Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Tickets.

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 5 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Robben Island museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and is likely to sell out in advance. Secure your shared trip and museum tour tickets and skip the ticketing line by booking this tour and receiving return transfers between your hotel and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.

Embark on a unique opportunity to take the Long March to Freedom in the historical footsteps of former President of South Africa - Nelson Mandela. See the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela incarcerated for 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment. Listen to the true-life experiences on the island as told by ex-political prisoners who will give you a live guided tour of the island.

This is one of the most enlightening tours you will ever experience in South Africa.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Central 7400 South Africa

Pick up at accommodation in Cape Town. You will receive a shared transfer from your hotel in Cape Town to the Silo District where you will be escorted to the Nelson Mandela Gateway. Here you will charter a shared to Robben Island museum where you will be met by a former political prisoner who will conduct the tour of the Island. (Please note that our tour guide/driver will not be joining you on the tour of the Robben Island museum.) The entire tour lasts +-4 hours which includes hotel pick up. For part of the tour, you will be transported around the island by bus, before you visit the prison cell of Nelson Mandela and take the long walk to freedom. Upon our arrival back at the Jetty, your Tour Guide/Driver will meet you at the entrance of the Nelson Mandela Gateway.

Duration: 5 hours

  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Bottled water
  • Parking Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Entry/Admission to Robben Island (please note: time slots are 09:am, 11:00 am, 13:00pm & 15:00 pm)
  • Entry/Admission - Robben Island Museum

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Clients have to share their location and they will be picked up right at their door.


  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


24 Nov, 2022

Godfrey was very professional and really nice and the tour was amazing. We really learnt a lot. The booking was seamless and easy


23 Nov, 2022

The Robben island tour costs only 600 rand for non South African adult and this tour is charging you ~$100 for pick up from your hotel and the 600 rand/ $36 so they are charging you 3 times the price. When I complained the agent From Aimee told me that it’s your fault that you booked it and you can complain all you like and La Vacanza Travel won’t do anything. I spent 2 hours with La Vacanza Travel customer service in the middle of my vacation and they did nothing. I paid $267 when I should have paid $90. Stay away from this tour and this agent!


16 Nov, 2022

I've sifted a few reviews and none of them do justice to how alluring this place is so I write it myself. For starters, my chauffeur was puctual, polite and delivered me to the destination on time. He showed us to the Nelson Mandela Gateway and ensured the ferry set sail before departing. Before entering the ferry, there is an optional quick photoshoot with an energetic camera man who seemed to enjoy his work judging by the way he was encouraging passengers to pose. The ferry was more massive than expected and loaded to its maximum capacity. Yes, that is how popular the destination is. At the dock before departure, I experienced my first time seeing a seal. It was there basking in the water and I am glad I captured it as it was the ONLY one I saw. Funny how Robben Island translates to Island of the Seals yet I did not see a SINGLE seal on the island. The ferry ride is quite relaxing to the point I almost fell asleep. It sways from side to side, which I found soothing. On the journey, you can gaze upon an exquisite view of Cape Town while cruising the Atlantic Ocean. The landmarks which stood out where DHL Stadium and Table Mountain. The view on the ferry was a treat. On island arrival you are gret with the waters crytal unique colour. It's a special shade of blue, not like other blues. The island has an organised staff who assist in making the journey smooth and enjoyable. We disembarked in an orderly fashion. Bonus, I did not get sea sick. Shocking I know. Once docked at the island. We were allocated bus number 5 and intoduced to our guide for the first part of the tour. I wish I remembered her name cause she was comedic, energetic and joyful. Poured all her effort into the tour. I don't undertand how someone can conduct several tours and remain energetic, however she managed to pull it off. She has the gift of being comfortable in the spotlight and is gladly sharing it with others. The first part of the tour was conducted in Bus 5 which payed a visit to various landmarks. The tour guide ensured to provide details of the landmarks and people. Even spoke her native language Xhosa and I'm impressed at how well she pronounced the clicks. Also, she encouraged questions to be asked. To be honest, I lowkey wanted to disembark at every stop as it makes better photo quality and also to fully admire the island. Photos through a vehicle aren't the best. However timewise, disembarking at every landmark would be inefficient for group tours. I do not mind hiking the entire island with the right gear and massive supply of water. I suggest bringing your own water, orelse you have to purchase from the snack shop or remain dehydrated. There was a short break to release your bladder, buy snacks or both. Even just capture the scenery. During breaktime I was surprised people stood in an orderly fashion to take photos at the famous blue frame. (I don't know the actual name, I'm just calling it blue frame cause that's what it is.) I'm telling y'all, the scenery is.. I cannot find the words to describe. That is how breathtaking it is. A word of advice is to remain in your group and pay attention to the calls. Restrooms are furnished with toilet paper, soap and running water. It was emotional hearing stories from apartheid time. To illustrate, the long working hours with a fifteen minute break. Being forced to use a cave as a toilet. The toilet was converted to a school with a "Each one, teach one" motto by the prisoners. Also, the former prisoner shared a story of being transported in a vehicle with a shared toilet which was not a toilet, rather a bucket of faeces on a long journey having to survive the stench. We saw the graveyard of those who perished in from leprosy and the limestone quarry. Saw two churches as well as the limestone quarry. The tour was interactive as two questions asked were: 1. How does the ex-prisoner feel about being at a place which caused him pain. 2. Does the female tour guide live on the island? She replied she plans on living there for two years which might be extended and there are no stores, therefore groceries need to be purchased from the mainland. They do have a water supply. There is fauna on land such as antelope and snakes. (Didn't spot them, but worth mentioning.) About that snake, the guide said in the case you were bitten, worst to occur is a headache. I thought she'd say you have just a few minutes or hours to acquire the antidote, but no, just a headache. The ex-prisoner conducted the second half of the tour as promised and began by delivering a monologue of his life on the island. Moving on he took us round the museum and explained the history behind it. Even showed us the rusty, beaten down mattresses where they used to sleep. The museum has informational posters and the final structure we visited held several prison cells. You can feel the eerieness of the prison as well as second hand pain of those who suffered inhumane conditions. As soon as he mentioned Mandela's cell was the fourth window people were scrambling to take pictures. I still cannot believe I visited Robben Island. It does not feel real. I am not worthy to have stepped in the same soil as Nelson Mandela and other heroic leaders. I would not mind moving in if I find work. The island is peaceful, quiet and easy on the eyes. The perfect location for me. Who wouldn't want to live on such a lovely island? It is stunning to admire and my brain absorbed the history lesson. Finally, our tour ended with a not so long walk to freedom back to the ferry. I believe the tour name should be changed from half day tour to a more suitable title such as "Not So Long Walk to Freedom" /"Almost Quarter Day Tour". The experience will leave you walking away with the gratitude of not being chained and appreciation for what the heroes accomplished for South Africa. It's abhorrent how people encouraged living in apartheid. If you do not know what the island was used for you'd believe it's just a stunning piece of land in the infinite ocean, however this island holds a twisted past.


12 Nov, 2022

Tour on the Island felt rushed. Only got 5min in the cell block where all the stories from the prisoners were. Not nearly enough to read and absorb it all. Could spend at least 30min in this area alone and that is the most important part - the stories. We were rushed to the ferry after the visit as we had to depart 4:15pm but after everybody boarded had to wait another hour on boat because they could not find a tour guide on island and everybody had to wait. On the Positive side, Alison Simpson gave us amazing service after we had to cancel our visit the first day due to one of our party being sick and she went out of her way to arrange it for the next day.


07 Nov, 2022

The Tour was excellent and well run. Having one of the last prison guards being the docent added to the experience. If you are in Cape Town, arrange to take the tour.

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