Robben Island Travel Guide

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Robben Island Overview

Situated in the sea a little over twelve miles off the shore and in the middle of Table bay, Robben island is set apart from mainland Cape town separated by a narrow channel of seawater. This island is situated quite remotely and was considered inaccessible for many centuries. In 1961 Robben Island was converted into a maximum security prison under foreign rule. The one prisoner that made this island as popular as any death zone gets, is South Africa’s first democratic president Nelson Mandela the founding father of Pan Africanism. This was during the period of Apartheid in South Africa, many other political prisoners white and black alike were imprisoned on this island.

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