ROBBEN ISLAND (Accompanied) with PRIVATE TOUR ON THE ISLAND - PRIVATE HALF DAY
Tour Code: FH04A
√ Visit the historic prison of Robben Island, which for some 450 years incarcerated convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and political prisoners including Nelson Mandela.
√ Absorb the rich history and culture of the prison, now a World Heritage Site.
√ Travel around the island, in a private vehicle, with breath-taking views of Table Mountain over Table Bay.
√ Private access to Nelson Mandela's prison cell.
Depart from Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by scheduled ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island (also called Seal Island), accompanied by your guide.
This World Heritage Site is South Africa's most revered national monument, and was once a prison for some 450 years - for, at one time or another, convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and political prisoners being punished for resisting oppressive rule.
Among its more famous inmates was 19th Century tribal chief, Makana, who lost his life attempting to escape by boat across the Bay, and South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. He spent two decades of his life on the island, along with some 3,000 other political detainees, many of whom were icons of the resistance and became leaders of the new South Africa.
On arrival, meet your private island guide (most of whom were once inmates) before exploring this historic landmark at your own pace and with complete exclusivity. The tour includes a visit to the Prison Block and the infamous Limestone Quarry, where prisoners toiled, as well as a drive around the island with it breath-taking views across the bay. The highlight of this privately guided experience is the opportunity to access Nelson Mandela's prison cell, an experience not soon forgotten.
Return by ferry to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy spectacular views of the city and Table Mountain (weather permitting).