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 R1200* 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 R1800* 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

Big Bay Holiday Apartment
8.5 km

From R1200* unit

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Big Bay Holiday Apartment is a lovely Self-catering Holiday Apartment ideal for Family Holidays and offers a communal Swimming Pool, Mini-Golf, Volleyball, and Tennis & Squash courts. The beach is jus... More Info

Santa Fé Beach House
8.5 km

From R2900* unit

Self catering accommodation - 3 bedroom villa in La Paloma Estate, Big Bay/Cape Town This luxury self-catering villa is equipped with all the modern day needs with a large entertainment, a heated p... More Info

Knowles Big Bay Condo
8.6 km

From R250* unit

Just a short walk from Big Bay's white sands and cool waters, Knowles Big Bay Condo is a stylish condo ideal for one or two couples. Fully equipped with everything you may need for a stress-free self... More Info

Blouberg Manor Guest House & Spa
8.6 km

From R550 pps

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Welcome to Blouberg Manor! Situated on the beautiful beach front of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town and a mere 40 meters from Big Bay's pristine swimming beaches. Blouberg Manor offers our guests professi... More Info

Santa Maria Beach House and Spa
8.6 km

From R3300* 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

Eden on the Bay 151
8.6 km

From R999* unit

Discover the world wonders Cape town has to offer by booking a stay in our private and luxurious 1-bedroom & 2-bed apartments, situated in the wonderful beachside, Eden on the Bay, lifestyle complex i... More Info

Small Bay Guest House
8.6 km

From R425 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

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