Secure a ticket for the ferry to Robben Island and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept during Apartheid.
Learn about the dramatic history of South Africa through the voice of one of the former prisoners. Robben Island has been used for the isolation of mainly political prisoners.
The Dutch settlers were the first to use Robben Island as a prison.
Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma to name a few.
Robben Island is accessible to visitors through tours that depart from Cape Town's waterfront. Tours depart three times a day and take about 3.5 hours, consisting of a ferry trip to and from the island, and a tour of the various historical sites on the island that form part of the Robben Island Museum.
A Speech Competition has just started at the Museum today! Grade 10 & 11 history learners are participating in an oral presentation. The topic that the learners chose is: TO WHAT EXTENT AS SOUTH AFRICANS ARE WE LIVING TO THE VALUES THAT NELSON MANDELA STOOD FOR? 15 schools will be attending and one learner from each school will do a 10 minute oral presentation. So what can be won in this competition? The top 5 learners chosen will be rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, during the September school holidays, on a learning programme. All the learners who participated will also receive certificates. #mandela100#kznmuseum#robbenislandmuseum
Robben Island is known for being the place former South African president Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years. Today, we toured the island graveyard, the lime quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, and the maximum security prison including Nelson Mandela’s cell. My favorite part of the tour was the limestone quarry where Mr. Mandela worked. The convicts broke rocks and shoveled lime for paving the island’s roads. Besides being strenuous, the work was unsafe. Glare reflected from the white rock impaired Mr. Mandela’s eyesight, and quarry dust may have led to the respiratory problems that killed him in 2013 at age 95. This stone pile has historic significance, but after the fall of Apartheid. After Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa, almost 1000 former political prisoners attended a reunion on Robben Island. As the visitors toured the quarry, Nelson Mandela walked off to the side and dropped a rock onto the ground. This action was followed by many of the visitors, to form a type of cairn or rock memorial to their time on the Island.
🇿🇦 Robben Island was a fascinating and humbling place to visit, seeing the prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years and being given a guided tour by an ex-inmate who made everyone in the room cry with his speech about the apartheid era 🌊 #RobbenIsland#NelsonMandela
Happy 100th Birthday to Nelson Mandela ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 During my trip in Cape Town South Africa I had the life changing opportunity to visit the Robben Island Jail which is now a museum. I remembered getting chills when I entered Nelson Mandela’s cell. The crazy part about this is I had a crazy hangover from partying the night before and almost didn’t come. I’m glad what ever strength I had that day I drug myself out of bed and went. Definitely a powerful and life changing experience. One thing I admire about Nelson Mandela along with the likes of Malcolm X and Maya Angelou, and Dr Martin Luther King Jr is, none of them were perfect. They all had faults or shall I say hard life lessons and experiences that they didn’t allow to define how they would be remembered once they were gone. I say this to say you don’t have to be perfect and walk the straight and narrow to make a difference and be someone’s hero ❤️
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I've held off from posting about the Robben Island Museum because it has been one of the most complex spaces to visit. Robben Island has a history of being a difficult place to inhabit. It holds many difficult stories, from Leper Cemetary to Prison. It is most infamously recognized as the place where Madiba was held but it is SO IMPORTANT to acknowledge that he was not alone, neither physically nor in fight. Many men were kept on Robben Island, many families traumatized. The most dangerous prisoners were sent there which included non-violent political prisoners who worked to erode the system of apartheid. The Sobukwe House was the residence of Robert Sobukwe who was held there for many years though he was not a prisoner and he was considered most dangerous and kept from interacting with the prisoners . The letter that you see in the shots is missing pieces because the prison staff would censor the mail..... In the spirit of agency, many of the guided tours are given by former prisoners who were held on the island. It was hurtful, and dank, but there is a reminder of resilience and resistance that is evident all over the island. Robben Island cannot be summarized, although I've tried. There's not much that can do this justice(no pun intended)