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.
Bradclin Beach, Blouberg
8.5 km

From R1200* 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 R395 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 R750 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 R912 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 R550 PPS

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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 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

Blue Bays 105
8.8 km

From R660* Unit

This one bedroom self-catering luxury and business apartment is situated at the new waterfront, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand and overlooking the majestic Table Mountain. This spacious, beautifully furnishe... More Info

Grande Bay No 18
8.8 km


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Bloubergstrand Reviews

Although I was there often and they building such a lot, it still stayed Bloubergstrand!I love it there.
- Katrina Wochnik

As a beauty therapist working at Eden on the bay,bloubergstrand has always been the most tranquil place where oceans meets,birds flock and people connect.This area should be listed as the wonders of the world
- Danielle Lewis

Great place to visit
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Bloubergstrand is a great place to stay. Everything is on hand in the area. Malls, restaurants, take aways, cinemas and many other areas of entertainment. The beach is also
good and one can picnic on the beach late afternoon waiting for the sun to set. Views are incredibly beautiful. I would recommend Bloubergstrand accommodation to anyone.

- Cindy Connachan

Bloubergstrand is beautiful. Much to do and much to enjoy!
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