Visit Robben Island (7 – 9 September 2023)


All transport, activities, lunch and drinks included.

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Short tour description: 

Depart the hotel just after 08h00 to catch the ferry to Robben Island. The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront. The tour takes 3.5 hours, including the ferry trip to and from the Island. You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour, situated on the Island’s east coast and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.

The tour includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison, where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

Once back, lunch will be had at the V&A Waterfront, where some free time will be available for shopping. A visit to The Gin Emporium to experience follows before the busses depart back to the hotels at 15h30.

*Note that this day tour is weather dependent and will follow an alternative programme in case of bad weather.