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  • Day4

    Robben Island

    September 13, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Started the day with a swim in the indoor heated pool then met up with friends and went on a 45 minute boat ride to Robben Island, where alot of political prisoners were held for years. This included Nelson Mandela who was held here for 15 years in a room alone with three blankets, no glass in the windows and only shorts and tee-shirt to wear. We had a guided tour around the prison by an ex-serving prisoner called Sparks who served 7 of his 15 year sentence before they were all released. He had to live with the same conditions as Mandela, because he was black, but in a large room that was shared amongst 60 inmates as they were not political leaders. They had three showers and two toilets to share amongst them but only had water for three days a week. Punishment was given for not folding the three blankets correctly that they had as a bed, or if they didn't wash in time. They spent most of the time locked up, then working in the mine. Sundays they were locked up for 23 hours and given 30 minutes to play rugby and 30 minutes to pray. We then had abus tour of the island where we got to 'find penguins' again as we saw some both resting and swimming. Later we had a late lunch and a look around the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, a very attractive tourist part of the city.Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Remember Robben Island well, very atmospheric. Your guide could have been the same one that we had, gave so much info about life in the prison. V&A waterfront very touristy but lovely, plenty of bars, cafes & restaurants. Enjoy xxx

    Tom Ralph

    Life time trip , hope my baby is feeling better xx


    African penguins - cute and noisy! Now you've found pemguins on 3 continents of the world. They only live on 4 continents - so you must be planning your next adventure to.... ANTARCTICA!!!

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    You have visited several prisons on your travels but I am pleased that you have not been detained in any!! Robben Island is very interesting but living conditions sound dreadful. Glad you found penguins but what are we going to do next week when you are home and we won't be able to read FindPenguins, shall really miss it. Enjoy the last couple of days, love xxxx