Visit Robben Island

Visit Robben Island

There are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island. A trip to the former prison serves as a jarring reminder of our country’s political past.  It reveals itself as a powerful symbol for the triumph of the human spirit, and offers fascinating insight into the reconciliation and resilience that played such a key role in the development of a new South Africa.

From the moment you arrive at the humble island, just a short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you’ll feel the impact of this World Heritage Site. A former inmate will guide you while on the island, and you’ll receive unparalleled insight into the significant role that each of the Robben Island’s inmates collectively played throughout apartheid particularly that of Nelson Mandela.

Operating Hours: Ferries depart at 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, weather permitting, from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront

Tel: 021 413 4220/1