Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central

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World heritage site · Island · Historic Site
Visit the World Heritage Site of Robben Island Museum, a spit of land just off the Cape Town coast. The island's main claim to fame is rather unfortunate--it includes the prison in which Nelson Mandela served much of his sentence. Used for isolating political prisoners since the 17th century, the island also housed as a leper colony and a World War II fortress during its history. Take a boat ride to the island to delve into the history of the anti-apartheid movement and see where numerous activists, three of which later became presidents, served out their prison sentences. On a tour of the maximum-security prison, you'll most likely be guided by a former inmate who can offer a glimpse into the grueling experience many suffered here. To visit Robben Island Museum and get the most from your holiday in Cape Town, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cape Town trip itinerary site.
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  • The whole experience was fantastic. Bucket list item ticked. Was apprehensive because of Covid and mumblings from the staff on social media and the news, but never did we feel unsafe. All protocols....  more »
  • Poorly run and booked twice on.my last two visits and was cancelled with no.prior notification or explanation and now we can blame everything on COVID This must be privatised as no business sense or....  more »

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