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.
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. 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. 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.
NB! Some of the venues may be closed on certain days, public holidays and Saturdays. We are not always notified of closures.
Please be respectful and mindful of other cultures. Ask before you take photographs of people or their homes.
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
(assuming 2 travellers)