Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robbeneiland) is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It takes its name from the Dutch word for seals (robben), hence the Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland, which translates to Seal(s) Island.
Robben Island is roughly oval in shape, 3.3 kilometres (2 miles) long north–south, and 1.9 km (1+1⁄8 mi) wide, with an area of 5.08 km2 (1+31⁄32 sq mi). It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. It was fortified and used as a prison from the late-seventeenth century until 1996, after the end of apartheid.
Jơana dơѕ Sanтơѕ | Jun 19, 2018
Spent a week looking, everyday, from the balcony far away, gaining courage to step Robben Island. When finally did all the history is passed by former prisoners, the empowerment narrative caught me as one of the most powerful experiences at the island. Mr. Mandela cell is other milestone there. The ferry travel to the island itself is gorgeous.
Zaim Jee | Jul 13, 2018
I had learned an important history while visiting and it is must visit place to see how Mandela spent 18 years
Mayen Ekpo | Jun 11, 2018
A landmark of history of the South African people. To go you must book tickets online or get from pick and pay. Then you get yo yhe V&A waterftont to board a ferry to the Island. Once there a bus takes you around the island. It's a quaint little place where the wardens of the political prisoners lived and worked. We had a great tour guide. And one of the other tour guides was a prisoner himself. Caught so many feels. That's just life. A good place to learn much about South African freedom fighters..
Jesse Gillis | May 10, 2018
This place is an integral part of South African history, definitely a tourist hotspots and well worth a visit if you haven’t done it, you can catch a ferry from the waterfront and get there in under 40 minutes. Probably a little boring for children, Although it is definitely possible to take the family out for the day
Noah Pieterse | Jun 23, 2018
our very own azkaban. seriously though, until you have visited this place you will not get a true sense of the mandela story. left me emotional, deffo go
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