The Robben Island Museum (RIM) is pleased to announce a new Walking Tour, which will allow tourists to explore Robben Island’s rich history and biodiversity while walking in the footsteps of South African legends. This exciting new tour will start on Friday 31 December 2021 and the tickets will be available from 28 December on our online booking platform.

In addition to the standard tours by bus around the Island, the Robben Island Museum intends to highlight more sites with the Walking Tour. During this tour, visitors will visit eight (8) historic sites, including the Murray’s Bay

NEW: Robben Island Museum Walking Tour

Harbour Exhibition, the Visitor Centre Complex, the Land of Banishment for Xhosa Chiefs, the Ou Tronk Exhibition, the Blue Stone Quarry, the World War II Precinct, the Agricultural Precinct, the Lime Stone Quarry, and the Maximum Security Prison.

“Against the backdrop of the economic onslaught of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry, we have had to re-evaluate our offerings and find ways to improve the visitor experience, particularly to attract repeat visitors in the domestic market. The Walking Tours will offer tourists a new and exciting option, while also offering people who have already experienced standard tours a chance to learn more about RIM’s rich heritage,” explains Siphuxolo Mazwi, Marketing & Tourism Manager at The Robben Island Museum.

“The tour will be divided into smaller groups and accompanied by an experienced tour guide that will ensure the visitors’ safety, provide informative commentary along the way, answer questions, and dispel myths,” adds Mazwi.

The tariffs for this new experience will be as follows:
• R 1000 for South African adults and R620 for South African children aged two to 18 years.
• R 1400 for non-South African adults and R 820 for non-South African children aged two to 18 years.

The walking tours will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 07:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00 and visitors are required to arrive at least 30 minutes before. A complimentary water bottle and cap will be provided. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing including closed shoes/ sneakers and bring your own fruits to snack along the walking tour. The safety of our visitors remains our main priority. All covid-19 protocols will be observed, and emergency medical services are available on site.

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This new Walking Tour is not the standard tours on offer to Robben Island (which is priced between for R400 for adults and R210 for children under 18). This new Walking Tour will cover some sites that are not covered by the standard bus tour. These sites were upgraded during the nationwide lockdown in 2020/1 – including the Visitors’ Centre, the land of banishment and the Robert Sobukwe Complex. What also makes it unique is the fact that visitors will be walking to these sites (on the footsteps of those who came before us) and have a chance to ask questions and interact with the tour guide who will be guiding them on the walking tour. In addition there is the rich biodiversity of the island that will be showcased. The new Walking Tour includes the ferry ride to/from Robben Island.

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