8.00 AM - 9.00 AM
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Pickup info

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.

Booking notes

  • This tour does not operate on Sundays.
  • Robben Island tour is subject to availability of the 13:00 ferry and the Robben Island time-table.
  • Subject to weather, ferry schedule and seat availability.
  • Some of the venues may be closed on certain days, public holidays and Saturdays. We are not always notified of closures.
Township Tour including visit to Robben Island | This intimate interactive tour will expose you to some of Cape Town's multi-cultural life. We take our visitors into the Townships and witness everyday life in a harsh environment where you will hear some of the 11 official languages being spoken.

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 tour 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.
  • Culture shock: Medium
    Culture shock rating

    Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we\'ve classified things to help you make a selection.

    Low

    Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.

    Medium

    You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.

    High

    Think things you probably wouldn\'t do on your own ...

  • Group size: from 1 to 8 people
  • Pickup location: 

    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.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Guests will be dropped off at 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 fee.

  • Pickup time: (8.00 AM - 9.00 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (4.30 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

This tour offers insight and interaction with different cultures and communities. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment where you will hear some of the 11 official languages being spoken.

See the local market, an art & crafts centre, and we’ll try to find the elusive traditional healer, but no guarantees!

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.

HIGHLIGHTS
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  • District Six Museum
  • Bonteheuwel
  • Langa
  • Khayelitsha
  • Gugulethu Seven Memorial
  • Amy Biehl Memorial
  • We visit a crèche (if open)
  • Visit a traditional healer (if we find him!)
  • Robben Island

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to travel dates, 100% cancellation will be charged. Please note Robben Island tickets are non-refundable.

Children policy

Children are welcome

Participant Guidelines

Please be respectful and mindful of other cultures. Ask before you take photographs of people or their homes.

Other Disclosures

  • Please check when booking tours if your pick up and drop off point is free of charge.
  • Complete your cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island on the 13:00 ferry in the afternoon.
  • Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years.
  • Your return to your hotel is included in the price. Please advise your guide before boarding the ferry if you require transport back to your hotel when you return from Robben Island. You may prefer to stay at the Waterfront for dinner.