One of the most significant and symbolically charged pieces of land in South Africa, Robben Island guards the entrance to Table Bay.

The name hails from the Dutch word for seals, “robbe”. The island was home to Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned there along with other political prisoners. Now a living museum, the island and its ghosts are visited voluntarily. As a place of history, education and insight into South Africa’s past, this is an essential excursion. The return boat trip from the V&A Waterfront (half an hour each way) to this World Heritage Site and a guided tour around the museum by an ex-inmate is an experience not to miss.