There is no doubt that Robben Island is a very special place, it is a powerful symbol for the triumph of the human spirit, and offers a fascinating insight into the reconciliation and resilience that played such a key role in the development of a new South Africa.

There are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island, and a trip to the former prison serves as a jarring reminder of country’s troubled political past.

Take a ferry to Robben Island and enjoy spectacular views of the city and if you are lucky, you may be greeted by dolphins, seals or penguins.

Here are the top 10 highlights that you can expect when visiting Robben Island:

Start your journey at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront:

If you are lucky, you may spot a dolphin or two frolicking in the water from the ferry (this is season dependent):

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Enjoy gorgeous views of Cape Town from the ferry:

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Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and tour the maximum security prison with an ex-Robben Island prisoner:

Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour

Keep your eye out for the Robben Island lighthouse, which was built in 1864 by Joseph Flack:

 Don’t miss a chance to view the Kramat while on the bus tour. The Kramat is a Muslim shrine to the West of the maximum security prison, and it signifies the relationship between Islam and Robben Island:

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Robben Island used to be an important military base during WWII, and many relics still remain on the island:

Keep an eye out for African Penguins:

Take a selfie at the iconic Robben Island Blue Frame:

Share your favourite Robben Island memories with us!

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One Destination, 6 Unbelievable Experiences

There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.

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