Visitors to Cape Town can soon enjoy the city's first-ever canal tour, as City Sightseeing Cape Town – the company that operates the unmistakable and well-known red double decker open-top buses – launches an exciting new addition to their tour offerings.
The cruise offers the chance to experience the V & A Waterfront from a completely different perspective, and includes a trip through South Africa’s only canal lock before stopping at the One and Only, the City Lodge and the Harbour Bridge before arriving at the Westin and Cape Town International Convention Centre.
From this stop one can opt to jump onto dry land and hop onto one of the City Sightseeing open-top buses to visit a variety of exciting attractions and amenities – from the iconic Table Mountain and the thriving V&A Waterfront, to popular destinations such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Groot Constantia Winelands and Hout Bay with a 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket.
“Cape Town was founded as a harbour city and has a proud nautical history. It makes sense that visitors and locals alike can now take the opportunity to cruise the calm waters of the canal and enjoy the breathtaking views of Cape Town,” says Claus Tworeck, CEO of City Sightseeing Cape Town.
“The City Sightseeing canal cruise offers the opportunity to learn more about the rich and famous that own apartments along this canal and about the significance of this canal in once again joining the Central Business District to our harbour to complete what was once upon a time called the 'Tavern of the Seas' – when ships from all over the world stopped here to get fresh supplies.”
This is a Hop On-Hop Off cruise, with five jetty points; the Two Oceans Aquarium, the One & Only, City Lodge, Harbour Bridge and the CTICC, explains Tworeck.
“You might decide to spend some time at any of the stops along the way and rejoin a later boat, or use the bus and boat combination to connect Stop 1, Two Oceans Aquarium and Stop 3, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in either direction.”
The City Sightseeing canal cruise starts at Jetty 1, outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, which is also Bus Stop 1 and the location of the City Sightseeing ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.citysightseeing.co.za.