Table Mountain and Cape Town, viewed from the shores of Robben Island.
Rusted carcass of a shipwreck lies on the shores of Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town in background.
The majestic beauty of Table Mountain, a mere 15km away, stands in stark contrast to the barbed wire and dreary prison confines of Robben Island.
Robben Island lighthouse, built 1863
Front entrance gate to the officers quarters on Robben Island, first used by the military, then by prison officials.
Lion's Head and Cape Town seen from the shores of Robben Island.
Shells found on the shores of the island.
Shores of Robben Island. Lion's Head visible in the distance.
A small pond on the far side of Robben Island, colored red from the mineral content of the soil, was used as a bathing pool by lepers.
A large colony (40,000) of African penguins on Robben Island
Prison with Table Mountain in the background
The Anglican Church on the island was built in 1841
Entrance to prison with Table Mountain in background
Nelson Mandela's cell while imprisoned on Robben Island
Robben Island prison
Nelson Mandela's prison cell window
Nelson Mandela's prison cell while imprisoned on Robben Island
Interior of the Karamat (Muslim shrine), built over the grave of Hadje Matarim, an Islamic priest who was imprisoned on Robben Island in the mid 1700s.
Limestone quarry where prisoners worked, took shelter from the sun, had lunch and strategised.
Nelson Mandela's cell
Barricks used by prisoners
The quad. The courtyard where prisoners spent most of their time while imprisoned on Robben Island
The quad. The courtyard where the prisoners spent most of their time while imprisoned on the island.
Prison guard tower
Abandoned prison door
A window into the past showing apartheid prisoners arriving at the island.
Historic photo of apartheid prisoners
Historic photo showing day of freedom for apartheid prisoners
Former apartheid prisoners now work as museum guides, giving talks relating their experiences while imprisoned on the island.
Approaching Robben Island
Robben Island with Table Mountain and Cape Town in the background