See Cape Town from a different perspective.

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With summer in full swing here in Cape Town South Africa, it really isn’t hard to stumble upon some kind of adventure, in fact it is almost expected of you. The perfect weather lures one outside, practically enticing you to do something spectacular, just don’t fight the urge.

There are so many things to see and do in and around Cape Town (other than Table Mountain) and the best way to experience all of this is by taking the City Sightseeing Hop on-hop off bus.
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There are four tour route options available:

Red City Tour:
Tour of the City of Cape Town which incudes Table Mountain, The Castle, District Six, Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront.
Online Ticket Price- Adult: R130 | 5-15yrs: R70 | Under 5: Free

Blue Mini Peninsula Tour:
Tour includes Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Township visit, Hout Bay and FREE Constantia Valley Wine Bus Tour.
Online Ticket Price- Adult: R130 | 5-15yrs: R70 | Under 5: Free

Night Sunset Tour:
Departing in the late afternoon, this tour allows you to experience the famous Atlantic Ocean sunsets with a stop at Signal Hill.
Online Ticket Price- Adult: R90 | 5-15yrs: R50 | Under 5: Free

Canal Cruise:
Experience the Waterfront from a different angle with a lazy cruise down the surrounding canals.
Online Ticket Price- Adult: R30 | 5-15yrs: R10 | Under 5: Free

All busses depart from the Two Oceans Aquarium and offer commentary in 16 languages.
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When I read the brochure, the first thing that caught my eye was of course the “Free Wine Tour” part, so naturally I opted for the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. I can’t think of any better way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning in Cape Town.

With the sun cheerfully gleaming on my face and a crisp morning wind blowing through my hair we made our way through the city. Commentary on all the buildings and historical sites were very interesting and I almost felt like I was missing out each time I removed my earphones to chat to the people next to me.
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After a couple of stops in the city we headed southeast towards the beautiful Kirstenbosh botanical garden. Founded in 1913, this botanical garden consists of mostly indigenous plants and boasts with a spectacular collection of proteas and other fynbos species. It is well worth the stop and if you haven’t been there before you should definitely go and explore its stunning trails.
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Our next stop was the Groot Constantia Wine Estate.  This picturesque historic wine estate is the oldest wine farm in South Africa and it is also here that the first South African wine was produced. After being granted the grounds in 1685, Simon van der Stel the VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, developed the estate by building the house and planting an array of fruit and vegetables. The great Manor and all of it’s outbuildings are still standing and in perfect condition. For a small fee one can enter the house and have a look at how they lived back in 1700’s.

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If you are not easily impressed by historic events, you can just enjoy the award winning wine whilst taking in the beautiful scenery at the restaurant. The food on the menu is delicious and the overall vibe of the place is just magical.
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After a couple of bottles of Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc (I couldn’t get enough) we had to tear ourselves away to move on with our tour and see what else the area had to offer.

Our next stop was the beautiful Eagle’s Nest winery. This farm’s origins can be traced back to 1836. It was used as a refreshment station on the mountain pass known as Constantia Neck, which connects the Wynberg area with the harbour of Hout Bay.

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The vibe here is a bit more laid back and it is easy to spend hours in the beautiful shaded garden by the tasting room. I absolutely fell in love with their Little Eagle Merlot Rosé. It has a fresh taste of ripe berries and is the perfect summer wine.

The wine was flowing and we had an awesome time but I had to find some oily food to still my hunger pains, fortunately our next stop was at the Houtbay pier. Here I found the best calamari & fish combo that I’ve had in ages at a takeaway restaurant called Bistro Wharfette. The beautiful pier with spectacular views of the mountains made the food extra delicious.
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I snapped a couple of pics at the pier but it was getting late, so we decided to head on back to Cape Town. The winding coastal road took us through Camps Bay and Clifton delivering some spectacular views as the sun was setting after a perfect day. This trip was both informative and a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend it to both locals and tourist.

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4 responses to “See Cape Town from a different perspective.

  1. Great stuff! I love Cape Town and if you have guests staying with you the City Sight Seeing buses are the BEST way to explore. You can just drop them off Kirstenbosch Gardens or at any of the other stops and leave them on their own to explore the city at their leisure. It’s a fraction of the price of a taxi and it gives you both a much-needed break from each other.

  2. I’ve just got back from a week in Cape Town – first time visiting cousins there since I was two – and it is the most spectacularly wonderful city. We did many of the things you suggest – great tips – but I thought I’d add one: the concerts that take place in Kirstenbosch at weekends from December to April (I think). Picnicking while listening (and dancing rather badly) to music (it was Mango Groove the night we went) and gazing at the awe-inspiring mountainous backdrop was a magical experience. Cape Town has a laid back, easy going approach that not many people know about and I loved it.

  3. Hi Joanna! Thanks for reading, I am glad you loved Cape Town. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer and you are absolutely right about the concerts at Kirstenbosch. I think I should do a seperate post just about that. I hope you will come back to Cape Town soon.

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