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Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

Product ID: 125879
Visit some of the notorious townships of Cape Town, including District Six, and learn more about South Africa's apartheid policies. Then, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pickup is available from hotels, guesthouses and accommodation within 10 kilometers of the city center. Pick-up time depends on your hotel location. • Between 8 - 8:30 AM: Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Waterfront. • Between 8:30 - 9:00 AM: City Center, Gardens, Tamboerskloof. • For Rondebosch, Observatory, Mowbray, Woodstock please be ready to be collected between 7:30 - 8:15 AM. If you are staying outside of the pickup area, the meeting point will be outside the V&A Waterfront hotel between 8:40-8:50 AM.
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a 50% refund

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  • Learn about life under apartheid in some of the townships of Cape Town
  • Visit the townships of Langa, Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu
  • Meet a traditional African healer, see local beer being made and visit a primary school
  • Get the chance to support local businesses and markets
7.5 hours
  • Cape Town

  • District Six

  • 30 minutes
  • Langa

  • Bonteheuwel

  • Gugulethu

  • V&A Waterfront (lunch)

    • Optional
  • Robben Island

  • V&A Waterfront

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
End point
Full description
Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe.

Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub) and try some homemade beer. See a traditional healer in action, and then drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact within communities today.

See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. Afterwards, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.
  • Robben Island ferry ticket
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• Please make sure to have the ID used when booking on the day of the tour (copies will be accepted as well)
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• The optional Robben Island ticket is subject to availability and weather conditions. If the ferry gets cancelled after the township tour has taken place, you will be given the chance to reschedule (based on availability) or receive a partial refund
• You will get the opportunity to support local businesses and markets throughout the tour
• The tour ends at the Robben Island ferry gateway. You will be asked to make your own way back to your hotel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 145 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Robben Island tour was a little rushed in the maximum security prison. Part of the problem was having mixed group of English and French speakers and the inevitable delays when the French translation took place. The initial guide on the bus was better at managing the situation than the prison guide. The Township tour was very good. The guide was knowledgeable and did his best managing a group who were intent on disobeying his advice!

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February 13, 2020

What a great experience! I did the township tour before with my family, which was already very impressive, but this time the guide from Sam‘s was just so much more talkative and provided so much more information and background, I was really impressed. I visited Langa on a Sunday, which meant that we didn’t get to visit the kindergarten, but I was able to attend a service at the local church, which was even better. The tour included the visit of a local township beer brewer with the option to try the local beer and a visit to a traditional healer! I couldn’t have asked for more! The trip to Robben Island was well organized. Since the tour guides there are usually former prisoners from the Island itself, this was one of the most touching experiences ever. Just be prepared to be part of a large group there, but nevertheless there was plenty of time to ask questions and to see all the facilities. Definitely recommendable! Thanks to Sams Cultural Tours!

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November 12, 2019

Great tour, worth the money

I pre booked this tour instead of booking the Robbin island and district 6 museum tour separately. I’m glad I did, guides were very informative and it was great to get into the thick of things rather than be a spectator. We even went to a township Sunday service - amazing

January 16, 2019

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Product ID: 125879