The guard dog kennels are next to the solitary confinement hut. A bloke down the pub told me that when some prisoners (Robert Sobukwe) where about to be released. Prime Minister BJ Vorster introduced a General Laws Amendment Bill which would permit the detention in solitary confinement without trial for 90 days of anybody. So Robert spent 6 years...more
I love lighthouses and wanted a collection for myself but my study/library at home is already filled up with things I have collected from around the world...so I have decided not to buy too much stuff anymore.......But alas, the lighthouse on Robben Island is a beauty.I saw it during the bus tour and there was a little fog and it looked eerie from...more
So you set off to Robben Island, intent on seeing the prison cell of Mandela, but also remember that animals do inhabit the island as well...During the bus tour, we stopped at several points just to look at ostriches (by the bay) and also stop for a turtle that was crossing the road! Get your cameras ready as there also several birds flying around...more
Mandela's prison cell on Robben island is No. 7 and has been repainted and looks very clean and small ---- you can peek through it and take picstures as people behind you are waiting to take a peerk as well....So you have to take your pics quick! You will have a shot of the blankets and bowls he used while there and the actual bucket he used as a...more
After the 2-3 hour bus/prison tour on Robben Island, you are brought back to the docks and told to wait for your boat --- You are not supposed to miss that boat, specially mine was the last one for the day!But there is a nearby penguin sanctuary just near the docks, and so I ran towards it and spent about 10 minutes taking pictures and looking at...more
Now a World Heritage Site, Robben Island can be easily reached from cape Town by a 30 minute ferry ride. The Island is where black prisoners were incarcerated at during the Apartheid Era. The prisoners are now free and some of them have met again on the island, and they have decided not to see punishment for the guards --- but instead,...more
if you can, try to sit as close to the front of the bus as possible. the guide speaks from the front and it is alot easier to hear when your up-front. I was sitting in the back of the bus and it was hard to hear through the engine noise and road gravel! also easier to ask questions.more
Robben Island sits 12Kl off of the coast of Cape Town and served as a prison for 400 years. It's most famous political prisoner Nelson Mandela spent 18 years here, surviving cruelty and hardships and digging in the quarries that left him and many others partially blind from the glare of the stone.The Island in it's time has served not only as a...more
please be advised to arrive early as each departure to robben island fills up fast, so if you get there too late you will have to buy a ticket for the following day. also be advised that weather conditions change daily, so even if you have a ticket, you may be bumped till a later departure or even the following day if the tides are to high. if you...more
in 1895 the Church of the Good Shepherd was built by and for the lepers of Robben Island. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, is was only to be used by men and was not provided with pews. By the time the lepers were relocated to Pretoria in 1931 the church had fallen in to great disrepair, but it has since been renovated.
Not surprisingly, there are long lines in the station from which the ferry leaves for Robben Island. I took the 1 PM ferry ride, and there was utter confusion at the station and it did not seem that there was a line at all. Some people were getting mad (and shouting) because the lines were very disorganized and the employees did not seem to be very...more
your robben island tour bus guide will give a long, detailed and interesting perspective of the island and the prison. there is also some guest paticipation (if you care too). Be aware, that although he will might say otherwise, it's hard not to give a monetary tip for his advise and comments as you exit the bus. as he stands at the only exit, it is impossible not to greet him on your exit.
Unique Suggestions: be sure to bring some small change or currency, so you dont feel like you don't give nothing.
Fun Alternatives: the " alternative " is to just visit the nice museum located within the departure area. The museum is spread out thru a few rooms which contain mostly pictures, a few displays and a theatre. the museum is free to the public.
At a time when despair and adversity threatened to overwhelm prisoners on Robben Island, sport became instrumental in forging good relationships between inmates. The prisoners produced a unique collection of records that cover the history of sport on Robben Island from 1966 to 1991. This collection is now housed at the University of the Western Cape-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives.
Equipment: Football On Robben Island
To learn about Robben Island football read the book 'More Than Just A Game'. Written by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close, it details the prisoners’ struggle to take back some control over their lives through sport. Specifically, they negotiated for the right to start a football league, which was a big deal because they had no recreation time at that point, and used that league to keep themselves mentally and physically active as well as to develop a sense of unity among the various political fashions. Many of South Africa’s post-apartheid leaders were involved in the creation of Robben Island’s Makana Football Association through the 60s & 70s. This story was also made into a documentary film by the same name.
It is all very interesting and a fantastic day out. But unlike the islands you see on tv. you cannot do many water sports.
Fondest memory: The fact I could learn about things that where blocked from my childhood.