South Africa holidays
Board the boat from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and travel to the oval-shaped Robben Island, situated inside Table Bay. The boat journey alone gives a wonderful panoramic view, offering a different perspective of Table Mountain and the city. The name Robben Island is Dutch for 'seal island', and since the end of the 17th century it has been used for the isolation of many political prisoners. The former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become presidents of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and the current president, Jacob Zuma. Robben Island is both a South African national heritage site as well as a Unesco world heritage site.