This shot was taken at one of the rest stops along the tour route. It seems like freedom is so far away... The thought of trying to escape that place by many of the inmates must have been dashed whenever they looked out to the mainland. Just knowing what lay ahead would be enough to put any attempts to flee at bay.
Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, and means "seal island" in Dutch.
Initially as a place for the restocking of passing ships, it eventually became a prison (similar to Alcatraz Island) at the end of the 17th century. It's probably best known as the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment during the Apartheid regime.
Today the island is a World Heritage site and museum, which serves as a poignant reminder to democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. With daily tours departing from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront, the ferry will take you on a bumpy ride out to the island where guided tour busses will take you around and regale you with stories of the hardships that prisoners were subjected to on the island.
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It brings goose bumps to your arms. Take the trip get on the fast ferry. Start your day early first boat our by 8:30-9:00am. Had the amazing opportunity to go inside Nelson Mandela's cell in a private tour. I wanted to see the inside of it. EPIC and gives you tons of history to the island. Send a poster card Robben Island has there own mail. Pretty cool. Picture taken with a wide angle lens. 1/125 f/13