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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

92 hotels near Robben Island

1 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

2 Cape Town Lodge Hotel Cape Town

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 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 Winchester Mansions

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

221 Beach Road Map

Providing quality accommodation and friendly service for travellers in Cape Town, the Winchester Mansions Hotel Cape Town is just 10 minutes drive from the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town city... More

4 Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

76 Orange Street Map

With a reputation for elegance, comfort and service, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, an oasis of calm in the heart of the city, is one of Cape Town's most elegant properties offering unparalleled... More

5 Hilton Cape Town City Centre

5 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

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

6 Townhouse Hotel

4 stars
4.8 / 5 5 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

7 Waterfront Village

5 stars
4.0 / 5

Mind Pearl House, West Quay Road Map

Featuring spacious accommodation and convenient facilities, Waterfront Village Apartments Cape Town is the perfect place for guests to reside and explore the surrounding areas. Some of the city... More

8 Commodore Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

Portswood Road Map

The Commodore Hotel Cape Town offers comfortable accommodations in one of Cape Town's most convenient locations. Guests enjoy easy access to Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Winelands.... More

9 Ambassador Hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

34 Victoria Road, Map

Enjoying an excellent location, close to the sea and offering superb facilities, the Ambassador Hotel and Executive Suites Cape Town is a perfect destination for a relaxing holiday or business... More

10 Protea Hotel North Wharf

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

1 Lower Bree Street Map

The Protea Hotel North Wharf offers upscale accommodations in the heart of the Cape Town's city centre. Guests are close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Two Oceans Aquarium... More