Seals, Robben Island



Seal on jetty at Waterfront
Robbe are seals in Afrikaans. So Robben Island is named after the seals. It was a place to keep prisoners right back to when the first European explorers arrived. Rogue sailors were left there. It was also a leper colony back then.

The most famous modern prisoner on Robben Island was Nelson Mandela. Many tourists do the guided tour of the prison cells and the ferry is often fully booked for days. Many locals prefer not to be reminded of that part of our past.

Robben Island has no water and it never rains there. All water is brought in. In the picture is a seal on the jetty at the V and A Waterfront.

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