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Important Information

Packing Tips:

  • Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the island.
  • Light jacket or sweater, as it can be windy on the ferry.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.

Additional Notes:

  • Ferry tickets to Robben Island should be booked in advance as they can sell out quickly.
  • Arrive early at the ferry terminal to allow time for check-in and boarding.
  • Follow all instructions from guides and respect the historical sites.

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