The Tourism Department strives to provide professional tours, innovative world-class service, and an unforgettable experience for our guests.
There are three units offering service to our visitors.
- Tours Unit
- Transport Unit and
- Specialized Tours, Events and Conferencing Unit
We offer and package different tours viz. General Tours, Private Tours, VIP Tours and Protocol Tours.
It is important for all visitors to experience all phases of the Island, to realize that the Island is a place of pain and a place of triumph and victory. The island tour discusses these themes as well as the detention and isolation of insane females, people with leprosy and prisoners, including African chiefs in the 1800’s. The Prison tour depicts the lives of political prisoners detained from the 1960’s to 1991. Former Robben Island prisoners conduct the tour.
Visitors are transported to the island via ferry. All ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Once on the Island, visitors are transported by bus. Transportation costs are included in the tour price.
Specialized Tours, Events and Conferencing Specialized Tours include Private Tours, VIP Tours and Protocol Tours. Private tours are for individuals or small groups. Additional charges will apply. VIP Tours are for known personalities and are protected from the general public. Protocol Tours are for heads of State. There are several venues for special events and conferencing, both on the Island and at the Nelson Mandela Gateway (see the venue hire page for details).