CAPE TOWN TOURISM: ROBBEN ISLAND CAPE TOWN
Off the coast of Cape Town Tourism lies an Island, Robben Island Cape Town. This Island is one of the most revered locations in South Africa, and the world at large. Of course, being an area of land surrounded by water is something that almost immediately cast the area special just like most notable Islands. But what makes Robben Island a Cape Town Tourism and South African National heritage site and UNESCO world heritage site is the history of Robben Island Cape Town Tourism. True, every location has its own history, be it known or not. Although, some histories known have no sentimental value. On the other hand, some are very much relevant that they pass very strong messages across. Robben Island Cape Town Tourism is one of such of the latter.
The Island which was once the grounds for a prison, hospital, mental institution, military base and a leper colony is mostly popular for its prison history. Reason being its usage as a form of political prison since the 17th century until the end of the apartheid period, and has been an involuntary confinement for some popular political figures in the world. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years as a prisoner on Robben Island Cape Town Tourism, as well as another former president of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe , and the current President Jacob Zuma. Today, what was just another place of putting the unwanted in the society is now a symbol of exultation of the human essence over intimidation, constraints and adversity.
Robben Island Cape Town as a Live Museum Since 1997 Robben Island has been opened as a museum, and people are allowed to tour it everyday. Although ferries to the Island are only available at specific times of the day, and as so, it is advisable to get to Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront earlier than the time specified. There are quite a lot of things to see on the land, from the penguin sanctuary, everything in between to the prison room Nelson Mandela stayed as an inmate in Robben Island prison. You’re not just going to see the room alone, but it’s arranged exactly how it was when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there. In fact, the tours are even more interesting as the tours are guided by one of the former political prisoners one the Island. They do more than just showing you what’s what, but they also talk about their experience on the Island as a prisoner whilst talking about the peculiarities of places of stoppage on the Island.