Sunday 3 August 2014

See Cape Town with the City Sightseeing Red Bus

This is my 3rd visit to Cape Town and having travelled here by train, I’m without transport, but what better way to travel than by the City Sightseeing Hop on – Hop off Red Bus.

I will add at this point that this is NOT a sponsored post, and although I’m from the UK, I’ve lived in Pretoria for nearly 4 years and being able to walk around safely and travel on public transport, it has become a novelty to me, to be enjoyed.

The teenager did his best today with Mum in Cape Town, he wasn’t too enthralled with the idea of going on a bus tour and even less about a guided walk, but he showered and trudged after me to Long Street to the Hop on - Hop off Red Bus.

I booked a 2 day adult ticket the night before online, but when I reached the payment page, it only charged me for 1 adult ticket. On arrival at the ticket office I was informed that on weekends, U15s travel free. Although they don’t get the benefit of all the extras included with the 2-day ticket.

We got on the blue route bus at 10am, we got off at Hout Bay and saw seals. Walked from stop 10 to stop 11 at Sea Point, disembarked at the 2 Ocean aquarium at the V & A Waterfront, had a spot to eat and then travelled to the CTICC by boat along the canal and walked the short journey back to the hotel arriving back at 2.30pm.

I’m afraid I left the teenager in the hotel and returned to Long Street to join the Bo-Kaap walking tour for 3pm, which lasted an hour.

The commentary on the bus was informative and easy to listen to, head phones were provided free of charge and a new pair was issued to each passenger, there was also a commentary available on the canal trip and the guide on the walking tour was knowledgeable and engaging.

The cost of my ticket was R230 and I have a 2nd days use left for me tomorrow and an additional R20 for sons canal trip. I had a latte at the end of the tour and I’m using the free Wi-Fi to write this blog post and upload the photos.

I will be booking the Johannesburg & Soweto tour for when my eldest son and his girlfriend come to visit in September and I look forward to seeing how the 2 tours differ.

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