Guided tour

Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

From £80.37 per person

On this tour you will visit different townships and the prison Mandela was incarcerated, giving you an overview of Mandela´s struggle against Apartheid and its effects. It will also disclose how those affected continue to struggle for a better life today.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels in Cape Town city center, waterfront, and areas on the Atlantic seaboard including Camps Bay.
Wheelchair accessible


7.5 hours
  • Cape Town

  • District Six

  • 30 minutes
  • Langa

  • Bonteheuwel

  • Gugulethu

  • V&A Waterfront (lunch)

    • Optional
  • Robben Island

  • V&A Waterfront

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
End point
  • Visit the most important townships of Cape Town
  • See Robben Island Prison where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in prison
  • Visit the Gugulethu Seven Memorial
  • See the Amy Biehl Memorial in the Gugulethu Township
  • Have lunch on the V&A waterfront
Full description

Discover some of the most notable townships of Cape Town, learning about the struggle against Apartheid. Then visit the infamous Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his 27-year incarceration.

Start the tour at the historical site of District Six, where inhabitants were forcibly removed according to the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the Apartheid era. From there move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these townships and how they affected everyday life.

Make your way to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. Break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. After lunch, hop on the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a guided tour of the infamous maximum-s.ecurity prison and see Nelson Mandela's cell. After exploring the island you will be taken back to the V&A Waterfront by ferry, where the tour ends

  • Vehicle and driver guide
  • Return Ferry tickets to Robben Island
  • Guided tour of Robben Island
  • A visit to Nelson Mandela's cell
  • Fuel
  • Passenger liability insurance cover
  • Lunch
  • Return transfer to hotel at the end of the tour
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note some venues may not be available over weekends. Robben Island tickets are subject to availability.
  • Please provide the passport or ID number for all participants to complete the booking. South African citizens do not need to provide a passport number but must provide ID number and date of birth
  • All passengers must then bring this identification document with them on the tour (passport, birth certificate or drivers licence). Copies are accepted.
  • Tickets for the ferry to Robben Island are subject to weather conditions and availability. Every attempt will be made to book you on the 1:00 PM ferry, but if it is not available you will be booked on the 3:00 PM or 5:00 PM ferry. In this case, you will be dropped off at your hotel and asked to make your way to the harbor at the right time.
  • Rescheduling the tour date is possible, but subject to availability. If available, tickets can be rescheduled but a penalty fee of 65 ZAR per ticket will have to be paid in cash on the spot.
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4.4 /5

based on 384 reviews

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This was one of the best trips I have ever done! Me and my sister went on the township/Robyn island tour and it was such a good day. Our tour guides were so knowledgeable about the South African history and taught us so many things we did not know and were shocked by. It was so nice to be able to go into their township and be welcomed the way we were and see what life there is like. 10/10 for everything !!

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21 January 2020

A wonderful experience that allows you to start to understand the modern day history and culture of South Africa. Obviously its still very different from our values and beliefs but it was important and allowed us to put into perspective what was happening around us throughout the rest of our 3 week holiday. Although we were not fully comfortable with societal structure, it gave us hope that things are changing for the better. Robben Island was great but again different from what we expected and gave a viewpoint of hope and moving forward which was great but perhaps didn't give you a true feeling of how brutal the prison was when it was in existence. Overall a great trip and would recommend, but its a harsh reality check on what Apartheid still means today and the impact on the people within the Townships.

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9 November 2019

Emotionally Thought Provoking

An amazing experience bringing alive the news stories of our youth. The guide, an ex prisoner explaining in detail the daily hardships and torture endured at the hands of a brutal regime. We watched it from afar all those years ago and today it came to life - a must see for those who crave understanding and education.

6 October 2019

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