Robben Island In Cape Town

Spend a day exploring the beauty of Robben Island

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Nov - Mar
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Robben Island Tour, Johannesburg

The Robben Island in Cape Town is a roughly oval island which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and stays on the list of must do things for the tourists. The Dutch translation of its name means the ‘seal island.’ The various historical sites present on the island have lately formed the Robben Island Museum. The major centres of attraction here include the island graveyard, the disused lime quarry, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers, Robert Sobukwe’s house and last but not the least, the max security Robben Island prison that also includes Nelson Mandela’s cell. Robben Island was quite infamous during the apartheid years. It was the central institution of brutality and the keepers of the prison were advised to break the morale of apartheid protesters. A lot of freedom fighters had spent more than a quarter of a century during their imprisonment here. Today, Robben Island stands as the symbol of victory of humanity over adversity. 

The Robben Island history is very rich and the island is also fascinating from environmental and geographical perspectives. At one time, this island was a part of the mainland. The Robben Island is basically the peak of a mountain, the rest of which remains under water these days. The first democratically chosen President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela had to spend 18 years from his total 27 years of prison on the Robben Island. Apart from him, the nation’s other Presidents, namely Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma also spent some years over here. Second half of the 19th century saw the island becoming a leper colony and animal quarantine station. During the Second World War, the island was also used as a military base. Hence, the history of the Robben Island in itself is too vast and eventful to be ignored which becomes another reason for the tourists to have interest in gaining the experience of visiting it.

Things To Do In Robben Island

Visit the Prison 7 - while there a number of different prison cells on Robben Island, Prison No. 7 is the most infamous one. It was the home of renowned freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela during the period of his imprisonment. He was kept in the cell for nearly 18 years during the anti-apartheid movement. It is now converted into a tourist attraction after being restored. 

Take a tour of the Penguin Sanctuary - besides the prisons and cells in Robben Island, the Penguin Sanctuary in Robben Island is a refreshing attraction. Whether or not you are a wildlife enthusiast, you must definitely visit this park. It is always a delight to watch these adorable creatures in their natural habitat. 

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Guru's 10 days trip to Cape Town

The trip was well organized and the local drivers and guide allocated for our trip were very professional. The coordination by Travel triangle was flawless and had a great user experience. I will recommend to all my friends to utilize the services

Guru Bangalore

S's 5 days trip to Cape Town

The team at TravelLykke have been very professional in their approach right through. They have been very patient and understanding of the requirements and accommodative to all kinds of doubts and queries and options too. Fairly transparent in the dealings and have a good set of on-ground contacts in S Africa who too have been professional and on time without delays and exceptions. A suggestion: there were some legs where we were informed we need to take Uber (to & fro Robben Island & Table Top Mountain). For the kind of spends done by us (Rs 3 Lakhs +) overall, it would have been helpful if these too could have been accommodated in the package. It is the nuisance value of having to book, wait etc. Also more minute detailing of the Full day Cape Peninsula tour could have been share earlier - we got it on landing from the local guide and it was very educative. Why not share this ahead of time? Some travel agencies give a backpack or travel kit (the amount of Rs 3 Lakhs is HUGE) with your branding. In this case it is singularly absent. Wonder why? We stayed in 3 hotels - Emerald Guest house in Johannesburg (Rating Poor to Good only); Kruger Park Adventure Lodge ( Excellent); Holiday Inn Express at Cape Town (Excellent).

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Mayankmaki's 9 days trip to Cape Town

The trip was very well organised and all our requirements were met. We had issues due to flight delays and we were late for one tour, our travel planner Mrs Prerna was very helpful and proactive to adjust the tours to accommodate everything. From last minute hotel booking to providing rental car , she was quick to respond and also regular reminders before trips to ensure smooth communication between us and South African operators. Would surely recommend their services The views with clouds sliding in all around the mountains and ocean at the cape point during the cape peninsula tour.

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Chinthabinoy's 4 days trip to Cape Town

We had an amazing time at SA. Prerna ( Offbeat trippers) arranged everything as per our request.


Rajani's 7 days trip to Cape Town

We had an amazing trip to South Africa. We would like to thank Mr. Inderjit from Flyocity for planning our itinerary and being available for resolving all queries. We had no problems in a foreign country.

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Jennifer's 11 days trip to Cape Town

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Aniruddha's 9 days trip to Cape Town

We had an amazing trip to South Africa. It is a beautiful country to visit with very hospitable people around. Everything went well without any hiccups. The hotels, cab drivers and other details were well planned by Nikhil from Besten/MK Holidays, special thanks to him. Some elements which can be improved were the visits planned during our stay at Knysna as they were quite some distance away from our hotel. Will definitely recommend Travel Triangle to others for planning their trips.

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Sonaleeka's 6 days trip to Cape Town

Its good ..but i did not had same experience as travel factory they used to provide us our day activity one day ahead.but hear besten tour everything is clumsy and messy every time we have to call our agent to get the details through out the tour.and some othe place we have to pay from our pocket even after paying for the pacakge. We had a very bad experience with besten tour.Half of things which promised not taked care by the vendor.We paid extra from our pocket for some of the tickets (activity) even after paying the complete amont..vendor promised he will pay us back..but we are still chasing behind him.This is the worst experience I ever had...I will never reccomend any one neither nor besten tour..learn something from travel factory

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Rajesh's 11 days trip to Cape Town

Was a unique experience in the game safari and capetown. Sandeep was extremely help and was always reachable. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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Yanshuk's 8 days trip to Cape Town

everything went very well as planned. hotels were awesome their locations, clean, services & all (except soho hotel in sun city. service was not goodas well as room was not as per expectation). overall trip was awesome. A big thanks to our travel agent Mr. Inderjit (flyocity trip planners pvt. ltd.) & travel triangle....

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