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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  • We were staying in Cape Town for a few days & the Robbens Island Tour was cancelled twice with no explanation or told by our guide . We turned up at the booking office twice ready to go to be told... 
    We were staying in Cape Town for a few days & the Robbens Island Tour was cancelled twice with no explanation or told by our guide . We turned up at the booking office twice ready to go to be told...  more »
  • This was a somber, powerful experience. It began with a 15-minute ferry ride from Cape Town over to the island. Be warned, it can be a little choppy, in case you have those prone to seasickness in... 
    This was a somber, powerful experience. It began with a 15-minute ferry ride from Cape Town over to the island. Be warned, it can be a little choppy, in case you have those prone to seasickness in...  more »
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  • Excellent. It was an honor to have been there. Thanks to the guides and especially the X prisoners. You spoke of your tails from the heart and soul. Thank you for all the wheelchair friendliness. The tour bus had a lift. So impressed.
  • This island is a great place to visit. I contains a very rich history from when it was discovered, explored and used for different purposes until it became a prison. This is its way of telling its tale to the world

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