There is no better way to embrace South Africa’s complex history than to take a trip to Robben Island, just a short boat trip across the bay from Cape Town.This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for the majority of his 27-year sentence before the fall of the apartheid, along with many more political prisoners. Take a ferry ride to the small UNESCO-listed island, 4.3 miles west off the coast of Cape Town where former inmates guide you around,
offering an unparalleled narrative of its austere cells, island graveyard and navy bunkers. Pause at Mandela’s prison cell and brace yourself for an emotional experience. Robben Island holidays create the opportunity to reflect on how far this great country has come, along with wonderful views across the water and a chance to spot seals during the boat ride.