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.