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

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

From US$ 51.76 per person

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 from one of the former prisoners.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 5 hours
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Instant confirmation
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


  • 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

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.

  • Pick-up from hotel and accommodations in central Cape Town
  • Ferry ticket to Robben Island
  • Tour of the island and prison
  • Hotel and accommodation drop off
  • Food and lunch (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

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 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 514 reviews

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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

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

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