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Township and Robben Island Full Day Tour

Cape Town Western Cape

Activity Description

This tour looks at the current social and economical situation faced by those living in township communities.
It also looks at current development programs aimed at improving The lives of people living in township communities vs. The struggle of the past which lead into the likes of Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment at Robben Island.
###The Robben Island visit includes:###

  • A return ferry ride.
  • A guided tour of Robben Island and the prison including Nelson Mandela’s cell.
  • The tour ends after the return ferry trip at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock-tower, V&A Waterfront. Return to the hotel not included.
    Please note; that under the New Robben Island museum compliance regulation, the full names of all participants, as well as their passport or ID numbers, are required in order for us to be able to purchase tickets on your behalf. As such on the day of the tour please see to it that you have your identification document or certified copy to confirm your identity.


Duration8 hours
WhenDaily year round
WhereDeparture Point: Our Pick ups are done in all accommodation establishments within Cape Town city centre , waterfront along the Atlantic seaboard up to and including Camps bay Return Point: not included tour ends at the waterfront when you are dropped off for your Robben Island tour in the afternoon
WeatherAll weather conditions
What to WearComfortable clothing Bring a sweater for the return boat from the Island
Things to BringCopy of passport or photo of it needed when boarding to complete your booking full names and passport numbers are required. Camera, extra cash
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Guide
  • Township Tour
    *Rooben Island tour
ExclusionsMeals, refreshments, and gratuities


  • Departs from 8.30 am.
  • 8.30 am – 12.30 pm – Camissa Township Tour.
  • 12.30 pm – 12.50 pm – Lunch Break at V&A Waterfront (not included).
  • 12.50 pm – Proceed to Nelson Mandela Gateway.
  • 13.00 pm – 17.00 pm – Robben Island Tour. Tickets for the ferry to Robben Island are subject to weather conditions and availability. Especially in high season (December – February) be aware that the ferry may not necessarily run at the end of the Township tour. In this case, you will be asked to make your way to the harbor.
    ###(Tour ends at V&A Waterfront)###

Customer Reviews

We had a great day joining the Gospel township and Robben Island tour. We booked the tour together with our friends so we were 8 in total. We were picked up at the appartment richt on time. Godfried, our guide and driver was very knowledgeable. He told us interesting facts before visiting the township so we could beter understand the history and the situation. We loved the visit at the community center with the different artprojects. Also the mass with the gospelmusic we liked a lot. A bit an awkward feelings walking in the township. Our group was placed together with some other groups so we were with a large number of people walking to the streets and entering some houses. A few people of the group were making pictures. This part made us feel somewhat uncomfortable. Then we went our way again with our small group and guide/ driver who lived himself in the area. He told us about his live and about living and growing up in this townships. He drove us past his house, greeting some people on the way. It gave us a better view of the situation. This impressed us more than the walk, it was a sincere statement that made us feel humble. In the meanwhile he stayed informed wither the boat to Robben Island would sail out since there was a lot of wind. Round noon he dropped us at Waterfront and gave us the tickets for Robben Island and we could go our way. We enjoyed the tour. The organisation was smoothless and the guide was top. - Mieke

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