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Robben Island

Robben Island Museum

Nelson Mandela Gtwy.
Cape Town, 08002, South Africa
TEL: 27-21-409-5100

Best known as the former prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, this island off the coast of Cape Town also served as a leper colony, mental institution, and military base over the past three centuries. Today, the on-site museum organizes daily tours of the island that begin with a 30-minute catamaran ride from the Nelson Mandela Gateway. Led by an ex-political prisoner, the 2½-hour tour comprises a visit to the prison, including Mandela’s cell, and a 45-minute guided bus excursion, which provides views of the lepers’ church, warden’s village, lime quarry, and wildlife such as African penguins.

Insider Tip:

Sunlight shining off the lime quarry damaged the eyes of many inmates, including Nelson Mandela; make sure to bring sunglasses to protect your own.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Parking Available

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