Discover the Robben Island Museum today!
This former correctional facility was home to Nelson Mandela for 18 years! Unsurprisingly, the most famous part of the Robben Island daily tour is a visit to his 7-by-9-foot room. A small lightbulb burned over his head throughout the duration of the day and night. Nelson Mandela recalled in his book Long Walk to Freedom, “I could walk the length of my cell in three paces.”
The Robben Island Museum is now a famous World Heritage Site. It offers daily tours that begin at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. Once visitors reach the island, former political prisoners who were imprisoned on the island greet you at they take you on the tour. They provide in-depth history and insight into the island’s life and complex past.
Furthermore, thousands and thousands of visitors flock to the island annually. Part of the tour includes a visit to the leper graveyard and the lime quarry. This is where prisoners were put to worked and is a stone’s throw from Robert Sobukwe’s secluded prison home. In addition, visitors can also explore the maximum-security prison as well as the army and navy bunkers.
The Robben Island tours have a specific schedule. They begin at 09h00, 11h00, 13h00, and 15h00, from Monday to Sunday. This is all weather permitting. The duration of the tour lasts 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the island. The integrated tour provides visitors with an in-depth 500-year history of the island. Robben Island also offers educational and specialised tours to schools and smaller groups.
Visit this fascinating and history part of South Africa today!