Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Ticket(s) | La Vacanza Travel

Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Ticket(s)

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

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  • 5 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Explore one of the most visited sites in Cape Town, Robben Island, South African symbol of resilience by determined people. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle and take advantage of the ease of hotel pickup. Along the way, learn about Africa’s history, the island's role als a former prison, and hear stories about Nelson Mandela and how he spent 18 years of his 27-year sentence there.
Get picked up early from your lodging to begin your day of sightseeing in Cape Town.

- Explore the highlights of Robben Island with a guide
- Save time waiting in ticket lines: Robben Island Entry is included
- Ensures a more personalised experience
- Tour offers the opportunity to see Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Waterfront Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

Get a guided tour of the prison while learning about South Africa's history, the struggle against oppression, and the thousands of freedom fighters who were imprisoned on Robben Island, including former president Nelson Mandela. Return by ferry to the V&A Waterfront and enjoy some free time to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants (cost not included). Explore the wonders of the ocean up close as you visit the penguin exhibit, shark exhibit, ocean exhibit, and much more. Learn about the history of South Africa, the fight against oppression, and the thousands of freedom fighters—among them former president Nelson Mandela—who were detained on Robben Island by taking a guided tour of the prison. Take the ferry back to the V&A Waterfront and use your free time to shop or eat at one of the many restaurants (own expense).

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Ferry Departure: Your tour begins with a ferry ride from the V&A
Waterfront in Cape Town to Robben Island. With your pre-booked ticket,
enjoy priority boarding and ensure a seamless start to your

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Upon arriving at Robben Island, visitors are welcomed by a knowledgeable guide who gives an overview of the island's history. A guided bus tour covers key landmarks like the lime quarry and Robert Sobukwe's house. The prison complex, including the maximum-security section where Nelson Mandela was held, is explored, with visits to Mandela's former cell and insights into the harsh conditions. A guided walk led by a former political prisoner offers firsthand insights into inmates' daily lives and resilience. Interactive exhibits within the prison provide additional context and personal accounts of the island's history.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Murray's Bay Harbour, Robben Island, 7400, South Africa

Free Time:Enjoy some free time to reflect on your experience, take in the scenic views, and capture photos of the island's natural beauty.
Return Ferry: Board the return ferry to Cape Town, where you can continue to contemplate the profound impact of your visit to Robben Island.
Conclusion: As you disembark from the ferry back at the V&A Waterfront, take a moment to reflect on the powerful history and enduring legacy of Robben Island.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Professional Driver/tour guide in an Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Ferry transfer to the island
  • Guided tour by former inmate at the island.
  • Entry/Admission - Murray's Bay Harbour
  • Entry/Admission - Waterfront Clock Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Robben Island Museum

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities and services or items of personal nature.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • PRE BOOKED TICKETS CONDITIONS: Clients must provide a minimum of 72 hours' advance notice for pre-booked tour tickets. All pre-bookings are subject to confirmation from the tour operator, and clients will receive confirmation once arrangements are finalized. In the event of last-minute changes, the tour operator will make reasonable efforts to accommodate client preferences, but it may not always be possible. While efforts will be made to accommodate preferred dates and times, the tour operator reserves the right to suggest alternative slots based on availability
  • TOUR OPERATOR SUGGESTIONS : Booking in Advance: It's advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. Robben Island is a popular destination, and tickets can sell out quickly. Tour Duration: The ferry ride to Robben Island and the guided tour on the island have a fixed duration. Be sure to check the departure and return times to plan your visit accordingly. Ferry Departure Point: Ferries to Robben Island depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Ensure you are at the correct departure point on time. Weather Considerations: Weather conditions can affect ferry operations. In case of adverse weather, ferry services may be temporarily suspended. It's a good idea to check the weather forecast and the ferry company's updates before your visit. Identification and Tickets: Bring a form of identification with you, as it may be required when picking up your tickets. Ensure that you have your tickets, booking confirmation, and any necessary identification ready. Guided Tours: The visit to Robben Island includes a guided tour led by former political prisoners. This tour provides valuable insights into the island's history. Respect the rules and guidelines provided by the tour guides. Photography: While photography is generally allowed on the island, there may be specific areas or circumstances where photography is restricted. Listen to your guides and follow any guidelines they provide. Comfortable Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, as the tour involves some walking. Be prepared for varying weather conditions. Visitor Center: Explore the Visitor Center on the island, which features exhibitions and information about the history of Robben Island. Respectful Behavior: Robben Island is a place of historical significance and should be treated with respect. Follow any rules or guidelines provided by the authorities and guides.
  • 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 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For guests staying beyond a 3 kilometer radius from the listed hotel
establishments or unable to locate their accommodations on Google Maps
or GPS, they are advised to proceed to one hotel listed as their
designated pickup point.


  • 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

User's Reviews


22 Apr, 2024

Tafa and Giraffe Horizons delivered a great experience. We had booked this tour before discovering that our hotel was only a 5-10 minute walk to the ferry station. Tafa picked us up at the hotel, parked at the station and helped us through the crowds buying tickets. He brought us to front of the line and stayed with us until the ferry departure. While our ferry was delayed, Tafa stayed with us and we had an incredible discussion/education about the history of Robben Island, Mandela and South Africa as a whole. We will look to Giraffe Horizons on our next South African visit. They offer many other tours.


06 Apr, 2024

This was a great tour! I would recommend it to anyone who visits South Africa. My tour guide, Tafa, was very patient, knowledgeable, friendly and gives his undivided attention to make sure that you are enjoying the tour. Thanks TAFA for everything! 🤗


11 Mar, 2024

Our two guides were both ex convicts from Robben Island which made our tour very relevant as well as memorable


05 Mar, 2024

Mr T was excellent and we had an excellent tour..very helpful with my walking issues and trip was well organized and provided good history


29 Feb, 2024

This was a great tour. Our driver was fun, punctual and caring. Robben Island was well organized and a sobering experience. Highly recommend this tour and driver.

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