I was trying not to over plan the trip so didn't notice the recommendation to book tickets to Robben's Island in advance since they sell out- OOPS! Sold out for the NEXT 5 DAYS!!! :-(
Since I had time and wasn't going to leave defeated and disappointed, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask if there were any last minute cancellations. A hour wait later, 3 marathons missed the ferry while stuck in traffic scouting the route--- their loss, my gain!
So in addition to taking a tour of Cape Town and seeing all the idyllic beaches, I also saw Nelson Mandela's teeny tiny cell. Our tour guide was a former political prisoner who had spent 7 years in the prison as a cook for the 800 inmates. I'll give it to the South Africans, they certainly don't sugar coat Apartheid (but I guess that would be tough one!)