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In 1964, an anti-apartheid revolutionary named Nelson Mandela was arrested and brought to South Africa’s Robben Island, just west of Cape Town. He would spend the next 18 years imprisoned in an 8x7-foot cell, forced to do hard labor, and permitted only one visitor a year. Even so, Mandela went on to become his country’s first black president, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and known globally for his significant contributions to human rights and social justice.

Robben Island—where most of Mandela’s 27-year prison sentence was served—was a place of isolation for nearly 300 years, housing many political prisoners and serving as both a lunatic asylum and leper colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy. Read on to learn more about how to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Cape Town Helicopter scenic flight

Cape Town Helicopter scenic flight

Scenic Cape Peninsula Helicopter Ride Departing from the Waterfront we route along the coastline passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. After Hout Bay you will get a great view of the famous Chapman’s’ Peak Drive, which we follow until reaching Noordhoek Beach. At Noordhoek we turn inland and route for False Bay and the town of Fish Hoek. From here we start routing back, passing Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Tokai, the Constantia Winelands, Newlands Cricket & Rugby Stadiums, University of Cape Town, Grooteschuur Hospital and finally the Cape Town Docks where we start our descent for the Waterfront Helipads. Duration: +/- 25minutes – 30 minutes Our Helicopters are: 4 seaters including pilot 5 seaters including pilot Everyone has a window seat
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD307.70
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Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Full Day Tour

Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Full Day Tour

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Spend a day exploring the iconic Table Mountain and the famous Robben Island prison famed for hosting Nelson Mandela. African Xplora understands that the outbreak of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) raises many questions regarding travelling as well as planning travel in the near future and we recognise the uncertainty this may cause. Many countries have issued preventative responses to the Corona Virus, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut your trip short or cancel it altogether. Rest assured, we are monitoring the situation closely as it evolves and we are following Government travel advice. We will be providing as much assistance as possible. Your safety is our biggest concern.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD160.50
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Cape Town Boat Trip

Cape Town Boat Trip

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Cape Town activity at its best. On this boat trip we guarantee you the best possible views of Table Mountain and the Mother City. Get to see marine wildlife in their natural surroundings. Very often the friendly husky dolphins tend to play and follow the boat. During whale season you will be awed by the sightings of whales in the bay. The Clifton & Camps Bay boat trip is a true way to relax yet have fun at the time. Our guides are friendly and knowledgeable. If you require a translator, please message us and we will do our best to arrange for a translator (please note that this may incur additional costs).
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  • 1 hour
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USD32.62
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Robben Island prison tour and Langa Township Shared Full Day Tour

Robben Island prison tour and Langa Township Shared Full Day Tour

UNESCO–listed Robben Island and the Langa township offer unrivalled insight into South African’s past, with stories of apartheid hardship and success in the face of adversity—but visiting without a guide means missing out on the hidden history. With round-trip travel from your Cape Town hotel included, discover sites of interest including Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and mingle with the locals in the Langa township. Along the way, see how educational programs are bringing new skills to the youth.
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  • 8 hours
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USD188.79
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Robben Island Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

Robben Island Tour with Hotel Pick-Up

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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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  • 4 hours
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USD165.09
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 Robben Island Prison Museum and Cape Town City Tour-Full day

Robben Island Prison Museum and Cape Town City Tour-Full day

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This is a great tour which brings the tourist face to face with history, nature and sightseeing opportunities. Experience the life of World Statesman Nelson Mandela during his 18 years of imprisonment at the world heritage site Robben Island as part of his 27 years in prison. Climb the Table Mountain - voted one of the new 7 world wonders in 2012, attracts 800 000 visitors annually. Experience Cape culture at Bo-Kaap that has bright coloured houses as a celebration of their freedom from slavery. The first residents arrived from Indonesia, Java, Malaysia and other parts of Asia. It is also a heritage site. The Company Gardens has a rich history, it has also has museums like the Slave Lodge, the Iziko South African Museum, the Planetarium. The S.A. Art gallery, the Cape Town Holocaust centre, St Georges Cathedral. There is also amazing fauna and flora. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest standing colonial building in South Africa.
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  • 8 hours
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Robben Island & Table Mountain Pre Booked Tickets With Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off

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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USD129.20
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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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Robben island boat trip and museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Visitors can take advantage of return ferry boat trips to and from the V&A Waterfront; Experience a guided tour of Robben Island Maximum Security Prison with an ex-political prisoner and take the Long March to Freedom in the historical footsteps of former president Nelson Mandela;
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  • 5 hours
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Robben Island return transfers PLUS additional stops at famous spots!!

Robben Island return transfers PLUS 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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  • 4 hours
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USD143.56
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Group Robben Island 10 guests incl return transfers. late bookings conf 24hrs

Group Robben Island 10 guests incl return transfers. late bookings conf 24hrs

Time permitting, before the Boat Ride to the Island, we take a detour to a famous spot where Madiba used to stand and reflect on his time in prison. Robben Island See Nelson Mandela's cell 46664
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  • 4 hours
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USD172.27
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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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USD136.38
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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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USD179.16
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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
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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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USD107.72
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2-Day Cape Town Highlights private tour - Robben Island & Table Mountain

2-Day Cape Town Highlights private tour - Robben Island & Table Mountain

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Travelers who want to see all the Cape Town highlights but only have two days in the city can make the most of their time by choosing this private tour. Combining natural attractions, culture, and history, this tour takes you to all the top sights without wasting time waiting on other tourists on a group tour. Plus, private transportation and a personal guide ensure you don’t have to worry about logistics.
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  • 2 days
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USD394.78
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 Robben Island Prison Museum and Township Tour-Full Day

Robben Island Prison Museum and Township Tour-Full Day

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On this tour, you will learn finer details of the history of world statesman Nelson Mandela, His imprisonment and life at Robben Island for 18 years of his 27 years. You will also interact face to face with those still living under the inhumane effects of apartheid during the Langa leg of the tour. Despite attaining independence in 1994, many blacks are still living in shacks and delipidated houses.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD153.13
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Cape Town City Tour

Cape Town City Tour

Come and explore, re-live and breathe in all the sights, sounds and rich cultural history - as well as breathtaking scenery - of this extraordinary city! Experience famous landmarks and museums, including (but not limited to) the Castle of Good Hope, the Bo-Kaap, the Company's Gardens, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront, and a variety of museums like the District Six museum. A few optional extras that we may visit - replacing a museum and/or historical walking tour - include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the world famous Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, the Robben Island Museum, a Township Tour, or a combination of those experiences. Lunch can be booked at a venue of choice, either at the Waterfront, in the city, or as part of an interactive Cape Malay cooking class in the Bo-Kaap (lunch is for own account). Pricing levels may vary according to specification, and given as guidelines only.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD125.61
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Half day Robben Island Tour.

Half day Robben Island Tour.

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Robben Island boat trip and museum tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and is likely to sell out in advance. Secure your shared boat trip and museum tour tickets and skip the ticketing line by booking this tour and receiving return transfers between your hotel and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Embark on a unique opportunity to take the Long March to Freedom in the historical footsteps of former President of South Africa - Nelson Mandela. See the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela incarcerated 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. This is one of the most enlightening tours you will ever experience in South Africa.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD96.90
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Small-Group Robben Island and Cape Town Full-Day Tour

Small-Group Robben Island and Cape Town Full-Day Tour

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This small-group full-day tour of Cape Town combines history and culture with epic scenery, ensuring that you make the most out of your stay. Travel by minivan from your hotel to catch the cable car up Table Mountain for sweeping views of the city. Head back down for lunch then continue on to Robben Island in the afternoon to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD301.47
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Full Day Robben Island and Table Mountain Tour from Cape Town

Full Day Robben Island and Table Mountain Tour from Cape Town

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Combine a boat trip to Robben Island, an cable car ascent of Table Mountain, and a tour of Bo-Kaap on this full-day tour in Cape Town. Visit two of the city's UNESCO World Heritage sites to learn about the country's and city's culture and history. Guided tour of Nelson Mandela's site of incarceration in Robben Island, cable car fare up Table Mountain, and lunch on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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USD235.99
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Robben Island Ticket, Kirstenbosch & South African Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Robben Island Ticket, Kirstenbosch & South African Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Cape Town. Enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that showcases nature, wine, and stories of Nelson Mandela’s life. Avoid the hassle of figuring out public transport by having all transfers provided. Travel between attractions in a luxury minibus, and enjoy a ferry trip to Robben Island. Highlights include seeing Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, trying wine in Constantia, and seeing where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island.
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  • 8 hours
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USD132.52
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 Robben Island Prison Museum and Table Mountain - Full day

Robben Island Prison Museum and Table Mountain - Full day

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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
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4 Day Cape Town Experience Small Group Tour

4 Day Cape Town Experience Small Group Tour

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Planning a multi-day tour of the Cape Peninsula may be logistically challenging, but this tour includes all the highlights and takes care of all the details for you. With an intimate group of just 10 fellow travelers, traverse the area in a comfortable tour vehicle, enjoying the scenery on one of the world's most beautiful drives while your guide takes care of driving and provides engaging narration. Stops include Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope, and the Boulders Penguin Colony. You'll also make stops for wine tastings and cheese pairings in Paarl, Franschoek, and Stellenbosch.
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  • 4 days
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Robben Island Heritage & Table Mountain Tour

Robben Island Heritage & Table Mountain Tour

Marvel at the views of Cape Town from the Table Mountain that is flanked by the Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west and a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds a rich biodiversity, a part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax patrol the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic are breathtaking. Trace the footsteps of Mandela at the Robben Island Museum. Located just off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island holds a significant place in South African history as it once housed the country’s political freedom fighters. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Your visit to the museum will be guided by a former political prisoner, offering unique insight into the its history, and take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, standing exactly as it did when he was incarcerated there, as well as the lime quarry where he was forced into hard labour.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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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. See all 100 Robben Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Robben Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Robben Island costs USD 32.62. Guided Robben Island tours start around USD 32.62 per person. See all 100 Robben Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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