Robben Island

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 550 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 very unfavourable high low
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Site summary
Robben Island is South Africa's largest coastal island and lies 11 km from Table Bay harbour in Cape Town. This oval 5 x 2 km island rises 30 m above sea level at its highest point. The island contains African Penguins Spheniscus demersus and large numbers of breeding Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Robben Island. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.