Once a place of imprisonment, exile and isolation, Robben Island now stands as one of Cape Town's most intriguing tourist attractions.
For 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment for political troublemakers, social outcasts and undesirables in society. Its most famous inmate was spiritual and political leader Nelson Mandela, who was held as a political prisoner there for 18 years.
While South Africa was under the apartheid system, Robben Island became notorious for its brutality, and today it stands as a poignant reminder to democratic South Africa of the cost of freedom.
Take a tour of Robben Island
Robben Island Museum was opened in 1997 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Educational for both children and adults, this fascinating museum tells the story of South Africa and conducts on-going research into the history of the island.
Take a tour around Robben Island and delve into the murky history of the place. See Nelson Mandela's cell and hear contrasting tales of both freedom and misery – a trip to Robben Island is an unforgettable and often highly emotional experience.
Explore Robben Island with the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
Robben Island lies just off the coast of Cape Town, and you can take a ferry from the V&A Waterfront. This upmarket hotel in Cape Town is just a short walk from the ferry departure point, so it's the perfect place to stay if you want to visit this world-famous attraction.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, boasts first-class facilities such as on-site spa, restaurant, fitness centre and meeting rooms, so you can relax in style after your visit to Robben Island.