Welcome to Robben Island
In Table Bay, World-Heritage-listed Robben Island is a haunting
reminder of the horrors of apartheid. Nelson Mandela spent 18
years imprisoned in a tiny cell here along with other political
dissidents and social misfits. Perhaps the best part about this
experience is that ex-prisoners are usually the guides, sharing
poignant first-hand accounts of the atrocities they endured. Tours
to the island begin with multimedia exhibits in the museum at the
Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Sightseers then board boats to Robben Island, often braving rough
swells on the 30- to 45-minute ride. Be sure to book early, as the
tours can fill up fast.