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Prison cell, Robben Island
Entrance, Robben Island
Prison, Robben Island
Church, Robben Island
Seals, Robben Island
Sign, Robben Island

Robben Island

Half Day Tour

A moving visit to the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. After a 45 minute boat journey from the V&A Waterfront, meet your guide who, as a former political prisoner here, will give you a first-hand account of life on Robben Island.

  • Boat transfer to Robben Island
  • Enjoy a guided tour by a former inmate


From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront you will board a boat for the 45-minute crossing to Robben Island. Arriving at the prison harbour, you will board a bus to begin your tour of the island.

Highlights include the warder’s village, the church and graveyard built during the island’s time as a leper colony and the lime quarry where prisoners such as Nelson Mandela performed their hard-labour. At the prison you will be given a guided tour by a former inmate, providing you with a moving first-hand account of life in the prison.

The island itself is a sanctuary for many species of African wildlife including bontebok, springbok, eland, fur seals and numerous birds including the rare oystercatcher. After your tour you will take the ferry back to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, providing you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy some spectacular views of majestic Table Mountain as you return to Cape Town.


Approximate duration: 3 hours

Ferries depart at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Nelson Mandela Gateway

Open daily


Price & Availability

You can book this experience on its own or as part of a complete South Africa holiday. For price and availability please get in touch.

Robben Island

Half Day Tour

May to August – ferries depart at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00 only. Transfers to the ferry are not included.