Daily tours depart by ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront at 09h00, 11h00 and 13h00.
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island about 12 kilometre from Cape Town was a place of banishment. Robben Island was where apartheid regime rulers sent those regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who the island prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.
The ferry takes 30 minutes to the tiny harbour. From there a bus ride takes one to historic places like the kramat, leper graveyard, a church designed by Sir Ebert Baker and the lime quarry where political prisoners endured lengthy hours of though physical labour. Driving along the shipwreck strew coast you can spot some antelope, plentiful seabirds and the lighthouse. The last stop is the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years.