About Robben Island, South Africa
Robben Island in South Africa is one of the best tourist destinations. Robben Island is also called as Robbeneiland by African people. It is about 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Capital of South Africa. The Robben Islands are also nicknamed as “seal island.” The satellite view of these islands is egg-shaped with an area covering of 5.07 km² and few meters above from the sea level. These Islands were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site and also as National Heritage site for South Africa.
History of Robben Islands
Robben Islands is one of the best tourist spot in South Africa to visit, and it has a very long history. The tale of Robben Island began in Sixteen hundred fifty-two (1652) when Jan van Riebeeck landed in Cape Town on orders from the Dutch East Indian Company to set a post where boats could harbour on the way to the East. He later used it as a place for criminals.
Nobel Prize winner and late president of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years before the fall of apartheid. The other personalities like Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma-current President of South Africa were also jailed in Robben Islands, and hence for visitors, it starts with Nelson Mandela Gateway.
Best places to visit in Robben Islands
There are many sites to visit in Robben islands. The Prison Museum, Penguin Sanctuary, Lepers Graveyard, etc.. are some of the best places to visit in the Islands. When you land in the city y your way to the V&A Waterfront where you’ll find a booking office at the ‘Nelson Mandela Gateway.’ The visitors mainly prefer boat trip from V&A Waterfront in Robben Islands.
Prison No. 7: This Prison is the home for Mandela for 18 years where he spent his long life. The guide will allow you take photographs of this prison for tourists. It is one of the remarkable landmarks of Robben Islands.
Penguin Sanctuary: It is one of the best fun places to visit where you can see a huge number of Penguins, and it is the best place to visit for wildlife enthusiasts.
Lepers Graveyard: It is the old graveyard which is formed a few centuries ago where you can see the number of tombs, and it is an interesting place for archaeologists.
The Prison Museum: It became the best tourist attractions in the World for Historians because it is the place where you can find some things of about Mandela and his followers.
Robben Island weather
Weather in Robben Islands is cloudy most of the days. The temperature varies from 23°C to 31°C during the sunny days. During the winter seasons massive storms may occur, and hence utmost care must be taken if plan to visit during the winter times.
How to reach Robben Islands
When you plan vacation tours in Cape Town visit Robben Islands. You can reach quickly to Robben islands by boats and ferries. Here you can avail a plenty of waterfront boat trips to Robben Island which is an amazing experience. There are some ferries to Robben Islands which can be available low prices. Boat trip to these Islands is fantastic experience when you visit these South African islands.
Robben Island entrance fee and timings
The entrance fee to Robben Island is around (South African Rand) R300 for adults and R160 for children. You have the ticket cancellation facility within the 14 days of prior of your tour and cancellation charge will be R50 per ticket.
Timings to visit Nelson Mandela Gateway will be from 07:30 to 18:00 every day. But however, due some conditions visitors are limited to only 1800 members allowed to visit in a day.
Accommodation in Robben Islands
Robben Islands are very near to Cape Town. This city is the capital of South Africa has number luxurious hotels for the tourists serving round the clock. Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Hilton Cape Town City Centre are some of the cheap and best hotels in providing excellent accommodation in Robben islands for the tourists.