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Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years—was a place of isolation for nearly three centuries, housing many political prisoners and serving as both an asylum and leprosy colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy.

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Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Tickets.

Robben Island Half Day Tour with Pre-Booked Tickets.

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As one of South Africa’s most visited museums, Robben Island tours are best booked well in advance. This half-day package includes museum admission and round-trip transfer from your Cape Town accommodation, ensuring a hassle-free trip. Learn about the island’s long history from your guide and see the cell that housed Nelson Mandela, then take time to reflect on your voyage back to the mainland.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.93
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$98.93

Robben Island Tour - Hotel Pick-Ups & stops at interesting places pre/post tour

Robben Island Tour - Hotel Pick-Ups & stops at interesting places pre/post tour

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Tours to Robben Island typically sell out early every day. Ensure your visit by booking this early-morning guided tour that transfers you from your hotel to the Robben Island Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and then onto the boat to the island.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$174.86
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$174.86

Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour

Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour

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Take a fascinating trip through South Africa’s difficult past on a tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Visit the District Six Museum to get an in-depth look at the troubling history of apartheid in South Africa, and see how that system still impacts modern life in townships like Langa and Gugulethu. See how residents of these townships work to improve their lives and communities. Take a ferry to UNESCO-listed Robben Island for a tour of the former prison for political prisoners.
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  • 9 hours
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$113.81
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$113.81

Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour

Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour

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This full-day Cape Town excursion offers two tours wrapped into one. With round-trip transportation from your hotel, part 1 takes you via ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. A bus tour of the island, delivered with intimate detail by a former political prisoner, includes a viewing of Mandela's jail cell. Part 2 returns to Cape Town for a guided city bus tour highlighting all its major monuments and places of interest including a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.
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  • 8 hours
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$195.61
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$195.61

Robben Island Tour & Table Mountain guided Tour
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Robben Island Tour & Table Mountain guided Tour

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Make the most of limited time in Cape Town by ticking off two important sights in a day—Robben Island and Table Mountain. After a hotel pickup, set off towards Table Mountain, where you can ride a cable car to the peak. The trip also includes a visit to Robben Island—where you can go on a tour of the island’s historical sights and even visit Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$148.19
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$148.19
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Half-Day Small-Group Township Tour South Africa from Cape Town

Half-Day Small-Group Township Tour South Africa from Cape Town

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Immerse yourself in Cape Town's apartheid-era history on this half-day tour that includes visits to District Six, a local preschool, a local shebeen (pub), and meet a traditional healer. Learn about apartheid and its legacy in South Africa through a guide's enlightening commentary. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere that comes with traveling in a small group of 15 people fewer. Upgrade your tour with an additional excursion to Robben Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.57
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$35.57

Robben Island & Table Mountain Pre Booked Tickets With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off
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Robben Island & Table Mountain Pre Booked Tickets With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off

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Visit the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island to learn about apartheid and see where Mandela and other activists and politicians were incarcerated during the regime. After lunch (own expense), visit Table Mountain and enjoy free time at Bo-Kaap, a neighborhood known for its colorful houses and Cape Malay culture.
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  • 8 hours
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$207.47
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$207.47

Historical Robben Island, Pre-Booked Tickets & Iconic Table Mountain Full Day.

Historical Robben Island, Pre-Booked Tickets & Iconic Table Mountain Full Day.

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Robben Island museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and is likely to sell out in advance. Embark on a unique opportunity to take the long walk to freedom in the historical footsteps of former President Nelson Mandela. See the prison cell that held & incarcerated him for 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment. Listen to the true-life experiences on the island as told by ex-political prisoners who will give you a live guided tour of the island. Then the breathtaking view of Cape Town city, Table Mountain. one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa and one of the new World's seven wonders of nature, very rich in floral biodiversity, which is home to 8 200 and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom world heritage site. Take a cableway cart and experience the beauty of Mother City from the far top. Continue to Bo-Kaap, Company Gardens, St George,s Cathedral church, and Groote Kerk.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.70
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$106.70

Cape Town - Table Mountain and Robben Island Private Tour including City Stops

Cape Town - Table Mountain and Robben Island Private Tour including City Stops

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This tour allows you to explore the rich history paired with the most breathe-taking scenery that Cape Town has to offer. Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site as the buildings on the island are a reminder of its sad history however the same buildings also show the power of the human spirit, freedom and the victory of democracy over oppression. A real heart warming experience. Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent natural landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. In between these stops, your guide will show you the in's and out's of our beautiful city. Explore through the lens of a local. We look forward to hosting you!
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.57
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$51.57

Cape Town Boat Trip

Cape Town Boat Trip

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This boat trip is a great pick for travelers interested in accessing stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town skyline. Set off into the ocean and enjoy panoramic views of Clifton beaches, Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles, Sea Point, and Table Mountain. As an added bonus, the route visits a place where whales and dolphins have been spotted before, so you may get to enjoy wildlife sightings too.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.41
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Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

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Climb aboard a private helicopter for an unforgettable flight over Cape Town! During this 18-minute helicopter tour, see the majestic Table Mountain from all sides and the natural amphitheater of Cape Town’s City Bowl. Soar over the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of area attractions like the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, and maybe even Robben Island. It’s a thrilling tour of Cape Town.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.83
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$177.83

Robben Island tour with additional stops at famous spots!!

Robben Island tour with additional stops at famous spots!!

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Make a visit to the must-see Robben Island easy and convenient with an included ticket and pickup at your Cape Town CBD hotel. You'll be escorted on the ferry to the island, then climb aboard a bus for a tour. Learn about famous ex-prisoner Nelson Mandela and others sharing stories about their apartheid-era imprisonment via an audio guide. After the boat trip back to the mainland, you're welcome to explore the waterfront on your own.
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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
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$174.86
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Robben Island Tour Transfers from & to Hotel. Stop at surprising locations!

Robben Island Tour Transfers from & to Hotel. Stop at surprising locations!

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Visit Robben Island, known for its maximum security prison and for being a home to socially unacceptable groups over the past 500 years, for a tour of the manmade facilities. Learn how the island was used to seclude freedom fighters and South African presidents such as Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. The island is also home to many species of birds including the African penguin.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$157.08
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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Private Tour

Robben Island Tickets, Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Private Tour

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Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this full-day tour that includes the Cape of Good Hope, the Boulders Penguin Colony, and Robben Island. Your guide will tailor their commentary on South Africa's heritage to your interests as you travel, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions. Tickets to Robben Island will be booked in advance to ensure your preferred day and time.
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  • 8 hours
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$177.83
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$177.83

Robben Island Tour
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Robben Island Tour

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A must-visit when in Cape Town. Robben Island is filled with a rich 500-year-old multi-layered history. The Island represents an important aspect of South Africa's. Please Note: When booking, please provide us with the following: - A passport or ID(for South African citizens) number - An emergency contact number This information is purely for SAMSA compliance and will not be shared with anyone other than the Master of the ferry for Robben Island. Incase the weather does not permit for the tour to take place, you can reschedule for another day. Should you need a pick up/drop off, there will be an extra cost of R250.00.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$53.35
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Robben Island Half Day Tour with Diamond Museum experience

Robben Island Half Day Tour with Diamond Museum experience

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This half-day tour is a great choice for time-tight travelers who want to tick off the Cape Diamond Museum and Robben Island in a day. Save time planning transport and benefit from having round-trip hotel transfers and return boat tickets included. First, learn about the secrets of producing diamonds at the Cape Diamond Museum, then enjoy a guided tour of the Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela’s former cell.
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  • 5 hours
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$174.86
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$174.86

Township Tour District 6 Museum Robben Island drop off at hotel

Township Tour District 6 Museum Robben Island drop off at hotel

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Explore District Six and learn about the cultural significance of the region before visiting Robben Island. Walk through the District Six Museum to learn about the history of the neighborhood implications of Apartheid in South Africa. Visit the local markets to see handmade crafts. Take a boat over to Robben Island and explore the old maximum-security prison that once held Nelson Mandela.
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  • 9 hours
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$174.86
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$174.86

Robben Island tour Return transfers PLUS famous stops before or after tour

Robben Island tour Return transfers PLUS famous stops before or after tour

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Return Transfers included from Cape Town City Centre hotels or Sea Point hotels ( your guide will escort you to the boat only and not board the boat) * Board the boat to Robben Island wait in a long queue as there are up to 190 persons on board boat * Disembark at Robben island & walk to buses. * There is a Robben Island guide on the bus for a tour around the Island * See Nelson Mandela's cell * Time to listen to ex prisoner sharing stories of time in prison during apartheid era please note English is the guide's 2nd language *** Boat trip back to Mainland **** Please put on sun screen Take a jacket as it gets windy sometimes Sea sick tablets is advised if guests are prone to being sea sick Wear comfortable clothing and shoes 15 maximum on minibus 190 maximum on boat We ALSO take our travelers to unique spots either before the tour or after the Robben Island tour, this is a surprise! :) and an extra value to the guests
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$159.45
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$159.45

Robben Island Boat Ticket & Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Tour With Hotel Pick Up

Robben Island Boat Ticket & Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Tour With Hotel Pick Up

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Maximize your time in Cape Town, and see two important attractions in a day—”The Long March to Freedom” sculptural display and Robben Island Museum. Avoid long queues at ticket offices, and instead, benefit from the perk of having tickets pre-booked, as well as transportation between sites. First, see over 500 bronze statues that represent South Africa’s journey to freedom. Then, board a boat to Robben Island to visit Robben Island Museum and learn about Nelson Mandela’s time in prison.
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  • 6 hours
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$177.83
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Full Day Walk to Freedom & Robben Island

Full Day Walk to Freedom & Robben Island

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Cape Town’s history and culture are inextricably linked with that of South Africa. From the days of the Khoisan to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck, from the dark days of apartheid to the democratic freedoms enjoyed today, Cape Town has been at the forefront of it all. This tour provides invaluable insight into the issues of human rights in South Africa combined with a tour to Robben Island.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.88
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Robben Island, Bo-kaap,Mandela Glasses . Robben Island confirmed 24 hours prior

Robben Island, Bo-kaap,Mandela Glasses . Robben Island confirmed 24 hours prior

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* Pickup from various hotels * Stop at Bo-Kaap Malay quarter and learn about slavery in the Cape * Visit to the famous Nelson Mandela's glasses hear stories of Madiba's visit to this spot * Arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, * See the many posters of an era gone by, the struggle of Apartheid * Say bye to your driver/guide then wait in the queue to board the boat * 30 Minute boat ride to the island * disembark walk to the buses/ a guided tour with Robben Island guide around the island on the bus * Walk to the prison / meet an ex prisoner who will share his stories * see Nelson Mandela's cell 46664 * Return to the boat for 30 minute boat ride back to the mainland * meet your driver/guide for a return to the hotel or stay in the Waterfront for lunch
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$160.05
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$160.05

Robben Island Nelson Mandela's Prison Museum and Table Mountain Plus All Tickets

Robben Island Nelson Mandela's Prison Museum and Table Mountain Plus All Tickets

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This tour provides the traveler with a rare opportunity of visiting two very popular attractions which have significantly contributed towards South Africa being the leading African tourist destination. Robben Island declared a world heritage site in 1999 by UNESCO. The former prison of World Statesman Nelson Mandela, two other political prisoners cum South African Presidents. Former Political prisoners in the apartheid era were also imprisoned here but now a place visited by over 306 912 visitors (according to the 2018/19 stats) Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the new seven wonders of Nature on the 2 of December 2012. And is the only one of the new seven wonders of nature in a city no wonder why over 1 161 206 visitors visited this iconic landscape (as per 2018/19 statistics).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.76
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$183.76

Table Mountain and Robben Island

Table Mountain and Robben Island

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Tick off two of Cape Town’s most famous sights—Table Mountain and Robben Island—without having to worry about organizing tickets and transport, thanks to this hassle-free private tour. After getting picked up from your chosen location, travel to Table Mountain and ride a cable car to the top. The package also includes ferry tickets to Robben Island—where you can visit the Robben Island Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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$325.00
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$325.00

Visit To Robben Island Nelson Mandela Prison Museum + Ferry Tickets H/D

Visit To Robben Island Nelson Mandela Prison Museum + Ferry Tickets H/D

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Travelers should book this tour as it is a very informative and provides a lot of information about the social ills in South Africa. A lot of history is learnt on this tour especially with regards to the fight for freedom of South Africa. This is a tour where information is provided by people who lived the experience and not guides who had to study to acquire the necessary qualifications. The Guides here are ex-political prisoners and ex wardens who either worked or were imprisoned at the same time with political prisoners like Nelson Mandela. There are multi-layers of history which tells travelers of the ills of apartheid and how the current regime is trying to create an environment of inclusivity. There is a rare opportunity for travelers to visit the former cell of Nelson Mandela and even take photos.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.19
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$148.19

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What are Robben Island hours of operation?
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Robben Island hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Robben Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Robben Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Robben Island 2023?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Robben Island costs USD 47.42. Guided Robben Island tours start around USD 47.42 per person.