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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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  • Another Cape Town must do. And a place as a Specials fan I had to visit... The cat boat worked well. Suggest if going in the Summer you sit on the left side as you look towards the front to stop you....  more
    Another Cape Town must do. And a place as a Specials fan I had to visit... The cat boat worked well. Suggest if going in the Summer you sit on the left side as you look towards the front to stop you....  more »
  • Its a must to visit if in cape town because of the history. And getting there is a pleasant boat ride. But first hour or so on bus is terrible. The second part where an ex prisoner takes you through.....  more
    Its a must to visit if in cape town because of the history. And getting there is a pleasant boat ride. But first hour or so on bus is terrible. The second part where an ex prisoner takes you through.....  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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