Some tour operators are discouraging tourists from visiting Robben Island in Cape Town because of repeated delays in its ferry service, it was reported on Thursday.
Tour guide Peter Pitout told the Cape Times that in one instance his group of tourists was unimpressed after having to sail on an old "rickety boat" that was overloaded.
"The interaction museum hasn't been in operation for months and to really cap it off, they put [tourists] on the rickety Susan Kruger, which takes much longer to get there," he said.
Wilderness Touring general manager Lionel Pead said there were continual complaints about the ferry service. Most tourists booked tours at the company in advance but had to be refunded at times because of ferry delays.
"The island is screaming out for good management," Pead said.
Robben Island Museum spokesperson Shona Khangala told the newspaper the regular ferry, Sikhululekile, was undergoing maintenance required after five years or 7000 hours on the water.