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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Big Bay 219 Provence

Big Bay 219 Provence

Featuring a garden with an outdoor pool, Big Bay 219 Provence is an apartment situated in Bloubergstrand, 300 metres from Seaside Village Shopping Centre. The apartment is 1.1 km from Eerstesteen. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$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 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Plattekloof Residence | Island Letting

Plattekloof Residence | Island Letting

Plattekloof Residence | Island Letting is located in Plattekloof, 700 metres from Tygerberg Hiking trails and 800 metres from Tygerberg Hill Viewpoint. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include views of the mountain or garden. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Set in the green Constantia area of Cape Town, the Grenadilla modern holiday apartment offers two studios and an outdoor pool. Shops, restaurants, gym and tennis courts can be reached on foot. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Rothesay 24

Rothesay 24

Rothesay 24 is situated in Bloubergstrand, 500 metres from West Coast Village Shopping Centre and 800 metres from Joshua Generation Church (Sunningdale). Free private parking is available on site. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable... Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Signal Hill Lodge

Signal Hill Lodge

Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill Nature Reserve, overlooking Cape Town’s historical Bo-Kaap district. It features an outdoor pool with terrace and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $126

$84-
River Lodge

River Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool and views of the mountain, River Lodge is situated in Cape Town. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Certain units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Harmony Cottage

Harmony Cottage

Harmony Cottage is a luxury 1-bedroom cottage situated in Durbanville and within 10 minutes' drive from golf courses and vinyards. Tyger Valley Centre is 2 km away. Free WiFi is available. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

$84-
Eighteen Coral Apartment

Eighteen Coral Apartment

Situated in Kalkoond, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The property is 3.4 km from Cabrinha Kiteboarding and free private parking is offered. The kitchen is fitted with an oven, a microwave and a toaster, as well as a kettle. Average score from 14 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 14 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 10 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

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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-
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 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86

$86-
Royal Atlantic

Royal Atlantic

Featuring an indoor pool and BBQ facilities, Royal Atlantic offers self-catering accommodation in the centre of Sea Point, 230 metres from the coast. Cape Town Stadium is 2.5 km away. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86

$86-
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 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $69

$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 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $120

$86-

Highlighted Interests:

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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.
Other Interests:
Natural
Wildlife and Plants

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