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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I’ll get the disappointing bit out the way - our comparison to Alcatraz and also The Khmer Rouge Prison in Cambodia, saw it fail to give the experience and information it promised, and therefore any emotional connection.
There is also a lot of waiting around, to get on the boat and then on/off/on/off a coach to see various points around the island which felt quite rushed. Also it didn’t stop to allow viewing of some of the focal points like the muslim shrine, lighthouse or the garrison church.
We stopped at the lime quarry, mainland viewing point/cafe and prison itself. We were shown around the prison by an ex political prisoner who had no patience with a lady with a baby who made a noise. The child was not being disruptive or distracting yet he asked the lady to leave the room. Understanding the day to day prison life, treatment and co-existence of races was interesting to hear diary hand.
On balance glad we went but did take a full afternoon from 12.30 to 5.15. so if you’re struggling for time, there are better things to see / do in Cape Town.

Thank Llama44
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

They changed things since I last went. It is sadly much more commercial with a horrid building having been built at the far end of the Island in a beautiful empty, windswept spot. Madeba would be disappointed. However you get to see the main sights, but no walking into the quarry anymore. Mandela’s cell is still quite something to see - so small. The talk at the end by a previous inmate was too ‘ranty’ and angry. On a previous visit (maybe more than 10 years ago) the inmate talk was beautiful and made us teary. Still, if you are visiting Cape Town, this really is a ‘must do’ trip. Book ahead.

Thank jw6969
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

An important and historical place. A must see when in Cape town. But really only once. Busloads of tourists are shipped, bussed and spoken to as if you are in a touristfactory. The guids knew there story by hart and even the jokes were probably the same as the other tours that day, week, month,... the guids were a bit blunt as I may say. There story was told not very vivid and they could tell mabey a bit more about the island.
The views of Cape Town are awesome and you may even encounter some penguins!
You should definitely go. But it's more a compulsory tour than a good one...

Thank Bram Z
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

I lived in Cape Town for part of my life and looked out to Robben Island every day, but never went there. Now, on a visit back home from overseas, I decided to go. The ferry trip takes 20-30 minutes and gave spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Only ex political prisoners who were incarcerated on the island are permitted to be tour guides so it was a very personal insight into the life of those who spent time in jail there. A bus tour around the island affords more great photo opportunities.
I found it moving and well worthwhile.

Thank Rose Y
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

This was a great day trip to do and the fact that it is ex prisoners doing the tour is fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgable and made the experience so much better.

Thank Aleks L
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