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  1. South Africa
  2. Western Cape
  3. Cape Town
  4. Robben Island

Robben Island Ferry and Prison Tour for Non-SA Citizens

Product ID: 255377
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Travel to Robben Island by ferry and visit the famous prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years. Enjoy a bus ride around the island, then learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the words of a former prisoner on a tour of the prison.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable

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  • Admire the views of Cape Town on the ferry ride to Robben Island
  • Visit the prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years
  • Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the accounts of a former prisoner
  • Enjoy a bus ride tour around Robben Island
Full description
The ferry departs Cape Town and heads across Table Bay towards Robben Island. The ferry trip lasts around 45 minutes, during which you can admire the stunning ocean landscape and a view of the city.

Upon arrival at Robben Island, enjoy a bus tour around the island and listen to stories and facts about its history and uses over the years. After the bus ride, follow your guide on a tour through the prison and learn about the Apartheid and the courage of those who fought for democracy in South Africa.

Robben Island prison is most famous for being the location where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his prison years. During the tour, hear the words of a former prisoner about what life was like here, as well as the dramatic history of the region. At the end of the tour, take the ferry back to Cape Town Waterfront.
  • Return ferry ticket to Robben Island
  • Prison and island tour
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off

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Meeting point

Nelson Mandela Gateway, V&A Waterfront

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Important information
Know before you go
• This product is for international travelers only. South African citizens have access to favorable rates when booking the ferry ticket.
• It is recommended you visit Robben Island at the beginning of your trip to Cape Town: in case of cancellations, this will help you reschedule the visit.
• Please make sure you arrive at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before the time indicated on your voucher.
• In case of cancellations due to bad weather, you will be able to reschedule subject on availability. If rescheduling is not an option, please apply for a refund with GetYourGuide (not at Robben island).
• Only the Robben island ticket will give you access to the ferry. Wait to receive by email the official ticket.
• Please make sure to have your passport/ID with you on the day of the tour. Copies are accepted as well.
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