On our first visit to the city, we decided to take a one-size-fits-all tour on board the Hop On, Hop Off bus to experience the Cape Town luxury of exploring without having to drive ourselves. I can highly recommend this way of seeing the city for those who are unfamiliar with getting around here, or just to save the hassle of driving and parking.
Tours to choose from
Since the Red City Tour is hailed as the flagship of Hop On, Hop Off’s services in Cape Town, this is where we decided to start our explorations. One ticket gets you on at 11 stops where you can catch a bus just about every 20 minutes. The buses travel around in a circular route, so if you miss one, you can simply catch the next.
Other available routes are the Wine Route, the Peninsula Tour, Cape Point Explorer and Downtown Tour.
Go topless in the city
The buses leave slightly earlier in summer but we were travelling in Autumn, hoping to experience the ride ‘topless’, from the open upstairs deck of the bus before the winter weather set in.
After walking from our accommodation to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the V&A Waterfront, we set off on the first bus from the Two Oceans aquarium at 8h40 and ambled up the stairs to the roof. This is one of the best ways to still feel a part of the city vibe while travelling around and provides a great 360° view of this amazing city.
Easiest route up Table Mountain
You can stay on the bus or disembark at any point and catch the next one coming by.
We jumped off at Jewel Africa for the free Diamond Tour and then caught the next bus to the Table Mountain Cable Way. We were able to purchase our cable way tickets from the bus driver before we arrived, helping us to jump the very long queue. This has got to be the most hassle-free way to get to the top of Table Mountain that there is.
After our trip to the top we re-joined the tour to enjoy the views over Cape Town’s most popular beaches as we trundled by, hopping off at St John’s Road in Sea Point to enjoy a late lunch. A short stroll to the beach road after lunch took us to Winchester Mansions where we hopped back on board before finally disembarking back at the V&A Waterfront for a little bit of art and culture.
There are so many points of interest along this route that we couldn’t possibly visit them all in one day, but the tour was a great way to get around and enjoy the views of the city from ‘above’. Next time we will purchase a 2-day pass to get even more out of the experience.