Guided tour

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Tour with 1-Way Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: Sams Cultural Tours
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From US$ 45.99 per person

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Take the ferry to Robben Island from Cape Town and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept during Apartheid. Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa from one of the former prisoners.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
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.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take the ferry to Robben Island
  • Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • Learn about life during Apartheid from a former prisoner
  • Pre-book your ticket to Robben Island to secure your visit
  • Travel in comfort with pickup from your hotel
Full description

Take the ferry to Robben Island and tour the prison where Nelson Mandela was confined. Learn about South Africa's history of Apartheid and life in the prison from a former prisoner.

Depart from Cape Town on a shared bus to the V&A Waterfront. Collect your ticket and make your way to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Sail out to the island on a 45-minute journey.

On arrival, embark on a bus tour of the island before visiting the prison and the cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 prison years. Gain an insight into the history and conditions of the prison from a former prisoner.

After the tour, return to Cape Town and 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.

  • Pickup from hotel and accommodations in central Cape Town
  • Live guide
  • Ferry ticket to Robben Island
  • Tour of the island and prison
  • Hotel and accommodation drop-off
  • Food and lunch (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Passport, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • The ferry to Robben Island is subject to weather and sometimes trips get canceled. 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
  • The activity provider may phone you shortly before the tour. When booking, please make sure to provide your number
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I enjoyed my visit to Robben Island very much. However, I do feel like you could make some minor adjustments to make it even better. Where I was sat on the bus, i couldn't always see the buildings or sites that were being spoken about. It was a shame, maybe next time the bus could turn around so both sides of the bus can see what was being spoken about. I also found it difficult to understand what was being said at some times from the tour guide. I feel like they were just reading a script at times.

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January 15, 2022

Well I was expecting to see Mandela’s prison to be much more different from others prison but seen it was just more like others only the bucket in the prison makes it different from others I want to see his books he read during his time in the prison if there is any or his signatures or his picture in his room and his name writing outside his cell entrance his cote writing on the wall so many things to talk about him this will makes it more lively that’s only the thing I can talk about thank you .

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May 17, 2021

Emotional, sad & heartbroken to hear/see Sobukwe house/prison....and the story behind.... Wish we should have seen it inside, the same as Mandela's & his fellows..... Standing & listening in the scorching sun after disembarking barking from buses was a little bit to much.... Cells visit & the story behind was too short Registers/time book, boots, etc (in 1 of the 'offices' were never explained The narration was one-sided/focused more on Rivonia Trialists We were told more about Cell No 4 & nothing about Cells 1-3, 5-????? occupants

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April 5, 2021

Product ID: 176091