Day trip

Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

Day trip

Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

From US$ 93.28 per person

On this tour you will visit different townships and the prison Mandela was incarcerated, giving you an overview of Mandela´s struggle against Apartheid and its effects. It will also disclose how those affected continue to struggle for a better life today.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels in Cape Town city center, waterfront, and areas on the Atlantic seaboard including Camps Bay.
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
  • Visit the most important townships of Cape Town
  • See Robben Island Prison where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in prison
  • Visit the Gugulethu Seven Memorial
  • See the Amy Biehl Memorial in the Gugulethu Township
  • Have lunch on the V&A waterfront
Full description

Discover some of the most notable townships of Cape Town, learning about the struggle against Apartheid. Then visit the infamous Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his 27-year incarceration.

Start the tour at the historical site of District Six, where inhabitants were forcibly removed according to the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the Apartheid era. From there move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these townships and how they affected everyday life.

Make your way to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. Break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. After lunch, hop on the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a guided tour of the infamous maximum-s.ecurity prison and see Nelson Mandela's cell. After exploring the island you will be taken back to the V&A Waterfront by ferry, where the tour ends

  • Vehicle and driver guide
  • Return Ferry tickets to Robben Island
  • Guided tour of Robben Island
  • A visit to Nelson Mandela's cell
  • Fuel
  • Passenger liability insurance cover
  • Lunch
  • Return transfer to hotel at the end of the tour

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note some venues may not be available over weekends. Robben Island tickets are subject to availability.
  • Please provide the passport or ID number for all participants to complete the booking. South African citizens do not need to provide a passport number but must provide ID number and date of birth
  • All passengers must then bring this identification document with them on the tour (passport, birth certificate or drivers licence). Copies are accepted.
  • Tickets for the ferry to Robben Island are subject to weather conditions and availability. Every attempt will be made to book you on the 1:00 PM ferry, but if it is not available you will be booked on the 3:00 PM or 5:00 PM ferry. In this case, you will be dropped off at your hotel and asked to make your way to the harbor at the right time.
  • Rescheduling the tour date is possible, but subject to availability. If available, tickets can be rescheduled but a penalty fee of 65 ZAR per ticket will have to be paid in cash on the spot.
Customer reviews

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based on 412 reviews

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Pick up smooth and easy. Guide was knowledgeable and informative gave an excellent opportunity to see the life in the township and what they were doing to make things better and educating others on the way of life. Excellent experience. Robbins Island is a must for any visitors to Cape Town this visit was a great way to end a perfect day.

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March 27, 2023

We were treated to an amazing experience. Unfortunately due to poor weather our Trip to Robben Island had to be rescheduled but this was done with no fuss. I would highly recommend this tour and the walking part of the Township visit will live with me forever. If you visit SA you must a Township to truly understand the history and the struggles that still remain to this day. I was truly moved

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March 27, 2023

This was one of the best trips I have ever done! Me and my sister went on the township/Robyn island tour and it was such a good day. Our tour guides were so knowledgeable about the South African history and taught us so many things we did not know and were shocked by. It was so nice to be able to go into their township and be welcomed the way we were and see what life there is like. 10/10 for everything !!

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 11066