Robben Island

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Each of these rocks represents the different people who were prisoners at Robben Island. Nelson Mandela put down the first stone.

We arrived in Cape Town this morning after coming from Jo'burg on the greyhound.  This time the city looked much more appealing than the first time we were here.  We drove through the financial area with some high rise buildings, gardens and a few homeless people - now it seemed more like a city.  It was also a sunny clear day so we saw Table Mountain for the first time - it's quite an impressive hill!  After dropping our stuff off at the hostel we decided to make the most of the weather and went down to the waterfront to see if we could get on one of todays ferries to Robben Island.  Apparently they get booked up days in advance but we managed to get tickets for today and got on the 12 0 clock ferry.

It took almost an hour to get across and there was a bit of a swell - would have hated to come when the weather was any different.  The views back to the city were amazing with Table Mountain looming over.  When we arrived at the island we were taken on a short bus ride around, seeing the village where three to four hundred people still live.  We stopped at the limestone quarry where the political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were forced to work.  After a few more places of interest it was on to the prison where we were givena tour and a talk by one of the ex political prisoners.  He had been in the prison for six years for his involvement with the ANC, had aparteid not ended he would still be imprisoned now, he was due to be released in 2009.  He told us about daily life in the prison and showed us some of the cells, then a little about his so called 'crimes'.

It was a good and interesting tour but was a little rushed, it would have been good to have some time after the official tour to explore the island.

We later checked into the Ashanti hostel and into a very luxurious en suite room for our last week of travel.

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