Day trip

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

From US$ 77.99 per person

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.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels, guesthouses and accommodations within 10 kilometers of the city center. Pickup time depends on your hotel location. Pickup from Rondebosch, Observatory, Mowbray, Woodstock takes place between 7:30 AM-8:15 AM; from Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Waterfront between 8 AM-8:30 AM; from City Center, Gardens, Tamboerskloof between 8:30 AM-9:00 AM. If you are staying outside the pickup area, the meeting point will be outside the V&A Waterfront Hotel between 8:40 AM-8:50 AM.
Wheelchair accessible


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
  • 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
Full description

Discover some of Cape Town's most famous townships on a guided tour in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit District Six, take a walking tour in Langa, and learn about Bonteheuwel as you drive through it. After, explore Robben Island on your own with an included ferry ticket.

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), try some homemade beer, and see a traditional healer in action

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 on the 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. Afterward, 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
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Tips (optional)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The Robben Island ticket is subject to availability and weather conditions. If the ferry gets canceled 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, following which you can make your own way back to your hotel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 197 reviews

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Eye opening experience on how the 3/4 of the population still lives in Cape Town. Walk tour around the slams (so-called townships) with a local guide is priceless! And the best part- absolutely safe - no beggars, no kids following you and asking for anything, nothing dangerous at all! Highly recommended tour if you want not only see the glamorous of the waterfront but glance at the other part of the everyday lives of a regular, ‘less fortunate’ people of the mother town.

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October 30, 2022

I spent a wonderful day touring the Townships and learning all about South Africa's relatively recent history pre, during, and post-Apartheid directly from someone who grew up in the Townships and knows life there intimately. Both my guide and driver were excellent. I felt safe, well taken-care of and all my questions were expertly answered with a smile and lots of patience/grace. The guided part of the tour drops you off at V&A Waterfront where you have time for lunch then you board the ferry to Robben Island in your own. Everything is included and the fabulous staff of Robben Island take care of every detail from there - you are stewarded through the experience the moment you step on the ferry. The only thing you have to do is get yourself back to your home base after you return on the ferry.

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September 27, 2022

amazing from start to finish sam picked us both up at our hotel and drive us to the township giving us some information enroute. we then met our township guide at Laga, Gladstone was very informative and friendly he walked us through Langa taking us into the primary school soem hostels and a home. we then bought some gifts at the souvenir shop be careful very expensive but glad the money goes to the township. Sam then drove us back into Cape Town ro get us to our ferry for departure to Robben Island. 30min ish ferry ride then a tour of the prison from and ex political prisoner very fascinating. then a tour by bus around the village on the island with very informative guide all very friendly throughout the day A++ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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June 8, 2022

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