Township Tour including visit to Robben Island
On arrival, tourists often discover that they did not understand the extent to which previous race classification laws fragmented our society. Many people who the visitor originally assumed were defined as Black were in fact classified as Coloured or Indian and did not live in the townships, but in other designated areas.
Including a Robben Island tours in and around the prison are guided by ex-inmates who are able to provide great insight into the day to day life of a Robben Island Prisoner. Having incarcerated Nelson Mandela for 19 of his 27 years in jail under apartheid, Robben Island has become a symbol of South Africa's remarkable transformation.
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. Apart from housing political prisoners, the island was also used as a lunatic asylum, leper colony and general dumping place for chronically ill patients.
We take our visitors into the Townships, but preserve the integrity of this Cape Town day tour by also introducing them to the traditional Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap, as well as District 6, Athlone, Rylands and Khayelitsha.
Following your visit to the townships you will depart for Robben Island by ferry where you will tour the infamous island. Having incarcerated Nelson Mandela for 19 of his 27 years in jail under apartheid, Robben Island (meaning seal Island in old Dutch) has become a symbol of South Africa's remarkable transformation.
Tours in and around the prison are guided by ex-inmates who are able to provide great insight into the day to day life of a Robben Island Prisoner.
- District Six and Museum
- Cape Flats
- Robben Island
Please be respectful and mindful of other cultures. Ask before you take photographs of people or their homes.
Book for more than 60 people, contact us directly
Guests will be collected from their place of accommodation if located in the city centre of Cape Town and within a 10 kilometre radius.
Guests staying in outlying areas will be charged an additional collection fee.