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 R1550* 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

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Bradclin Beach, Blouberg
8.5 km

From R1600* 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

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Island Views 29 La Paloma
8.5 km

From R1600* unit


This three bedroom villa has three levels, garage and garden on bottom level, three bedrooms on middle level and very large living area and roof terrace on top with braai facilities. The villa is situ... More Info

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Santa Fé Beach House
8.5 km

From R3000* 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 and poo... More Info

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Blouberg Manor Guest House & Spa
8.6 km

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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

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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

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Seaside Village BG6
8.6 km

From R685* unit

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Seaside Village BG6 is a luxury 1 bedroom, perfect holiday apartment situated in the beautiful area of Big Bay, Cape Town. Offering the best views of Table Mountain, numerous fine restaurants and 2... More Info

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Eden on the beach
8.6 km

From R1500* unit

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Situated on the roof top of Eden on the Bay Mall, which is situated right on the beachfront in Big Bay, Cape Town. With a great retail and restaurant mix this lifestyle mall has it all. This luxury 2... More Info

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Holiday Villa La Paloma
8.6 km

From R2800* unit


3 Bed roomed private holiday villa for up to 6 persons with 3 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen / scullery heated pool, jungle gym, patio, balcony, automated double garage and lots more! In a save Med... More Info

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Eden On the Bay
8.6 km

From R1050* unit


Modern, stylish apartments set in the heart of Big Bay's upmarket shopping centre, Eden On The Bay. It's the perfect spot to experience and enjoy the life of luxury. While staying at our Eden On Th... More Info

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