Aside from the colour, it might not have much in common with an ambulance. However, the iconic City Sightseeing Red Bus certainly rolls to the rescue when it comes to navigating and enjoying the extraordinary sights of the Mother City with ease.
We understand that orienting yourself in a new place can seem like a daunting task, especially for first time visitors. This is why we recommend a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off tour as one of the first things you do when touching down in the Cape. We say ‘move over London’ and read on about why we love our very own big red ‘HOHO’.
- It conveniently starts at the V&A Waterfront
This is especially handy if you are a guest of Cape Grace as it is in walking distance from the hotel. However, the V&A Waterfront start is a great central location from where to begin for just about anyone and the bus is easy to locate, parked just outside of the Two Oceans Aquarium (another favourite attraction of ours).
- There is audio information in 15 languages
Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Zulu, Chinese, Dutch, English, Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian – they really cover the bases when it comes to languages, so you get to enjoy and appreciate everything about what you are seeing in your mother tongue. There is even a special kiddies channel to keep the smaller ones entertained and engaged throughout your ride.
- You choose your route
Inner city sojourn, peninsula mini tour, or the Constantia Valley, Cape Town’s oldest wine route. The choice is yours – or you could do all of them. Explore the different bus routes, stopping at attractions such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and the Winelands. Hop on, or hop off wherever the mood takes you – and then take the next bus to continue your trip. If you are just starting out, we suggest the City Tour to Table Mountain, a favourite with tourists and locals alike. You will snake through the city streets, make your way up to the wonder of Table Mountain, and swing through the cosmopolitan areas of Camps Bay and Sea Point. Sea views, breathtaking panoramas and downtown excitement – this 11-stop route covers it all.
- The views from the open top double decker
Being on board one of these brightly coloured cruisers is more fun than you can imagine. On sunny days, the views from the open top are incredible, allowing you to soak up Table Mountain, Camps Bay vistas and inner city historic icons with ease – the other cars and obstructions far below. Your stress-free ride also means ample time for selfies and photography.
- There are free walking tours
City Sightseeing offers you an opportunity to explore the city on foot in two different tours – and they are free. Join the Historic City Walk where you will hear interesting stories about the city’s rich history and heritage. Tour highlights include Greenmarket Square, City Hall (where Nelson Mandela made his first speech) and the Company’s Garden (home to the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, circa 1652). Alternatively, take part in the Vibrant Bo-Kaap Walk and get a personal and immersive view of brightly coloured houses – think pink, green, blue and orange. Other tour highlights include Auwal Masjid (the first and oldest mosque in South Africa), the Bo-Kaap Museum and the spicy delights of Cape Malay food.
In short, there is simply no easier or more convenient way to see this magical city.
Where to purchase tickets?
Tickets to all City Sightseeing adventures, tours and packages can be bought online here.
Tel: 021 511 6000 (08:00 – 17:00)
Blog post by Tarah Darge