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Robben Island

Robben Island is the UN World Heritage site in Table Bay famous for the imprisonment of the great Nelson Mandela and many other prominent South African anti-apartheid activists and prisoners.

Lying approximately 7km offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, its name is translated as Seal Island from Dutch. It was previously used as a place to isolate prisoners and then as a leper colony.

The island became a museum in 1997 and now scheduled boat trips to Robben Island depart from the V&A Waterfront on a daily basis. Ex-Robben Island prison inmates lead extensive guided tours of the island recounting stories of their time incarcerated and the history of the island.

You can read more by visiting the Robben Island Museum

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Robben Island
Robben Island
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