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Exploring the Life of Robben Island's Prisoners

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 02/08/2024 10:57:55

South Africa | Cape Town | V & A Waterfront | Robben Island | Murray's Bay Harbour | Prison | Apartheid | Tour | History | UNESCO

Exploring the Life of Robben Island's Prisoners


From the V & A Waterfront, ferries depart for a 3 1/2 hour historic tour of the island that was Nelson Mandela's home for 18 of the 27 years of his imprisonment. The island was first used as a prison by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. Before housing prisoners again in the early 1960s, the island served as a leper colony, an animal quarantine station and, during World War II, to defend Cape Town.

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Since so many people associate Nelson Mandela and apartheid with South Africa, we wanted to learn some history before flying home. We spent our last morning in Cape Town touring Robben Island, the prison where Mandela and other political prisoners lived for many years. After leaving the V & A Waterfront via ferry, we traveled to Murray's Bay Harbour where we boarded a bus which brought us by many of the historical sites on the island. Our tour of the prison building was actually led by a former prisoner who was able to paint a realistic picture of prison life.

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