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

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

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.

Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

2. Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

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) and try some homemade beer. See a traditional healer in action, and 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 within 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. Afterwards, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

3. Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

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

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

4. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

5. Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circumnavigation of Robben Island. Once airborne you leave the city behind you as you soar over the Atlantic ocean and head straight for the historical Robben Island. Your pilot will confidently navigate the helicopter around the island enabling you to experience the best possible views of the prison, the village and all else that is so unique on it. En route back to the mainland you will get to view the picture perfect combination of Cape Town and Table Mountain with Lion's Head and Camps Bay in the distance. As you descend for landing you fly over the working harbour of Table Bay and get one last look at Table Mountain.

Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

6. Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

Begin your journey of Cape Town with a hotel pick up, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the ferry dock to catch your boat to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era. Visit the former prison on a guided tour, hearing stories of the famous island's past. Next, head back across the water to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, where your guide will take you on a historical tour of Cape Town. See a number of iconic monuments and sights, including the Parliament buildings, the Company's Garden, the Slave Auction Tree, the Apartheid Museum in District Six, the Slave Museum, the Castle — which is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679. The last stop on your South African excursion is a visit to Table Mountain. Hop on the cable car and make your way to the top of Cape Town for unparalleled views of the sprawling city and the ocean.

Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

7. Cape Town: 2-Day Best Highlights Private Tour

Day 1 After an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel, start the day with a guided tour of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain. Follow this with a scenic drive through the coastal neighborhoods of Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, and Clifton before stopping for a photo opportunity at Maiden's Cove. Continue to Hout Bay for a boat trip to Seal Island. Enjoy the ocean views as you travel through Llandudno before arriving at Chapmans Peak Drive for a relaxing 15-minute stop at the viewpoint. At Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, keep an eye out for the Dias Cross, converging ocean currents and diverse fauna and flora, such as baboons and ostriches. Visit the rare breed of African penguins at Boulders Penguins Colony before returning to your accommodation via Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenburg. You will be dropped at your hotel or accommodation. Day 2 Head to the Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront after another 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel. Start with a Robben Island boat trip and museum tour, which last 3.5 to 4 hours, before being reunited with your tour guide at the V&A Waterfront. Enjoy Cape Town's highlights on a guided city tour, including visits to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood and famous city monuments. Follow this with a wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in South Africa, Groot Constantia Wine Estate. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a relaxing walk found at the foot of Table Mountain. You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Robben Island

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,107 reviews

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

Very refreshing esp if you’re more about your History knowing… and enriching yourself about your basics ie Where your Country’s History is from… the Facilitators are something else esp getting First hand narrative from the EX-PRISONERS ….is a Wow ☝… HAPPY SADNESS filled experience

Alt fungerte utmerket. God guide i township og Robben island-billettene var i boks.

It is an eye opening edge cutting heart felt experience.

Great experience indeed! Wheather permitting though