You've got to love a city sightseeing bus!
08.01.2011 - 13.02.2011 30 °C
Today we caught the 'hop on hop off' tourist bus into Cape Town, which stops close to our hostel. The journey took us along the spectacular coastal road through the exclusive holiday resorts of Camps Bay and Clifton. We had stunning views of Lion's Head at the far end of Table Mountain, and the Twelve Apostles - the granite peaks behind Table Mountain.
In Cape Town, we explored the Waterfront, the part of the docks which has been developed with shops, bars and restaurants. It's now South Africa's number one tourist attraction (with the Kruger Park second and Table Mountain third!)
We found a shady spot in the heat of the day (30 degrees) in Company's Garden, near the St George's Cathedral (where Desmond Tutu was bishop back in the 80s) and had our picnic lunch! Next, we had a look around the 'Slave Lodge', a museum dedicated to the history and experience of slaves in the Cape - a very thought provoking visit.
The sightseeing bus took us back past Constantia (a very affluent suburb where fine wines are produced) and Kirstenbosch (the botanical gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain).
After an exhausting day of sightseeing, we were delighted to return to the hostel for a well earned dip in our pool - yes, we have a pool - budget tourism South African style!!