Robben Island Museum
8 expert reviews
“For nearly 400 years the island served as a place of banishment - not just for supposed criminals but also for many other unwanted members of society, including lepers.”
– Time Out
"Aside from the heart-wrenching moment when you see the minuscule cell... much of the island tour can feel a touch formulaic." Full review
Online booking is advised as tours can sell out far in advance.
"This Unesco World Heritage site is preserved as a memorial to those such as Nelson Mandela who spent many years incarcerated here." Full review
Booking online well in advance is highly recommended as tours can sell out.
Condé Nast Traveler
"A bracing ferry trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27-year sentence, puts South Africa in its historical context." Full review
"Robben Island served as a place of isolation and imprisonment for over four centuries, but today it is a World Heritage Site and museum." Full review
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"Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela... it is finally filling a positive, enlightening, and empowering role in its latest incarnation as a museum." Full review
Make bookings at least three weeks in advance. Take sunglasses and a hat in summer.