Cape Town and Surrounds

Robben Island: From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. A convenient place to remove social outcasts, political troublemakers and society’s unwanted. The cold water, strong currents and Great White sharks that patrol this stretch of water deterred escape. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. Nelson Mandela is of course the best known ex-prisoner and spent 18 years imprisoned here. The three and a half hour tour to Robben Island includes a catamaran trip across Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, a bus tour on the island and a walk through the prison led by an ex-prisoner. Bookings fill up fast and there can be a two week waiting period in summer, it is advisable to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment – click here.   Ferries depart at 09h00, 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00, weather permitting, from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront. Adults R230; Children (under 18) R120.

Two Oceans Aquarium: During construction a big sign on the front of the Two Oceans Aquarium said, “Gone Fishing!” They came back with the most astonishing collection of marine life reflecting the oceans around Cape Town, including a tall kelp forest which sways with the current. Small sharks circle the enormous aquarium, along with rays and other large sea fish. The brave can actually scuba dive into the shark tank. Feeding of the sharks takes place on Sundays at 15h00.   There’s a nice café on the water’s edge with a dedicated children’s play area and good curio shop. Open daily (365 days a year) from 09h30 until 18h00.   Adults R112; SA Pensioners and SA Students R87; Children (14-17 years) R87; Children (4-13 years) R55; Child (under 4 years) Free. Discount tickets available online – click here.