Accommodation near Robben Island

Robben Island, situated 12 km off the coast of Cape Town, has a 400-year chequered history that is associated with brutality and barbarism for so-called lawbreakers, outspoken political activists opting for change and social outcasts living on the fringes of society.

While predominantly seen as a prison 'hell-hole' harbouring many untold stories and unjust convictions, the island was peacefully inhabited by residents for hundreds of years before it was converted into a place of imprisonment for wrong-doers. The turning point in history in which led to the construction of a prison was the arrival of Dutch on Cape soil during the mid-1600's.

Over the years, those prison walls have seen inmates from all works of life, including many indigenous African leaders, Dutch and British soldiers and civilians, and several anti-apartheid revolutionaries. Two world-renowned revolutionaries include South Africa's first democratic president, Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela and founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.

While predominantly used as a prison in that four hundred year timeframe, it also acted as a hospital during the early 1800's. It was a place of recovery and recuperation for leprosy patients as well as the mentally and chronically ill. Due to Robben Island being separated from the rest of the city, it was the ideal place to contain infectious diseases.

While Robben Island is associated with oppression, injustice and violence, it is also a place of triumph, where imprisoned freedom fighters fought for democracy and an end to the apartheid reign. Today, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit Robben Island to learn about our heritage and South Africa's tumultuous past.

In 1997, Robben Island was declared a world heritage site and the Robben Island Museum was opened up to the public. Visitors are guided around the island by ex- political convicts who recount their own personal experiences of their time served on the island.

The natural lay of the land attracts a wide variety of wildlife species, and is especially known for its large colonies of penguins. It is also a hotspot for a diversity of seabirds, including the African black oystercatchers, the sacred ibis and the bank cormorants.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Seaside Village 14A
8.5 km

From R1650* Unit

Seaside Village 14A is a lovely apartment situated in a complex in Big Bay, Bloubergstrand. It offers guests all amenities needed for a relaxed and comfortable stay. The apartment has three bedr... More Info

Bradclin Beach, Blouberg
8.5 km

From R1920* Unit

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Bradclin Beach, Blouberg is part of a network of Holiday, Business and Honeymoon accommodation run by owners, James & Judelle of Bradclin House in Pinelands. As with all our units, attention to deta... More Info

Santa Maria Beach House and Spa
8.6 km

From R4880* Unit

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One of the few properties located directly above the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Maria Beach House and Spa boasts a stunning view you might recognise from most Cape Town picture-postcards: Let your gaze... More Info

Small Bay Guest House
8.6 km

From R445 PPS

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Situated in the beautiful upmarket village of Blouberg, Cape Town, (next door to the Blue Peter Hotel) and only meters from the beach is Small Bay Guest House. Due to our great location you can le... More Info

Seaside Village Luxury Penthouse
8.6 km

From R700 PPS

Beautiful Big Bay beachfront penthouse holiday and business travel apartment. Enjoy uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and the ocean. Stroll across the street onto the Big Bay Beachfront and promen... More Info

Blaauwberg House
8.6 km

From R3149* Unit

Blaauwberg House is a family holiday house that epitomises the beach holiday lifestyle. The accommodation offers open spaces and a friendly, entertaining atmosphere in a beach-lifestyle oriented locat... More Info

The Sir David
8.7 km

From R1012 PPS

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Imagine a place where the ocean is so close it lulls you to sleep, the peaceful sounds of the waves, the gentle breezes that awaken your senses; a place where you watch the golden sunset over the ocea... More Info

Blaauw Village Boutique Guest House
8.7 km

From R1400* Unit

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BlaauwVillage Luxury Boutique Guesthouse an exceptional getaway destination in Bloubergstrand - situated on the West Coast of the Cape Peninsula overlooking, Big Bay, Robben Island and Table Mountain.... More Info

Azure - Beach Apartment
8.7 km

From R1000* Unit

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Situated in Big Bay, Azure 107 is a lovely beach apartment offering self catering accommodation for four guests in Bloubergstrand. The apartment is on the first floor and can be accessed by stairs or ... More Info

Azure 34 On Big Bay
8.7 km

From R1350* Unit

Azure 34 On Big Bay is situated in a beautiful complex with stunning outdoor swimming pool, close to the famous Eden on the Bay in Big Bay and Blouberg Beach. The apartment offers all the necessary fe... More Info

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