Heather and Nate's African Adventure travel blog

Welcome to Robben Island (The other language is Afrikaans)

A view just outside the prison

Good view of a clouded over Table Mountain

Nelson Mandela's cell

Another angle of Nelson Mandela's cell

A lighthouse on Robben Island


This was our first day in Cape Town and since it was cloudy and rainy, it was the perfect day to visit a prison. Robben Island is located in Table Bay just about 7 and 1/2 miles off the coast of Cape Town and is most famous for the fact that Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned there. Heather and I took the ferry across and joined a tour group around the island.

The tour brought us around the island and eventually to the prison. The history of the island is fascinating starting several hundred years ago including a time when it was a leper colony. The prison tour was lead by a former inmate of the prison, which made the experience even more real and interesting.



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