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A reminder of the past
A reminder of the past
For over 400 years Robben Island has been a place that represented incarceration, most recently it was used to house political prisoners, one of them being Nelson Mandela but also included many others. For 27 years he was imprisoned here for his views on ‘freedom’.

However, it has not only been used as a prison, but was also used as a training camp and defense station during World War II, as well as a hospital for leprosy, mentally and chronically ill patients.

It is a pretty island, with a climate a little more extreme than Cape Town; it has a wealth of animals including over 132 different species of birds, 23 species of mammals plus on the boat trip over one can spot, dolphins, whales, seals, penguins etc in the bay.

Nowadays it is known as Robben Island Museum (located only 12 miles of the coast of Cape Town) and it houses a small community, mostly of people who work on the island and day trippers come every couple of hours to experience, understand, and lament the past. [edit text]  [editors]

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