Freedom Swim – Robben Island

Freedom Swim – Robben Island

Growing up in Sea Point, a suburb of Cape Town, I would often look towards Robben Island and wondered what was going on there.

Like Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Robben Island was a prison.  During the Apartheid era in South Africa, Robben Island held primarily political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 years as a prisoner on there.

Now a destination and museum in Table Bay, Robben Island is a reminder of the dark history of South Africa.

It has also become popular to swim from Robben Island to the mainland and has become known as the Freedom Swim.

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