Cape Point is one of the most majestic promontories in the world, with historic lighthouses set atop towering cliffs, while the ocean swirls far below. It’s an essential stop on any trip to Cape Town, but often leaves the question: what’s the easiest way to get to Cape Point? The answer is the Cape Point Explorer, a luxury air-conditioned double deck coach, operated by City Sightseeing. It’ll take you to Cape Point, taking in some spectacular scenery and great attractions along the way.

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Cape Point
Cape Point.
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The Cape Point Explorer route

The Cape Point Explorer leaves Cape Town in the morning. The bus takes the scenic coastal road through Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. Between June and November, watch out for the calving whales that call the bay home. A guide is on board to answer any questions and show you points of interest along the way. From here, it winds out through Simon’s Town to Boulders Beach. You’ll have the chance to disembark and meet the colony of endangered African penguins that lives here. At Boulders Beach you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk within just a few metres of them, and look on as they feed their young, waddle along the beach, and dash through the clear waters.


From Boulders, the journey to Cape Point continues. You’ll arrive around lunch time, so head to the Twelve Apostles Restaurant for a bite, and one of the most spectacular views in town.  After lunch, get exploring! You can hike, ride the funicular up to the lighthouse, take a short trail to some tiny, secluded beaches, or just breathe the ocean air and admire the views.

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Finally, you can sit back in the air-conditioned coach and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town via Scarborough and Kommetjie, with spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass.

Cape Point Explorer tickets

Tickets are available online or at the City Sightseeing office where the tour departs from. Remember that a City Pass gets you 25% off (along with doscounts and free tickets to over 70 Cape Town attractions).

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Where to meet the bus

The bus departs daily from 9:45am. There are two City Sightseeing stops where you can join the tour: Stop 1 at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, and Stop 5 at 81 Long Street. There is also complimentary pick-up from many of the City Sightseeing bus stops near hotels. You can find out more about this when you book.

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