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January 14, 2011

Beat the queues and travel in class to Robben Island


Photo courtesy Thebe Tourism

Robben Island, a quarantine station turned leper colony turned mental institution turned prison for struggle stalwarts and, most recently, turned museum and World Heritage Site, belongs on any bucket list. And judging by the queues at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, many are making good on their life plans.

Four ferries take around 1 000 tourists to Robben Island every day. Advance bookings are strongly advised to make sure you’re not one of the disappointed last-minute visitors. Up until now, these tours were your only means onto the island.

No longer: Thebe Tourism and Original Boats are launching private trips and personalised tours to the site for four to twelve passengers on the Inala Antares, giving you ample opportunity to take in the historical significance of the island, both there and on the cruise in and out.

The luxury 50-foot yacht will set sail for Robben Island at 09h00 every Monday and Thursday and is also available for private charters, full day trips and overnight stays, as well as photo shoots and movie productions.

At R7,000.00 per person, the trip lasts 3.5 hours, which includes the tour and the cruise to the island. For more information please contact Maryna on +27 (0) 82 941 4389 or info@originalboats.co.za. 

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