Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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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!
What wasn't great was that there was an issue with our tickets the night before. Our driver, Sam, didn't make us aware of the issue until after the township tour and resigned to the fact that we just weren't going to be able to go to Robbens. We were told none of our geoup of 12s tickets were paid for and we would be dropped off at our hotels. That was completely unacceptable to my group of 4. We told Sam we wanted to go to the ticketing office at V&A and discuss our tickets with someone else. After much back and forth, the tickets "magically appeared." We went to the ticketing office. They were unable to accommodate us on our original 1pm ferry and were moved to 3pm. The change in time did effect other plans that we had, which we were not happy about.
If you want to get out of your comfortable hotel, meet a few real South Africans on a personal level and better understand how folks are living in the Townships...then this tour is for you. Sam and his team provide a professional, candid and genuine visit to Langa. We left better understanding the history and daily struggles. Robben Island was also a moving experience that is a testament to the human spirit. We would highly recommend Sam's Cultural Tours.
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!
This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.