Things To See And Do With City Sightseeing Cape Town:
The bright red City Sightseeing Cape Town buses have been a common sight in the costal capital for over 10 years. This hop-on hop-off open-top tour lets you explore the city at your own pace in your own time.
RED CITY ROUTE.
This route has 12 stops which collectively provide a simple and essential overview of Cape Town. Set out from the Two Oceans Aquarium and visit the 19th century Clock Tower, Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Long Street Tour Office and 'Jewel Africa'. The Clock Tower was completed in 1882 as office space for the Port Captain. Today it stands as a central landmark on the V&A Waterfront alongside a trove of restaurants and African art shops. The Convention Centre is where you want to be for the city's finest international exhibitions and concerts. The Tour Office is an ideal spot from which to access Greenmarket Square as well as link onto the Blue or Yellow Routes. And Jewel Africa sells the finest (though expensive) South African crafts from a retail outlet situated at picturesque base of Lions Head in the Bo-Kaap district.
After these first five stops the Red Route buses leave the city centre and head out to Table Mountain National Park, where at stop 7 in the heart of the hills you'll be able to disembark at the unmissable Cableway. Hop-off your bus and ascend to the summit of Cape Town's most famous peak. The cable cars feature a state-of-the-art revolving cab that provides 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. Fast track cablecar tickets are available from the driver.
When you've snapped every panoramic shot within view ride back down the green slopes and catch the next bus to Camps Bay. This location south-east of the city centre is one of the best for beach front strolls and is also popular for its trendy shops, restaurants and bars.
The remainder of the Red Route lies along a scenic west coast road behind Signal Hill. The stops on this leg of the sightseeing journey include: the President Hotel, Sea Point, the Winchester Mansions, and Green Point/Urban Park.
BLUE MINI PENINSULA ROUTE.
Though it only has two more stops than its main counterpart the Blue Route is much longer and circles the back of Table Mountain, covering some of the most beautiful locations around Cape Town. Travel out from the city centre via the Foreshore and Long Street Tour Office towards the renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. By hopping-off at this highlight stop you'll encounter what is arguably one of the greatest single showcases of African flora in the world. The 528 hectare estate which the gardens occupy contains around 2,500 plant species native to the Cape Peninsula.
When you're satisfied with your exploration of Kirstenbosch jump on the next bus and visit World of Birds (Africa's largest bird park), Imizamo Yethu Township, and Mariner's Wharf at Hout Bay Harbour. If there's one stop on this leg of the route we'd recommend you disembark at besides Kirstenbosch it'd be the Township. This decades old community beams with authentic Xhosa culture, in fact, the name itself means “our combined effort” in the language. Learn about how the local people transformed their fortunes and turned a former shanty town into a prosperous Cape Town suburb.
After departing Mariner's Wharf the Blue Route bus follows a spectacular coastal route back to Camps Bay, from where it follows the coast through Sea Point back to the Waterfront and CBD.
FREE YELLOW DOWNTOWN ROUTE.
If you want to delve right into the heart of the city centre then exchange onto this secondary route at the Long Street Tour Office stop. It features St George's Cathedral and The Castle of Good Hope, two important city landmarks, as well as two of the city's most visited museums, the South African Jewish Museum and District Six Museum.
FREE PURPLE WINE TOUR.
After departing the Kirstenbosch Gardens on the Blue Route you're next stop doesn't necessarily have to be World of Birds (Stop 22). By getting off at Stop 21 (Constantia Nek) you can link onto a free wine tour of the Constantia Valley. This open-top bus journey through the hillside vineyards has three stops each with their own exciting experiences.
The first wine estate, Beau Constantia, lies within easy walking distance of the initial departure point at stop 21. Take a stroll up to its lush rolling fields and enjoy a wine tasting session in one of its scenic rooms. The views here are particularly great as Beau Constantia looks out across the entire Constantia wine area. Please note that this wine estate is only open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30.
Groot Constantia (Stop 25) is the Purple Route's highlight location. Founded in 1685 it is the oldest commercial wine estate in South Africa. Upon arrival take a walk through the vineyards and explore the Dutch Manor house that sits at its heart. Sprawling wine cellars beneath this elegant building provide illustrious insights into the estate's wine production, as well as its unique flavours. Wine tasting costs at Groot Constantia are not covered in the price of your City Sightseeing ticket, but you will receive discounts (R5) as a holder of one. Costs are as follows:
Wine tasting: R40 per adult. Cellar tour and wine tasting of 5 wines: R50 (adult).
When you're done at Groot Constantia hop-on the next bus and head for the 'Eagle's Nest'. This boutique wine estate is cradled right in the centre of the valley and offers samples of some of the region’s best varieties, such as Viognier, Shiraz, and Merlot. Wine tasting at the Eagle's Nest costs R30 per person. If you like what you try then your City Sightseeing ticket can get you a 5% discount on tasting room wine purchases.