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
(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.