Day trip

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider:Sams Cultural Tours
Day trip

Cape Town: Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Townships Tour

Activity provider:Sams Cultural Tours
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From US$ 68.75 per person

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Visit some of the notorious townships of Cape Town, including District Six, and learn more about South Africa's apartheid policies. Then, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels, guesthouses and accommodations within 10 kilometers of the city center. Pickup time depends on your hotel location. Pickup from Rondebosch, Observatory, Mowbray, Woodstock takes place between 7:30 AM-8:15 AM; from Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Waterfront between 8 AM-8:30 AM; from City Center, Gardens, Tamboerskloof between 8:30 AM-9:00 AM. If you are staying outside the pickup area, the meeting point will be outside the V&A Waterfront Hotel between 8:40 AM-8:50 AM.
Wheelchair accessible


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    Starting location:

    Cape Town

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    District Six

    (30 minutes)

  • Bus / coach

    (30 minutes)

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    (1 hour)

  • Bonteheuwel

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    (30 minutes)

    V&A Waterfront

    Lunch (45 minutes)


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    Robben Island

    (4 hours)

  • Finish at:

    V&A Waterfront

Main stop
Other stop

For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change.

  • Learn about life under apartheid in some of the townships of Cape Town
  • Visit the townships of Langa, Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu
  • Meet a traditional African healer, see local beer being made and visit a primary school
  • Get the chance to support local businesses and markets
Full description

Discover some of Cape Town's most famous townships on a guided tour in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit District Six, take a walking tour in Langa, and learn about Bonteheuwel as you drive through it. After, explore Robben Island on your own with an included ferry ticket.

Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe. Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub), try some homemade beer, and see a traditional healer in action

Then, drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact on the communities today. See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. Afterward, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

  • Robben Island ferry ticket
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Tips (optional)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The Robben Island ticket is subject to availability and weather conditions. If the ferry gets canceled after the township tour has taken place, you will be given the chance to reschedule (based on availability) or receive a partial refund
  • You will get the opportunity to support local businesses and markets throughout the tour
  • The tour ends at the Robben Island ferry gateway, following which you can make your own way back to your hotel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 250 reviews

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I could not recommend this tour enough. If you want to learn about the history of South Africa this is the tour for you. Being completely honest I was hesitant about it beforehand from the safety side and I didn’t think it was right to be a tourist gawking at the people living in the area. However we were so happy that we did the tour in the end. We learned so much. We felt 100% safe at all times and were delighted that we had the opportunity to buy a beautiful painting and jewellery from local people in Langa where part of the profits go back into the community.

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April 22, 2023

Township tour was very well organized, and we really got an insight of what has been and is going on in these parts of Cape Town. All of our guides were great. Some of them actually are originally from townships. During the tour we visited a local pub, a family home, a baptist church and a museum in Langa. Other townships were seen from a car. The Robben Island tour was also very informative and guides served some time there, so we couldn’t ask for better guides. We drove around the island and then walked through the prison. Nelson Mandelas cell is shown. I recommend this for everyone visiting Cape Town, but I have to say, it was hard to hear all of this history, so prepare to get emotional. Not an easy nice day. Thank you for an eye-opening trip.

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April 5, 2023

The whole tour was better than expected with the tour of the Townlands being very informative. All the people we met were friendly and happy to have us experience the way they live. The ferry to Robben Island was rough which is weather dependent but the people working on the ferry were helpful to anyone feeling sick. The guided tour on the island gives an in depth view of the history of the island.

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March 25, 2023

Product ID: 125879