No trip to South Africa is complete without the pilgrimage out to Robben Island. Robben Island served as a place of isolation and imprisonment for over four centuries, but today it is a World Heritage Site and museum. As the museum entrance reads, it's also 'a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.'
One of the added highlights of this morning or afternoon trip to Robben Island and back, is the breathtaking view of Cape Town and Table Mountain that you have aboard the ferry, each way. It's glorious.
Be sure to book your tickets for the ferry far in advance and know that there are limited departures only at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, (weather permitting), from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
You'll be moved by the stories of forgiveness and reconciliation told by the tour guides that are all former prisoners, and have renewed hope in the resiliency of the human spirit. What a perfect backdrop to study on your return trip back to the mainland, while pondering just how lucky we are to have this freedom called travel and the chance to learn from the history before us, in hope of not repeating the struggle.