Cape Town, Apartheid & Robben Island

CAP 136-501
  • A ferry trip to/from the infamous Robben Island (including a guided tour) where former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • A visit to the oldest township in Cape Town, Langa, including lunch at a local restaurant serving traditional SA dishes
Program Overview
Country: South Africa
Depart: 03/23/2017 0815
Return: 03/23/2017 1630
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min. 24 / Max. 80
Program Fee
$98 (early booking: $93)

This trip provides historical insight into the social injustices of Cape Town’s past. Start the tour with a visit to Robben Island by ferry. This former leper colony was a political prison during Apartheid. View Nelson Mandela’s prison cell while ex-political prisoners give a detailed commentary. Also visit the quarry, where the former President’s eyes were damaged permanently, and where personalities in the struggle were put to back-breaking labour.

Now operating as a living museum, Robben Island also hosts about 23 mammals and 132 bird species including the African penguin. Next, a visit to the townships and Cape Flats shows how sprawling satellite camps of seemingly endless shanties provide little more than a roof and some shelter. This journey through history continues with a visit to Langa, the oldest existing township on the Western Cape. Local community workers host you in this vibrant community as numerous squatters set about building their own brick homes, with the help of state grants. Enjoy lunch at Lelapa Restaurant, which comprises of a selection of traditional South African dishes.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the District Six Museum and learn how 60,000 families were forcibly removed from that once vibrant suburb. Your next stop will be Bo-Kaap, a typical example of a Malay Quarter residence. Experience the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of this Cape Muslim community and their role in Cape Town’s development. Return to the ship after this fulfilling, thought-provoking day.

Note, Robben Island ferry is strictly weather permitting.

Meals Included

Lunch, including 1 soft drink

Special Note

-Participants to wear comfortable light-weight clothing and comfortable walking shoes
-Also take along sunblock, a sun hat, sunglasses and a windbreaker
-Order of sites visited is subject to change