The centre of Cape Town hasn’t got great public transport and until recently there hasn’t been much choice other than to use your own car, hail expensive taxis or pound the pavements using your own two feet (which is not such a bad idea as the city is remarkably small)! However, things are changing and there are some unexpected ways of getting around Cape Town this summer revealed in our Friday Top 5 slot:
Usually seen buzzing around Bangkok, these 2-seater Tuk Tuk’s have made an appearance in Cape Town. Sponsored by King Cone ice cream, they whizz you from beach to bar for the cost of a King Cone. There are 20 of them around the city until February 2013, in the City Bowl, Sea Point, Green Point, Camps Bay and Bakoven with ad hoc trips to Hout Bay. To catch a ride, flag down the driver with your best royal wave or call 083 641 5453, tweet @Tuksicpt or join the BBM group by inviting 2171028A. Without a King Cone in hand a one-way ride will cost you R 40.
Cape Grace Pedicab
The Cape Grace has its own pedal-power courtesy cab that transports guests around the V&A Waterfront by 3-wheeler bicycle! It’s a smooth ride across the little bridge from the West Quay onto the mainland and into the bustling centre of the V&A Waterfront. It’s not that far to walk but travelling gracefully by pedal-power is such a treat.
One-day and two-day passes allow you to get on and off these fantastic open-top buses as many times as you like for the duration of your pass. It’s a great way to see all of Cape Town without having to drive. The Red Route (every 15 mins) visits 18 stops around the city including Two Oceans Aquarium, Table Mountain, District Six Museum and Castle of Good Hope. The Blue Route (every 25 mins) has 14 stops on a fabulous scenic drive in the city and to outer lying attractions like Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, World of Birds and Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay, Camps Bay beach, Seapoint Promenade and Greenpoint Lighthouse. There are City Sightseeing bus stops all over the city – see here for more details or call: 0861 733 287.
Hire a Scooter
Cape Town Scooter Hire operates a number of reliable 150cc scooters in and around Cape Town. Each bike is fitted with storage in a lockable luggage-box and under the seat. They are are electric-start and easy to ride, but since we know how crazy some Cape Town drivers are, we’d recommend you keep within the city limits. Bikes can be delivered and collected.
MyCiti Bus runs a shuttle to and from the Airport for R57 one way, with the main drop off at the Civic Centre, with an inner-city feeder route, called the Gardens-Civic Centre-Waterfront route costing about R5.30 a ride. There are stops around the city and you can download this pdf map to see where it stops. It’s a card-base system (except the airport route) and you can get a MyConnect card and load it with money from MyCiti Station Kiosks and some retailers. See here for more details.
With all this choice you’ll want to know where to go. Here are our Top 5 places to go as recommended by Cape Grace Chauffeurs. What would be top of your list?