Beautiful Mountains of Cape Town
Catherine and I love sightseeing! We especially enjoy going on these big red sightseeing buses. You can tell from the multiple cities (Cape Town, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Salt Lake City) we have visited and toured all in the same way.
Red Sightseeing Bus: Cape Town, Blue Route
Two years ago Catherine took me on this same bus trip that my family was going on today. I had an amazing time and found it to be a brilliant way to see as much of Cape Town as possible in one day. There are two routes, but the Blue Route is definitely the one to do if you want to get out of the city centre and see more of what Cape Town has to offer.
The mood on these Red tour buses is somewhat strange. Everybody is really excited to be onboard, but there is hardly much talking or visible enjoyment. The reason for this is that as you sit down you plug a set of earphones into a box next to your seats.
There are over 12 languages to pick from, and the facts and information given through the earphones are amazing. You learn so much more about Cape Town while on this tour than you ever could just driving around on your own. We find ourselves quoting the facts now that we have done this tour a couple of times.
We got on the bus at the Waterfront. The last time Catherine and I took this tour we got stranded at the Waterfront because it was the final stop of the bus. Now the buses run later than they used to, but just to be safe, we parked our car here and hopped on.
The route first takes us through the city business district. Like I mentioned earlier, there were a ton of facts and interesting information spoken in our ears the whole way. Cape Town has such a rich history.
Sometimes you never get to see what your own city looks like when you are driving around town. It might be worth it for you to jump on the top deck of a bus and just relax and enjoy the sights.
Even a big bus like ours, manages to manoeuvre around city traffic with little problems. The drivers of these buses must be some serious professionals!!!
The Purple Turtle
The Purple Turtle is a legendary bar on Long Street. This bar has gone through many changes over the years and thorough every stage possible in music.
The decor and food at Mama Africa is beyond compare in Cape Town.
We love the name of this place because it is Cat (Catherine) and Moose (Catherine’s Dad) Backpackers. Cat and Moose are their respective nicknames! How fun!!
After some driving through town, the bus heads up Buitengracht Road and then comes out onto Orange street, where you get an amazing view of Table Mountain.
Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most famous hotel which opened in 1899. Every Sunday you can go attend the celebrated “High Tea” on the terrace or gardens for R225.
The bus then joins onto the M3 highway and it begins to circle Table Mountain and head around to the back side of the mountain.
The views of the city are great as you drive further and further up the foothills of Table Mountain. There in the left of the picture is Signal Hill. You can see more about Signal Hill and the view from our visit to the top.
A view of the harbour and the bay surrounding Cape Town and it’s suburbs.
Devil’s Peak is a famous mountain peak separate from Table Mountain, although from many angles it looks to be apart of it.
As you are cruising along the M3 you come to Mostert’s Mill.
Mostert’s Mill is a small tower-mill with a reveloving cap that allows the sails to be turned into wind. this type of mill is called a Grond Zeile. This windmill is the only working windmill in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. In the beginning windmills were constructed at the Cape were often damaged by strong winds. Mostert’s Mill was erected in 1796 and survives to this day as a monument to the early builders of windmills in the Colonial days.
Pictures never do this mountain justice. You must see it to witness its true beauty!
This is part of the Table Mountain National Park. We were told that in this area we can see many wild animals like zebras, springboks, etc…
Unfortunately for us, we didn’t get a glimpse of any 🙁
Just a lot of chopped down trees. This must be where they get all the firewood for the braai’ing.
Also along the M3 is the Rhodes Memorial. You can check out our trip here from another day.
The main campus of the University of Cape Town sits at the bottom of Table Mountain. What a great view they get everyday when they look out their windows! How could you ever go to class with such wonderful weather in Cape Town? Everyday could be a beach day!
That’s me there, next to the cowboy hat!
As downtown Cape Town disappears we make our way to the back side of the mountain. The roads narrow and the greenery surrounds us. At this point we got of at the next stop on the bus, which was the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Stay tuned and read about the great time we had there…