Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central

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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  • A very sobering event. To learn all the struggles and conditions the prisoners lived in was quite incredible especially as tour rep was someone who was actually imprisoned there and experienced the....  more »
  • Just about everyone comes here. A ferry trip from the harbor to the island which once was a horrible prison. You will probably get a personal tour guided by one of the former prisoners. And there.....  more »

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