This Is The Best Thing You Will Do All Year!

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If you’re a born and bred Capetonian then you will probably think that you know Cape Town like the back of your hand. But the best thing about the Mother City is that she’s constantly surprising you – there’s always something new to discover and marvel at, and today’s find is going to help you do just that! Here’s why you should act like a tourist for a day and hop on board the City Sightseeing’s Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. Trust me, it’s the best thing you will do all year!

A group of friends and I decided to try the tour one sunny Cape Town morning and we absolutely loved it. The best thing about this tour is that it allows you to sit back, relax and explore the Peninsula without the hassle of driving yourself around. Plus, they take you to all the hottest spots in Cape Town so if you’ve got family visiting from overseas or have just moved to Cape Town and want to get to know the city a little better this is the perfect way to do it. And the best bit? It includes a free wine tour (I’ve got your attention now haven’t I?)

To start the tour you can either purchase a ticket at the ticket office, located at the V&A Waterfront Aquarium, or hop on at any of the stops and purchase a ticket on-board the bus. Which means you can start and end your tour wherever you like. We started our tour at the Waterfront and the first bus left bright and early at nine o’ clock. We grabbed a seat at the top of the bus (the best spot by far as it’s an open top bus and you can get a fabulous view of the city from up there), eager to start the journey.

One of my favourite things about the tour is that visitors are encouraged to hop off the bus at whichever stops they wish and hop on again when they are done in that particular spot. The busses come round every twenty minutes so there’s plenty of time to explore as much or as little as you want. The bus stops at fourteen stops in total - including The Mount Nelson Hotel, Kirstenbosch Gardens, World of Birds, Camps Bay’s Beach Road and Hout Bay’s Mariner’s Wharf - and along the way you can listen to the audio guide via headphones and pick up interesting facts about the sites you are taking in.

We decided to focus our attention on the wine tour and jumped off at Constantia Nek for the start of the wine tour. From here we jumped on the wine tour bus which shuttles visitors to Groot Constantia, Beau Constantia and Eagle’s Nest wine farms. We jumped off at Groot Constantia to explore the museums on the farm, grab some lunch at Jonkershuis Restaurant and taste some wine. From there we hopped back onto the bus to head to Eagle’s Nest wine farm – a truly hidden gem in the city! We grabbed one of the tables on the plush green lawns outside the tasting room, and listened to the sounds of the babbling brook as we sampled some incredibly delicious wines (but really, they’re amazing).  We eventually managed to tear ourselves away from Eagle’s Nest at about 16:45 and hopped back onto the bus for the rest of the tour.

After all that food and wine we decided to take it easyand  just enjoy the sights and sounds of the Peninsula. We were whisked down Constantia Nek, around Chapman’s Peak Drive and through Camps Bay for the final part of the tour and I was once again blown away by how beautiful Cape Town is. Seeing it again from the top of the bus was a truly magical experience and I highly recommend it to any local or tourist. We arrived back at the Waterfront at about six o’ clock that evening feeling like we’d explored our little hearts out.

The City Sightseeing’s Blue Mini Peninsula Tour will set you back R150 per person and includes the free wine tour.

Win!

One Lucky Darling stands the chance to win two tickets for the Blue Mini Peninsula tour! Send us your name and telephone number to enter. entries close on Monday, 20th of January, 2014. Read a full list of competition rules here.

By Crystal Espin
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