One thing I knew I wanted to do in Cape Town was tour Robben Island. During my first trip to CT, I didn’t heed the warnings to buy my ticket in advance, so I was out of luck for getting out to the island. Bad weather, which is not uncommon in windy CT, can shut down the trip because choppy waters do not make for safe boat rides. This time around, however, we were prepared and bought out tickets well in advance. The only thing that could ruin it was if we chose a bad weather day. Luckily, for us, the weather cooperated fully with blue skies and warm weather! Hooray. Once on the island we were told that the weather for the previous 5 days had been total shite causing the boats to be canceled and no one to be able to tour the island. Cape Town, you do love me. Thus, this time around, we got to go out to Robben Island for a day of history.
Robben is located about 7 km away from the mainland and is most famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for fighting against the apartheid regime. There is more to Robben Island though that you can only experience by touring the island. Some tidbits of Robben Island include:
- Nelson Mandela was on this island for 18 of his 27 year sentence.
- All the prison guides on the island are former inmates, which is unbelievably interesting and a unique way to tour a prison.
- There is a tiny village on the island and previously kids used to even go to school on the island.
- Penguins live on the island and some other wildlife although I only saw a tiny steenbok.
- Robben Island has been a place for prisoners since the late 17th century.
- Robben Island was also a former leper colony.
- During World War II, the island was fortified with massive guns although the guns were never used.
Enough talk, the photos of Robben Island can tell the tale much more thoroughly.
Check out all my photos of Robben Island here.