Sunday, April 20, 2014

Visit to Robbin Island

 We got up early and headed to the wharf in Cape Town. It was a beautiful but a bit foggy out. We boarded a boat for the ride out to Robbin Island. It is the Island that a prison was built on. Nelson Mandela was the most famous prisoner held there. We toured the Island and the prison. 

 We walked intot he prison area. 

 Our guide was a former prisoner there. He knew Nelson Mandela. He told us how terrible it was to stay there. There was a nice guard that he has since become friends with. He told us that every day he guides on the island brings back difficult memories. We asked him why he was a prisoner there. He said he was part of a group that protested and set off a bomb. Nobody was killed but he spent his life in prison over it. 
 Nelson Mandela's prison cell. 

 They also sent lepers out to the island and we saw the cemetery.
 The view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from Robbin Island. 

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