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Welcome to Robben Island

Robben Island

As one of the world's great cultural world heritage destinations, Robben Island is memorable for both its tragedy and exultation, and its testimony to faith. Between the 17th and 20th century Robben Island was used as a place for banishment and imprisonment. This island was made famous because of the political prisoner Nelson Mandela who was held there for many years.  When Nelson Mandela was released he became the president of South Africa. Since 1997 it has been turned into a national museum and placed on the World Heritage List. There are daily tours to the island that last three and half hours.

The tours, which are guided by former prisoners, include a visit to the maximum-security prison on the island where an estimated 3,000 freedom fighters were incarcerated between 1962 and 1991.

Information & Facts


Tours are R200 (adults), R100 (children 4-17), which includes the return boat trip across Table Bay


South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely spoken.


South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.

Opening Times

Boats leave at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm (weather dependent)


Local time is GMT +2.

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