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March 26, 2013

City Sightseeing Blue Route: an affordable way to explore some of the Cape Peninsula

The City Sightseeing Blue Route double-decker bus tour is probably the most affordable and efficient way to explore parts of the Cape Peninsula, including attractions such as the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Groot Constantia wine estate, the World of Birds, Hout Bay, Camps Bay, Sea Point and various parts of the Cape Town city centre.

Whether you've lived in Cape Town for years or you're just visiting for a day, this tour offers excellent value for money and you will learn a lot from the recorded commentary, as well as the staff on the bus.

If you buy your tickets online, they cost R120 for adults and R70 for children under the age of 16. This is a lot cheaper than taking metred taxis to these attractions, and the beauty of the City Sightseeing bus is that you can jump on and off as often as you like on the day for which your ticket is valid.

Below are some photos of places where the bus stops along the route.

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Photo courtesy Damien du Toit

The Cape Town International Convention Centre hosts conferences, seminars and numerous big events throughout the year. From here, you can also jump on to the City Sightseeing Canal Cruise to the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town Tourism's Visitor Information Centre

Cape Town Tourism's Visitor Information Centre in Burg Street is where you can pop in for all the information you need about visiting Cape Town, such as where to stay, what to see and do, where to eat and so on.

You can also phone +27 (0)86 132 2223 or send an email to info@capetown.travel for information.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is widely rated as one of the most beautiful in the world, and is a great place to have a picnic or a cup of tea. The 528ha garden is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a massive number of indigenous plants and birds.

Groot Constantia wine estate

Photo courtesy slack12

The New York Times listed Constantia as one of 46 places to go in 2013 and Groot Constantia is one of the fine wine estates that played a part in this. The estate dates back to 1685 and remains a superb place to taste wine, have lunch and enjoy some super scenery.

The World of Birds

Photo courtesy Damien du Toit

With more than 3 000 birds, the World of Birds in Hout Bay is the largest bird park in Africa. A number of other animal species also reside here, providing great photographic opportunities.

Imizamo Yethu township

Photo courtesy Carlos A. Hernandez

In the townships of Cape Town, a R10 note is called a "tiger" and a R5 coin is called a "half tiger". Find out why and learn some other interesting facts about township life, by taking a tour of the Imizamo Yethu township, which is arranged by City Sightseeing.

Hout Bay harbour

Photo courtesy Lehva

Hout Bay harbour is a great place for checking out African curios, seeing seals up close and taking fantastic photos of colourful yachts and beautiful backdrops. If it's a Saturday, a visit to the Bay Harbour Market is highly recommended. 

Camps Bay

It's not difficult to work out why celebrities from around the world buy property in Camps Bay. Hit the beach for some sun or explore the restaurants and bars along the Camps Bay strip.

Sea Point

Photo courtesy Damien du Toit

The promenade in Sea Point is one of the best places for walking in Cape Town and there is a great buzz in this area, regardless what time of day it is.

The V&A Waterfront

Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

The City Sightseeing ticket office is situated outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront.

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