House Boats Accommodation Near Robben Island
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Robben Island is a tiny island measuring 574ha and located roughly 11km offshore of Cape Town in Table Bay. The island means many things to many people. Prior to 1994, it was mostly a place of suffering and last used as a maximum security prison for political prisoners.
Over the centuries, Robben Island was used as a refreshment station, as a place of banishment, a remote leper colony and lunatic asylum. Here, authorities were successfully able to remove the sick, the abandoned and the criminal from Cape Town society. During WWII, Robben Island was somewhat of a strategic defence site and several old military buildings lie in ruin across the island.
From the late 1400s, Portuguese sailors would stop at Robben Island to slaughter seals, penguins and collect eggs, but it was the Dutch who, over a century later, named the place Robben Island after the many seals resident on the island.
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About House Boats
Guests truly make their accommodation and integral part of their holiday when they opt to stay in a houseboat. There is a wide variety of options when it comes to Houseboating. For guests with seafaring experience, and a skippers licence, there is the opportunity to commandeer your own boathouse, and enjoy the flexibility and freedom it offers. These smaller boathouses can sleep up-to five people and offer basic amenities for self-catering. For guests wanting or willing to let someone else do the boating there are both economy and luxury houseboating options to choose from. Economy is ideal for larger groups, and guest who want a more hands-on approach to their holiday. Guests preferring smaller groups, or wanting to simply take in the experience, luxury is the way to go. Extra’s on a luxury houseboat include full ensuite cabins, all meals made by the boats chef, and full deluxe amenities.