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Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years—was a place of isolation for nearly three centuries, housing many political prisoners and serving as both an asylum and leprosy colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy.

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Half day Robben Island Tour.

Half day Robben Island Tour.

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Robben Island boat trip and museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and is likely to sell out in advance. Secure your shared boat trip and museum tour tickets and skip the ticketing line by booking this tour and receiving return transfers between your hotel and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Embark on a unique opportunity to take the Long March to Freedom in the historical footsteps of former President of South Africa - Nelson Mandela. See the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela incarcerated for 18 years of his 27 year imprisonment. Listen to the true life experiences on the island as told by ex-political prisoners who will give you a live guided tour of the island. This is one of the most enlightening tours you will ever experience in South Africa.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.73
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$96.73
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Robben Island Heritage & Table Mountain Tour

Robben Island Heritage & Table Mountain Tour

Marvel at the views of Cape Town from the Table Mountain that is flanked by the Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west and a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds a rich biodiversity, a part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax patrol the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic are breathtaking. Trace the footsteps of Mandela at the Robben Island Museum. Located just off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island holds a significant place in South African history as it once housed the country’s political freedom fighters. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Your visit to the museum will be guided by a former political prisoner, offering unique insight into the its history, and take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, standing exactly as it did when he was incarcerated there, as well as the lime quarry where he was forced into hard labour.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.54
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Half-Day Small-Group Township Tour South Africa from Cape Town

Half-Day Small-Group Township Tour South Africa from Cape Town

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Immerse yourself in Cape Town's apartheid-era history on this half-day tour that includes visits to District Six, a local preschool, a local shebeen (pub), and meet a traditional healer. Learn about apartheid and its legacy in South Africa through a guide's enlightening commentary. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere that comes with traveling in a small group of 15 people fewer. Upgrade your tour with an additional excursion to Robben Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.99
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$42.99
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Robben Island Boat Ticket & Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Tour With Hotel Pick Up

Robben Island Boat Ticket & Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Tour With Hotel Pick Up

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Discover Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 he spent in prison and take the Long March to Freedom in a day with both tickets pre-booked in advance. Learn about Nelson Mandela and other political leaders such as Robert Sobukwe and Walter Sisulu's long walk to freedom. Our freedom in South Africa was really a very long walk and we are proud to share with you, our guests, some important facts about our democracy, culture, past, and current history. Enjoy a private tour in a private vehicle and guide, and share the boat with other travelers. Join a small group guided tour on the Island and take real photos with Mandela's statue and many more 499 leaders from Southern Africa and abroad.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.47
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$107.47
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Full Day Walk to Freedom & Robben Island

Full Day Walk to Freedom & Robben Island

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Cape Town’s history and culture are inextricably linked with that of South Africa. From the days of the Khoisan to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck, from the dark days of apartheid to the democratic freedoms enjoyed today, Cape Town has been at the forefront of it all. This tour provides invaluable insight into the issues of human rights in South Africa combined with a tour to Robben Island.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.86
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Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour

Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour

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Take a fascinating trip through South Africa’s difficult past on a tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Visit the District Six Museum to get an in-depth look at the troubling history of apartheid in South Africa, and see how that system still impacts modern life in townships like Langa and Gugulethu. See how residents of these townships work to improve their lives and communities. Take a ferry to UNESCO-listed Robben Island for a tour of the former prison for political prisoners.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.73
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Robben Island Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

Robben Island Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

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Tours to Robben Island typically sell out early every day. Ensure your visit by booking this early-morning guided tour that transfers you from your hotel to the Robben Island Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and then onto the boat to the island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$164.79
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$164.79
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Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour

Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour

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This full-day Cape Town excursion offers two tours wrapped into one. With round-trip transportation from your hotel, part 1 takes you via ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. A bus tour of the island, delivered with intimate detail by a former political prisoner, includes a viewing of Mandela's jail cell. Part 2 returns to Cape Town for a guided city bus tour highlighting all its major monuments and places of interest including a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.52
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$107.52
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Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

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Climb aboard a private helicopter for an unforgettable flight over Cape Town! During this 18-minute helicopter tour, see the majestic Table Mountain from all sides and the natural amphitheater of Cape Town’s City Bowl. Soar over the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of area attractions like the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, and maybe even Robben Island. It’s a thrilling tour of Cape Town.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.83
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$178.83
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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Private Tour

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Private Tour

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Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this full-day tour that includes the Cape of Good Hope, the Boulders Penguin Colony, and Robben Island. Your guide will tailor their commentary on South Africa's heritage to your interests as you travel, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions. Tickets to Robben Island will be booked in advance to ensure your preferred day and time.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.13
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$136.13
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Robben Island & Table Mountain Pre Booked Tickets With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off

Robben Island & Table Mountain Pre Booked Tickets With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off

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Visit the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island to learn about apartheid and see where Mandela and other activists and politicians were incarcerated during the regime. After lunch (own expense), visit Table Mountain and enjoy free time at Bo-Kaap, a neighborhood known for its colorful houses and Cape Malay culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.85
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Township Tour District 6 Museum Robben Island drop off at hotel

Township Tour District 6 Museum Robben Island drop off at hotel

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Embark on a journey that will tug on your heart strings. * Hotel pickups * Visit to District Six Museum - learn about Apartheid, Segregation Laws, Immorality Act etc * Visit Langa, visit a Shebeen, buy handmade ceramics, bead work & local crafts * Township guides who grew up in township is doing the guiding on the tour * See how people used to live and how they have been upgraded with new homes * Return to the Waterfront for quick lunch * Robben Island tour * Back to hotel or stay for dinner at waterfront NOTE: District Six Museum is closed on a Sunday Visit a local community with Church service on a Sunday
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$164.79
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Robben Island return transfers PLUS additional stops at famous spots!!

Robben Island return transfers PLUS additional stops at famous spots!!

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Make a visit to the must-see Robben Island easy and convenient with an included ticket and pickup at your Cape Town CBD hotel. You'll be escorted on the ferry to the island, then climb aboard a bus for a tour. Learn about famous ex-prisoner Nelson Mandela and others sharing stories about their apartheid-era imprisonment via an audio guide. After the boat trip back to the mainland, you're welcome to explore the waterfront on your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.63
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Robben Island Tour Transfers from & to Hotel. Stop at surprising locations!

Robben Island Tour Transfers from & to Hotel. Stop at surprising locations!

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Visit Robben Island, known for its maximum security prison and for being a home to socially unacceptable groups over the past 500 years, for a tour of the manmade facilities. Learn how the island was used to seclude freedom fighters and South African presidents such as Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. The island is also home to many species of birds including the African penguin.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.63
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$157.63
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Path to Freedom Private Tour: District Six, Gugulethu with Robben Island Add-on

Path to Freedom Private Tour: District Six, Gugulethu with Robben Island Add-on

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Although Cape Town is now a modern metropolis, it is impossible to separate this city from its storied past. Learn about the fight for freedom during apartheid, and the injustices that accompanied that journey, on this private half-day tour of District Six and Gugulethu — the neighborhoods at the epicenter of the fight.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.12
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Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour

Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour

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A must visit when touring Cape Town. From panoramic views and activities to where Mandela was imprisoned. Table Mountain and Robben Island.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.49
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$112.49
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Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Full Day Tour

Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Full Day Tour

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Spend a day exploring the iconic Table Mountain and the famous Robben Island prison famed for hosting Nelson Mandela. African Xplora understands that the outbreak of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) raises many questions regarding travelling as well as planning travel in the near future and we recognise the uncertainty this may cause. Many countries have issued preventative responses to the Corona Virus, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut your trip short or cancel it altogether. Rest assured, we are monitoring the situation closely as it evolves and we are following Government travel advice. We will be providing as much assistance as possible. Your safety is our biggest concern.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.21
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4 Day Cape Town Experience Small Group Tour

4 Day Cape Town Experience Small Group Tour

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Planning a multi-day tour of the Cape Peninsula may be logistically challenging, but this tour includes all the highlights and takes care of all the details for you. With an intimate group of just 10 fellow travelers, traverse the area in a comfortable tour vehicle, enjoying the scenery on one of the world's most beautiful drives while your guide takes care of driving and provides engaging narration. Stops include Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope, and the Boulders Penguin Colony. You'll also make stops for wine tastings and cheese pairings in Paarl, Franschoek, and Stellenbosch.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$324.21
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Robben Island Ticket, Kirstenbosch & South African Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Robben Island Ticket, Kirstenbosch & South African Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Cape Town. Enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that showcases nature, wine, and stories of Nelson Mandela’s life. Avoid the hassle of figuring out public transport by having all transfers provided. Travel between attractions in a luxury minibus, and enjoy a ferry trip to Robben Island. Highlights include seeing Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, trying wine in Constantia, and seeing where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.27
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Robben Island, Bo-kaap,Mandela Glasses . Robben Island confirmed 24 hours prior

Robben Island, Bo-kaap,Mandela Glasses . Robben Island confirmed 24 hours prior

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* Pickup from various hotels * Stop at Bo-Kaap Malay quarter and learn about slavery in the Cape * Visit to the famous Nelson Mandela's glasses hear stories of Madiba's visit to this spot * Arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, watch a short story about the Island * See the many posters of an era gone by, the struggle of Apartheid * Say bye to your driver/guide then wait in the queue to board the boat * 30 Minute boat ride to the island * disembark walk to the buses/ a guided tour with Robben Island guide around the island on the bus * Walk to the prison / meet an ex prisoner who will share his stories * see Nelson Mandela's cell 46664 * Return to the boat for 30 minute boat ride back to the mainland * meet your driver/guide for a return to the hotel or stay in the Waterfront for lunch
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.96
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Robben Island and Table Mountain

Robben Island and Table Mountain

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This tour covers 3 of the biggest tourist attractions on offer, called the fairest Cape in the World by none other then that intrepid sailor Sir Francis Drake
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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$219.82
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$219.82
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Group Robben Island 10 guests incl return transfers. late bookings conf 24hrs

Group Robben Island 10 guests incl return transfers. late bookings conf 24hrs

Time permitting, before the Boat Ride to the Island, we take a detour to a famous spot where Madiba used to stand and reflect on his time in prison. Robben Island See Nelson Mandela's cell 46664
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.96
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Robben Island Boat Trip & Museum Half Day Tour with hotel pick up and drop off

Robben Island Boat Trip & Museum Half Day Tour with hotel pick up and drop off

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Robben Island boat trip and museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and is likely to sell out in advance. Secure your shared boat trip and museum tour tickets and skip the ticketing line by booking this tour and receiving return transfers between your hotel and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.35
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$113.35
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Table Mountain and Robben Island

Table Mountain and Robben Island

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Tickets for Robben Island tend to run out and we are here to assist with all we can. Two of Cape Towns best tours combined in a single day, what beautiful way to spend in day in the mother city.
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  • 8 hours
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$256.00
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$256.00

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What are Robben Island hours of operation?
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Robben Island hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Robben Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Robben Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 101 Robben Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Robben Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Robben Island costs USD 32.11. Guided Robben Island tours start around USD 32.11 per person. See all 101 Robben Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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