4 hours +


Cape Town


Watch this emotional clip as Nelson Mandela goes back to Robben Island and remembers his time there as a prisoner. This is the South African version of Alcatraz and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Things to know:

You take a ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island whilst looking for whales, sharks and dolphins on the way. You will then disembark and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison. Take a bus tour around the island before entering the prison facility for a tour guided by a former prisoner.

Your half-day program begins with a pick-up at 09:30 whereafter you board a ferry at the Waterfront. When you reach the island, a bus and site guide will show you around the island.

Hear about Robben Island’s rich cultural history and entertaining stories along the way. See the limestone quarry where Nelson Mandela and other prisoners endured days of hard labor. Once you have toured the island by bus, you’ll visit the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela's cell is located. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to take in the island’s plant and animal life.

Take a tour of the facility guided by a former prisoner and hear his stories about what took place at the prison during apartheid.

Take this opportunity to photograph Nelson Mandela's cell and the courtyard where he wrote his manuscript for the book, Long Walk to Freedom.

At the end of the day you’ll board the ferry for the return trip to the mainland.


Approximate cost (including travel):

$100 per person