Site of the infamous prison, now a Unesco World Heritage Site (courtesy Cape Town Tourism)
12km north off Green Point’s shores, this notorious prison held many ANC prominent members, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. It remained a prison until 1996 and in 1999 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 3.5-hour tours begin with a drive around the key sites, including Sobukwe’s house, the lime quarry where Mandela was forced to work, the leper cemetery and the houses of former warders. Tours are conducted by ex-political prisoners whenever possible, who paint a vivid picture of prison life here. Advance booking recommended; check for weather conditions. Do not drink tap water on the island. Please check for departure times. Adult R250; child (under 18) R120.
Tours departure & arrival: The Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Clock Tower Centre.