ROBBEN ISLAND (Accompanied) -
PRIVATE HALF DAY
Tour Code: FH04
√ 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, with breath-taking views of across the bay.
√ Guide accompanies the guests for additional commentary.
Depart from Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a scenic 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island (also called Seal Island).
This World Heritage Site, which is one of South Africa's most revered national monuments, was once a prison. Among its more famous inmates was the 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.
This stirring tour is led by experienced island guides (some of whom were once inmates) and includes a visit to the Prison Block and the infamous Limestone Quarry, where prisoners toiled, as well as a drive around the island.
The Wilderness Touring guide will organize and facilitate alternate touring should the tour be cancelled due to weather.