Robben Island Half Day Tour With Diamond Museum Experience

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From $118.00

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Cape Town, Cape Town

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Robben Island is the unique symbol of the human spirit triumphing over adversity, suffering, and injustice, with a rich 500-year-old multi-layered history. Come explore this magnificent landmark.

You'll be fetched at your accommodation and dropped off at the V&A Waterfront. Here, you'll board a boat that will take you to the Island where you'll get to hear all about its history, including a visit to the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in. The tour takes roughly 4 hours including the boat trip to and from the Island.

At the end of the trip, your guide will take you to the Diamond museum where you'll experience diamonds like never before. Learn about the diamond industry and the history of diamonds in South Africa through an intimate tour and learning experience.

As your tour comes to an end you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

Entrance to the Diamond museum

Hotel pick up and drop off

Robben Island boat trip & museum ticket

Shared tour guide/driver

What's Not Included

Meals and drinks

Tips/Gratuities (optional)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 120

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Cape Town Central
You'll be fetched between 8:00 - 8:30 am at your accommodation in areas that fall under a 10 km radius from the Cape Town City Centre.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cape Town Diamond Museum
Upon our arrival at the Waterfront, we will stop at the Cape Diamond Museum, situated in the Gateway to Robben Island Clocktower Center. Here you will learn about the 3 billion-year-old history, from the diamond’s formation to the final polished stone. Explore the origins of South Africa’s diamond industry with an introduction to some of the great names in diamond history, like Cecil John Rhodes, Barney Barnato, and the Oppenheimer family. The Cape Town Diamond Museum also pays tribute to the most famous South African diamonds, such as the 3,106-carat Cullinan rough diamond. This diamond was discovered in 1905 and showcases specimens of Kimberlite rock, dating back billions of years. Life-size replicas of the famous diamonds worn by royalty, the rich, and the famous are also on display. Please note that visitors will have the option to purchase exquisite jewelry pieces from Shimansky Jewellers which is adjacent to the Cape Diamond Museum.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Robben Island Museum
Upon your arrival at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, you will skip the ticketing line and proceed directly to the boat departures line. Upon your arrival at the Robben Island Jetty, you will disembark the boat and be guided on a bus by a resident Robben Island Tour Guide for a tour of the island. The guide will provide live commentary about Robben Island and its history. The tour will culminate with a view of the prison cell where former President Nelson Mandela was held as a prisoner and an opportunity to take a walk in his historical footsteps on The Long March to Freedom. Thereafter, you will return to the Jetty where you will charter the boat for your return journey back to the V&A Waterfront.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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