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

Robben Island: Ferry Ticket and Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Product ID: 176091
Secure a ticket for the ferry to Robben Island and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept during Apartheid. Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the voice of one of the former prisoners.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

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.
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

Select participants and date:



  • Pre-book your ticket to Robben Island to secure your visit
  • Enjoy the comfort of a hotel pick-up
  • Learn about life during Apartheid through the voice of a former prisoner
  • Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
Full description
Your driver will pick you up in central Cape Town with a shared bus and drop you at the V&A Waterfront, not far from the Robben Island Museum, where the ferry to the island departs from. Only after receiving your ticket from the local operator, make your way to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. 

The ferry trip lasts about 45 minutes: at your arrival you will first have a bus tour of the island and then you will be given the opportunity to visit the prison and the cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 prison years.

Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the voice of a former prisoner. After the tour you will get a return boat to Cape Town and you will 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.

  • Pick-up from hotel and accommodations in central Cape Town
  • Ferry ticket to Robben Island
  • Tour of the island and prison
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel and accommodation drop off
  • Food and lunch (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The ferry to Robben Island is subject to weather and sometimes trips get cancelled. 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.
• Note that the tour ends at the Robben Island ferry gateway. You will be asked to make your own way back to your hotel.
• The local operator might need to reach you on the phone shortly before the tour. When booking, please make sure to provide the number where you will be reachable while in Cape Town.
• Please make sure to bring your passport / IDs on the day of the tour. Copies are accepted as well.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 477 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The tour was excellent, I was shocked to find that the ticket to Robben Island was R380 and I have paid R1920. 00 for my husband and I. I was picked from Camps bay which is +- R120 using the Uber. I stil dont understand why I had to pay double.

December 30, 2019

Was great to be picked up from our hotel and to be presented with our tickets by the driver. The experience was stress free. A highlight of the experience was actually getting to see and hear from a political prisoner of the apartheid regime who showed us the cell that Nelson Mandela occupied while serving time on Robben Island.

December 3, 2019

Fascinating, sobering, saddening, optimistic experience

I remember the dreadful days of apartheid and reading about the sentences given to brave people who fought for basic civil rights in their own homeland. I’m proud that an Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, was instrumental in the embargoes that helped finally break this hideous regime. Mandela was but one of the heroic souls who endured and the wives and children knew tremendous suffering too. A sobering, saddening but ultimately inspiring experience.

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September 8, 2019

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Sams Cultural Tours

Product ID: 176091