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January 16, 2013

City Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Cruising. Photo courtesy City Sightseeing

Cape Town's famous open-top bus tours have long been known as one of the best ways to see the Mother City. Whether it's through the bustling streets of the city, along the winding cliffs of the peninsula, or up to one of the most amazing sunset spots on the continent, City Sightseeing Cape Town has it covered. Its big red buses offer tourists the chance to hop on and hop off at the attractions of their choice, whenever they like – and to do so in style!

But Cape Town is not just about roads. It's also an important port city, thanks to its position as a stopover on one of the world's busiest trade routes. The harbour area has great historical significance, and, of course, there's no better way to see it than by boat. City Sightseeing Cape Town now offers canal cruises from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and back, providing an interesting insight into the city's waterways, and some stunning views to boot.

For all the glitz and glam of the V&A Waterfront, it's also a working harbour. The canal stretches its way from this busy facility into the Foreshore area, making stops at the luxurious One&Only Hotel, the Harbour Bridge and finally the CTICC, offering visitors a chance to hop on and hop off along the way. This is particularly useful for those staying at these hotels, or for giving their restaurants a try. The CTICC also hosts many important events, and this is a great way to arrive there!

All aboard! Photo courtesy City Sightseeing

"It's a really different perspective on the Waterfront," says Leanne Pohlmann, who recently took the canal cruise for the first time. "If you are there and you've got an hour to kill, it makes for a great little round trip. And if it's a windy day, the canal cruise is nicely sheltered from it.

"The most interesting discovery for me was the stand-up paddleboarding lessons that you can take in the canal," she says. "The waters are clean and calm, and so it seems like a perfect place to learn how to do it."

Stand-up paddleboards are a popular adventure sport, and the canals offer an easy place to train. However, for those who'd rather sit than stand while in the canal, the City Sightseeing tour provides interesting audio commentary (available in 16 languages) for you to enjoy while relaxing on board!

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and offers great views of Table Mountain, Cape Town's city centre, the V&A Waterfront, and a sneak peek at some of the homes of the rich and famous that line the Waterfront – some apartments even have their own jetty!

Adults pay R30 and kids cost just R10 (or FREE as part of certain City Sightseeing packages).

For more information, or for bookings, contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)86 132 2223 or info@capetown.travel.

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