The amazing 360° views from the top of this 3563 foot mountain plateau, spanning the city, ocean, Robben Island and national park, is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest wonders. A cable car will take you there in just five minutes or you can spend several hours taking one of the scenic hiking trails.
Just over five miles offshore from Cape Town, the island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, and over the centuries has been used as a prison, a hospital, a mental institution and a military base. It is most famous for being a political prison during apartheid. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years he was imprisoned on Robben Island. Tours depart daily from the V&A Waterfront.