Robben Island Cape Town South Africa

Go to the island the place Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was imprisoned for 11 years for his beliefs.

Robben Island is understood the world over as a spot of banishment exile, isolation and imprisonment. For almost 400 years, colonial and apartheid rulers banished these they considered political troublemakers, social outcasts and the undesirable of society to this 575-hectare rocky outcrop in Desk Bay.

The Island's unwilling inhabitants included; slaves; political and non secular leaders who opposed Dutch colonialism in East Asia; troublesome native Khoikhoi and African leaders who resisted British enlargement in South Africa; Leprosy victims and different sick and the mentally disturbed; French Vichy prisoners of conflict; and most just lately, political opponents of the apartheid regime in South African and Namibia.

Robben Island's Most Well-known Prisoner:

In the course of the apartheid years Robben Island turned internationally recognized for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent greater than 1 / 4 of a century in jail for his or her beliefs. But individuals akin to Nelson Mandela emerged to steer South Africa to democracy, with a message of tolerance, reconciliation and hope.

These imprisoned on the Island succeeded in turning a jail "hell-hole" into a logo of freedom and private liberation.

The Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island:

The Robben Island customer expertise begins on the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, on the Clock Tower Precinct inside  Cape   City's  V&A Waterfront.

The Gateway is the "mainland entrance door" to Robben Island, symbolising the significance of the island in South Africa's younger democracy. The Gateway homes a 150-seater auditorium, boardrooms and a Robben Island Museum store, amongst different amenities. Digital, interactive exhibition areas on all three flooring of the Gateway constructing offers the customer with a historic context of Robben Island's Most Safety Jail, in addition to reflecting the broader span of the island's historical past.

Robben Island receives upwards of 300 thousand guests annually, with the very best proportion being South Africans. Greater than 95% of the guests described their go to to Robben Island as a constructive uplifting, eye-opening expertise.

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