Robben Island is internationally known for the fact that Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was held prisoner on the island for 18 of his 27 years of incarceration. After the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, it became a popular tourist destination for those wishing to explore the prisons and in fact, many of the guides on the island are former inmates of the prison.
Taking a tour
There is quite a large demand to be given a first-hand experience of the prisons by its former residents and it is important to book well in advance if possible, especially during the summer months. Tickets can be purchased at Nelson Mandela Gateway on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Tickets tend to cost around R150 for an adult and around R75 for a child.
The Nelson Mandela Gateway
It is advised to arrive at least 20 minutes before your ferry departs as there is an interesting exhibit in the Gateway itself that you won’t want to miss.
The ferry ride
The ferry ride to Robben Island is quick at only 30 minutes, however it can become quite rough and choppy. If you are someone who tends to suffer from seasickness, there is plenty of room on the top deck to catch some fresh air. Be careful as it can also be quite windy. Refreshments such as drinks and snacks are available on board.
The bus tour
The bus tour is the first part of the tour around the island. Here you will find where many of the prisoners toiled and laboured in the limestone quarries. It is interesting to note that some of the more educated inmates would operate a small “university” here, teaching other inmates how to read and write.
Accident on Robben Island?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been dealing with all areas of personal injury compensation for over 14 years now, including accidents on holiday. If you are travelling to Robben Island, Accident Advice Helpline would, first and foremost, like to wish you a safe and pleasant journey. However, we know all too well that accidents can occur at any time or any place and we’re here to help. If you are the victim of an accident that isn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim travel accident compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice