Robben Island

Robben Island, photo by Harvey Barrison
Robben Island (photo by Harvey Barrison)
 

Robben Island lies off the Western Cape of South Africa, about 7 miles (12 km) from Cape Town harbor.

The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site most famous as a former political prison from apartheid days. Among its most famous prisoners are Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

The island and boat trip there are quite scenic. In addition to prison tours and a museum, it is possible to visit an African penguin colony on the island.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Trixie Self Catering Two Bedroom Apartment

Trixie Self Catering Two Bedroom Apartment

Trixie Self Catering 3-Bedroom Apartment offers accommodation in Parow and features a year-round outdoor pool and a BBQ. Located within 9 minutes of N1 City, free WiFi is offered and free private parking is provided. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Ocean View Apartment

Ocean View Apartment

Situated in Bloubergstrand, Ocean View Apartment offers accommodation within a 10-minute walk of the beach. This property boasts views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Azure 11

Azure 11

Located in Bloubergstrand, this apartment is 100 metres from Intercare Clinic. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Dolphin Inn Guesthouse

Dolphin Inn Guesthouse

This Cape Town guest house offers a prime location in Mouille Point overlooking Table Bay. The spacious, seafront accommodation provides an opportunity for breakfast on your private balcony or walk the promenade for many restaurants. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $126

$84-
Daddy Long Legs Self Catering Apartments

Daddy Long Legs Self Catering Apartments

Ideally situated nearby Table Bay Harbour, on Cape Town's Long Street, Daddy Long Legs offer modern self-catering apartments close to many wonderful cafés and clubs. Daddy Long Legs provides stylish, self-catering, fully furnished apartments. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $135

$84-
Afri-Khaya

Afri-Khaya

Located in Durbanville, Afri-Khaya One Bedroom Apartment offers an outdoor pool and a private garden. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. The property is 400 m from Durbanville Golf Club. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Mina Accommodation

Mina Accommodation

Located in Blouberg, Mina Accommodation offers an outdoor pool. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. The property is 9.6 km from Robben Island and 600 metres from Bloubergstrand. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
The Blue House Guesthouse

The Blue House Guesthouse

Offering an outdoor pool, The Blue House Guesthouse is located in Cape Town. Free WiFi access is available. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a TV and a seating area. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

Ideally situated on Cape Town's Long Street, Daddy Long Legs is an alternative hotel experience, featuring innovative design that stimulates the senses. Staying in Daddy Long Legs Hotel is like being part of an interactive art exhibition. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $74

$84-
Midtown Rentals at Mobema

Midtown Rentals at Mobema

Located 300 metres from Vredehoek Library, Midtown Rentals at Mobema offers accommodation in Cape Town. Midtown Rentals at Mobema boasts views of the mountain and is 400 metres from Wembley Square. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Homestead Villas

Homestead Villas

Nestled next to Tygerberg Nature Reserve against the slopes of Tygerberg Hills, Homestead Villas offers modern suites with LCD TV and features an outdoor swimming pool and lounge. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85 - $137

$85-
Cape Standard Guest House

Cape Standard Guest House

Offering boutique-style accommodation at affordable rates, this guest house is close to Clifton Beach and Cape Town's city centre and impresses with its stylish interior. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85 - $136

$85-
Rosedene Lodge

Rosedene Lodge

Situated in central Sea Point, Rosedene Lodge is close to Cape Town city centre. It features modern rooms opening onto the terrace or the garden, and an outdoor pool. Rosedene Lodge offers contemporary decorated rooms with wooden furniture. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85 - $120

$85-
51 on Forest Drive

51 on Forest Drive

Set in the leafy suburb of Pinelands 10km from the centre of Cape Town, 51 on Forest Drive is a duplex apartment. Guests have access to an outdoor pool and BBQ facilities. Free WiFi is available. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $69

$86-
Armia 7 Apartment

Armia 7 Apartment

Armia 7 Apartment is located in Sea Point, 1 km walk from the Promenade and it features a patio with partial sea views of the Atlantic Ocean. The elegant apartment is fully equipped with a living area and flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86

$86-
Seacliffe Lodge

Seacliffe Lodge

Our lodge is beautifully situated close to the waters’ edge and beautiful beach, overlooking the sea and working harbour with unforgettable panoramic mountain views. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $78

$86-
The Sir David Boutique Guest House

The Sir David Boutique Guest House

Offering panoramic views across Table Bay and Robben island, The Sir David Boutique Guest House is situated just 40 metres from Small Bay Beach. This 4-star property boasts a heated swimming pool and BBQ facilities. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $120

$86-

Highlights:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Historic Prison of Nelson Mandela and Others

The tour consists of a guided bus tour around the island, before meeting a former political prisoner for a tour of the prison area. The island itself is quite scenic, with African penguins usually seen on the tour. The bus tour stops to allow you to take in the view, and buy a snack. Tours run several times per day, seven days a week from the Nelson Mandela Gateway near the clock tower at the V&A Waterfront.
Museums
Combination
Boat Tours
The boat tour from Cape Town to the island is quite scenic, but typically windy and cool, so dress accordingly.
Also of Interest:
Natural
Wildlife and Plants

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