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Whilst Cape Town’s Robben Island had been used throughout history as a Dutch prison camp and a leper colony, it is most famous for its more recent history as a political prison during the days of the apartheid era, housing famous detainees like South African Presidents Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma. In 1996 the island was officially declared a National Monument as well as a National Museum. And in 2006 it was named a National Heritage Site. Visitors to Robben Island may enjoy tours provided by the Robben Island Museum or attend cultural and heritage celebrations at the Visitor Centre.

Learn about the first-hand experiences of former political prisoners and wardens as well as their families with interactive multimedia displays installed at Cape Town's Jetty 1, the former launch port to Robben Island. Admire the natural ecosystem of Robben Island, which supports more than 130 species of birds, marine mammals like Cape Town Fur seals and whales, and many land animals like wild deer, ostriches and lizards. Enjoy rotating exhibitions pertaining to Apartheid, like biographical displays of former detainees that detail their years of isolation on the island.

Cape Town International Airport is twenty-kilometres from the Nelson Mandela Gateway and only slightly further from the V& A Waterfront Harbour, both of which launch ferries heading to Robben Island four times a day. You can also access to the “Mother City” via intercity train from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and other major South African cities and by Metro rail from neighbouring towns like Paarl and Strand. The Cape Town Harbour Metro station serves the sea ports, and once you are on the island, you can ride the museum bus to get around.

Hotels near Robben Island

90 hotels near Robben Island

1 Townhouse Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

60 Corporation Street Map

Providing quality accommodation and friendly service for travellers in Cape Town, the Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre Cape Town is only 5 minutes drive from the popular V & A waterfront. This... More

2 Cape Town Lodge Hotel Cape Town

4 stars
4.4 / 5 13 reviews

101 Buitengracht Street Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Cape Town for business or pleasure. GeneralFor your business needs,... More

3 Pepper Club Hotel & Spa

5 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

Cnr Loop & Pepper Street Map

Business and leisure travellers looking for upscale and elegant accommodations set in the heart of Cape Town find suitable base at Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa Cape Town. During spare time,... More

4 Taj Cape Town

5 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Wale Street Map

Taj Cape Town Hotel is an ideal accommodation for business as well as leisure travellers to experience comfortable stays. The combination of rich history and modern architecture of Taj hotel... More

5 De Waterkant Village

5 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

1 Loader Street Map

Whether for business of pleasure, De Waterkant Village Cape Town provides quality accommodation and services for travellers in South Africa. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Camps Bay, Twelve... More

6 The Westin Cape Town

5 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

Convention Square Map

Offering comfortable accommodation, The Westin Cape Town Hotel is an ideal place to reside for both business as well as leisure travellers. GeneralThis property comprises 12 conference rooms that... More

7 Hilton Cape Town City Centre

5 stars
4.0 / 5

126 Buitengracht Street Map

With the beautiful Table Mountain as its backdrop, Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel offers elegant accommodations with beautiful scenery in the city centre. The legislative capital of South... More

8 Camps Bay Retreat

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

7 Chilworth Road Map

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean along the peaks of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Camps Bay Retreat Hotel Cape Town provides quality accommodation and professional services for an enjoyable... More

9 Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

5 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

Beach Rd Granger Bay Waterfrnt Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is an ideal place for a pleasant and enjoyable vacation. GeneralThis hotel boasts well-equipped meeting rooms... More

10 Hippo Boutique Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5

5-9 Park Road Map

Hippo Boutique Hotel Cape Town features a blend of classic style and contemporary comforts in the heart of the city. This Cape Town hotel puts corporate guests within easy access to Cape Town... More