Nelson Mandela, Robben Island and South Africa

Robben Island

As you may have heard, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben island near Cape Town for 18 years.  Moses, a former political prisoner just 41 years old, conducted a very interesting tour of Mandela’s very small prison cell and his life on the island.  Another tour guide showed us the quarry in which Mandela and other prisoners were forced to quarry lime with pick and shovel.  It’s amazing that the atrocity of apartheid existed until 1994.  What’s really impressive is that Mandela and other prisoners preached love instead of seeking revenge.  Now declared a national historic park, Robben Island has a colony of African Penguins (really cute) as well as Ostriches and Springboks (the national animal).  We also had great views of Cape Town to and from the island.  A MUST see when in Cape Town.

Prison Mural

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About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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