Let Southbound take you back in time and uncover the rich history of a South African icon—Robben Island—a desolate little island off that coast of Cape Town in the bleak Atlantic, that has come to symbolize to the world the very essence of the struggle for freedom.
How the island came to prominence with the arrival of the early Dutch seafarers
How the British took control and used the island as a political prison for the rebellious Xhosa chiefs during the Frontier Wars of the nineteenth century
The island as a military and naval outpost during World War II
The brutal apartheid years
How the prisoners organized the resistance struggle from the inside
Exclusive interview with Matlakana Philemon Tefu—former political prisoner incarcerated for 21 years
Detailed maps, colour photographs, route guides
Comprehensive listings of tours on offer, museums and other places of interest
David Fleminger is a writer and director, working in the media industry for the last 12 years. His passion for travel began as a child, when his family would pile into a motorhome and drive around South Africa for their holidays. His interest in travel writing grew out of an insatiable curiosity about people and history, and his love of the open road. David likes nothing better than to explore obscure byways and has been known to turn a short, 2-hour drive turn into a 12-hour epic—much to the annoyance of his passengers. Nevertheless, he believes that travellers should stop more often and experience the small towns en route.
He has published several travel books that mix history, science and practical travel information in a humorous and accessible package. All his books feature his own photographs. He is the author of five of the World Heritage Site guides and has written two other guide books for 30°South: Lesotho and Swaziland. David’s other books include: Back Roads of the Cape (Jacana Media) and Fair Game—the hidden history of the Kruger National Park.