The former prison island is 12 km from Cape Town in the Atlantic. Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27-year captivity here. Today the island is a nature reserve and a national monument and museum about the history of Robben Island. Ferries to Robben Island depart from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town. For departure times and prices, see link. There are sea birds, seals and penguins on the island. The island is around 3.5 kilometers long and 1.5 km wide. The shortest distance to the mainland is around 8 kilometers.
The small coastal town of Fish Hoek, is located about 35 km to the south of Cape Town, in the province of Western Cape. The colorful painted beach huts are a favorite photo motif. From the beautiful beach you can see the opposite mountain range.
After Louis XIV withdrew all civil rights from the Protestants in France in 1685, the "Huguenots" fled to Protestant countries. The Netherlands, to which South Africa belonged at the time, was Protestant and could use immigration. For this reason, many French came to the Cape region and grew wine around Franschhoeck. The Huguenot Monument, built in 1948, commemorates this time and is a symbol of religious freedom.