Robben Island - South Africa
Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 7.5 kilometres west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It takes its name from the Dutch word for seals, hence the Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland, which translates to Seal Island.
Robben Island April 4-8 April 2022
Mermaid Laura Reineke & Fellow Henley open water swimmer Lee Sudan will swim from Robben Island to Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. An extreme 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) open water swim, in shark infested, cold water!
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of exile where rulers sent those they regarded as outcasts and troublemakers.
The island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.
Robben Island's most famous inmate was Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned on the island for 18 years.