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Robben Island with view of Cape Town, South Africa (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)

Heritage sights to treasure

There’s more to Cape Town than the picture-perfect views and rolling vineyards. In celebration of Heritage Month, we take a closer look at some of the city’s most popular destinations and landmarks.

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Described by the late Nelson Mandela as “the harshest, most iron-fisted outpost in the South African penal system”, Robben Island has come to symbolise a triumph of the human spirit.

Now a living museum and World Heritage Site, the 574-hectare island has functioned as a pantry, hospital, whaling station, mental asylum, leper colony, military camp and maximum-security prison. The landmark is an icon of the South African liberation struggle, serving as a tangible reminder of the past and a symbol of hope for the future.

Take the Get Your Guide Township and Robben Island Combination Tour to get an overview of Mandela’s struggle against apartheid and how those affected by the ruthless regime continue to fight for a better life today.Highlights of the full-day tour include visiting the Gugulethu Seven and Amy Bieh

l memorials in Gugulethu as well as a viewing of the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of his 27-year incarceration.


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