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Picturesque Cape Town: Things to See

''Best time to visit: Oct & Nov, just before the onset of summers. Dec-Feb are also good.''

Pl note, December - February are the summer months here. The days are hot but travelling during this time may not be inconvenient as the humidity is not much. Travel Tip for summers: Use enough sun block and you are good to go.
June to August, which are the winter months here are rather avoidable as one, it rains and two, it gets very cold at night.
For cheaper deals: Plan a trip between March and May. By this time, it generally starts raining and the weather also gets cooler.

Best bus services for City Sightseeing Cape Town : Hop on – Hop off.
website - www.citysightseeing-blog.co.za
phone no - 021511600

This is the best and cheapest way to go around the beautiful city of Cape Town. One needs to purchase a whole day ticket (available at a reasonable price) from the Ticket Office located at a central point in Cape Town – the famous Two Ocean Aquarium, near the V&A waterfront. There are two tours originating from the same point, The Red City Tour and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. One can use his/her ticket for the day for a particular route to travel by the same route infinite times during that day. The buses are frequent. One can get down at any stop, and later continue onward journey on another bus of the same route. The two routes cover almost all the sightseeing spots of Cape Town.

Red City Tour : It includes 17 stops including famous Two Ocean Aquarium, Convention Centre, St Georges Cathedral, Table Mountain Cable way and Camps Bay (seashore with the on-looking cape). I have been on the Red City Tour and have thoroughly enjoyed the winter of Cape Town, comfortably positioning myself on a seat on the roof of the bus! I also used this bus service to visit Table Mountain.

Blue Mini Peninsula Tour : It has an equally luring route with a bifurcation midway to incorporate a Wine Tour. I have not been on this tour but interested visitors may check the website for details.

African Eagle : They organise several tours including the marvellous all day peninsula tour.
Website - www.daytoursco.za Email – daytours@aecpt.co.za,
phone no – 021 464 4266, fax – 021 477 6300
One can opt for private cars or public vehicles, too.

The tours organised by African Eagle : • Township and city Tours.
• Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope there are options of full day and half day trip which began at 8 am and ended at 6 pm. (I went for the full day trip). It took us on a trip around the peninsula to Clifton and Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Penguin Colony, Simin’s Town, Constantia, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The vehicle was very comfortable and the guide was extremely friendly and cordial.
• The winelands
• Cape Town Safari
• The garden Route (very famous)
• Kruger Safari (my trip to Kruger National Park was organised by Club7)

Table mountain National Park : It is one of the biggest attractions of Cape Town. One of the 7 wonders of the world, this national park can be visited on foot (through a trek route) or via the cableway.
It is known for its bio-diversity. View of the ocean from the flat top of the mountain is breathtaking.
The bookings for the cable way can be made online from all over the world! Online bookings save the pain of standing in the cue for the cable-car tickets.
Robben Island Museum – the triumph of human spirit – UNESCO – world heritage Centre!
This island houses the stories of the brave fighters for democracy and equality in South Africa.
This is the island, located in the Atlantic Ocean, where Nelson Mandella and several fighters were imprisoned and tortured!
A tour around the island and the prisons, gives one a true glimpse into the sufferings of the great souls. The tickets for Robben Island museum can also be bought online and it is recommended to plan the trip and book the tickets beforehand (limited number of tickets are sold per day and the tickets are very much in demand).
Besides its humanitarian and historical significance, the tour to Robben Island gets a brownie point because it offers a sail from Cape Town to Robben Island on the Atlantic Ocean! The shores of Robben Island also offer a picturesque view of Cape Town against the lofty Table Mountains!


Source / Review By : Pallavi Banerjee

Pallavi, a Clinical Psychologist, works as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Bethune College, Kolkata

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