Guided tour

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

From US$ 48.40 per person

Take the ferry to Robben Island from Cape Town and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept during Apartheid. Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa from one of the former prisoners.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
The pickup point will be: Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, City Centre (CBD, Gardens, Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht), Woodstock, Waterfront. If you are staying outside the pickup area, you will have to make arrangements with the local partner to get your ticket within the pickup area. If you are staying at the Waterfront, please be aware you will be charged for transportation anyways. Consider booking the ticket directly with the island.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take the ferry to Robben Island
  • Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • Learn about life during Apartheid from a former prisoner
  • Pre-book your ticket to Robben Island to secure your visit
  • Travel in comfort with pickup from your hotel
Full description

Take the ferry to Robben Island and tour the prison where Nelson Mandela was confined. Learn about South Africa's history of Apartheid and life in the prison from a former prisoner.

Depart from Cape Town on a shared bus to the V&A Waterfront. Collect your ticket and make your way to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Sail out to the island on a 45-minute journey.

On arrival, embark on a bus tour of the island before visiting the prison and the cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 prison years. Gain an insight into the history and conditions of the prison from a former prisoner.

After the tour, return to Cape Town and be dropped off at the V&A Waterfront. Here you will be free to return to your accommodation independently or continue touring the beautiful city.

  • Pickup from hotel and accommodations in central Cape Town
  • Live guide
  • Ferry ticket to Robben Island
  • Tour of the island and prison
  • Hotel and accommodation drop-off
  • Food and lunch (optional)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Passport, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • The ferry to Robben Island is subject to weather and sometimes trips get canceled. In case of cancellation, you will be able to reschedule directly at the Robben Island ticket counter (subject to availability) or apply for a refund to GetYourGuide
  • For rescheduled tickets you will have to make your own way to the waterfront
  • The activity provider may phone you shortly before the tour. When booking, please make sure to provide your number
Customer reviews

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4.1 /5

based on 744 reviews

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The tour itself was very interesting and sometimes emotional listening the stories told by the guide and by an ex inmate. The organisation though was very rushy and confusing with not so much details where to go and how to move. And, I was a but deluded when I found out that the ticket at the counter direct was half price the one I bought. In the ad there was a price also only for SA residents and I had to pay extra 260 R. All was not so clear

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December 26, 2022

Excellent service from the hotel pick up until the island. I got to understand the history of Robben Island properly. I was deeply touched by the Robert Sobukwe history and realized that some heroes are indeed not fully celebrated. I cryed when I saw the single cells were our political leaders were kept was the same size where dogs were leaving. Those people survived difficult conditions.

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January 5, 2023

Good communication, they sent me the ticket one day before and smooth pick up. Yet I don’t think it was worth it. Could have done it on my own. I only booked it as I was trying to book from RI website before I arrive and it was not working and was afraid it will be fully booked when I arrive, but I think its expensive given that they don’t offer anything extra. But overall it was an ok purchase given my situation.

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January 2, 2023

Product ID: 176091