Cape Town has recently been voted the fifth most ‘Instagrammable’ city in the world. It’s easy to see why; with all its scenic locations we are truly spoiled with photography options. But how do we get to all these great Instagram photo spots in Cape Town?

The City Sightseeing Cape Town hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect way for both tourists and locals to explore the Mother City. We hopped on the popular Cape Town red bus in December to do the Mini Peninsula tour which takes you from the city centre all the way to Hout Bay and back along the picturesque Victoria road. These are some of the places you can visit on the Mini Peninsula tour.


Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Located on the lower slopes of Table Mountain you’ll find the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, one of the most popular places to visit in Cape Town and the first stop on the City Sightseeing Mini Peninsula tour. Take a walk on the 130m long Boomslang through the treetops 12m above ground. You can also have a picnic on the lush green lawns or eat at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room and Moyo restaurants. Kirstenbosch is perfect for both couples and families alike.


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Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Visit the oldest wine estate in South Africa to taste its award-winning wines. Groot Constantia was founded in 1685 and is the most historic wine estate in South Africa. You can learn more about the estate and its history by doing the Visitors Route Experience – a self-guided tour. They also offer a delicious chocolate and wine pairing and if you’re feeling peckish afterwards, sit down for lunch at their Jonkershuis or Simon’s restaurant.


Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay

If you happen to be doing the Mini Peninsula City Sightseeing bus tour on a Saturday or Sunday, why not pop into the vibrant Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. The market is situated at the Hout Bay Harbour with the popular Fish on the Rocks restaurant right across from it. Expect everything from arts and crafts to a wide variety of food options to suit every taste and incredible sea and mountain views. There’s also a live band to keep you entertained!

Chinchilla Rooftop Café, Camps Bay

Situated on the second floor of the Promenade Building on the Camps Bay Strip, Chinchilla is the ultimate spot for cocktails in Camps Bay. The view from the café over Camps Bay beach is magnificent and stretches as far as Lions head and the 12 Apostles. The deep house tunes played by the resident DJs adds to its great overall vibe and one cannot but relax and unwind. An awesome cocktail menu is what sets this café apart from the rest.


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Beautiful day in the Mother City?

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Sea Point Promenade

Another favourite on the list of family-friendly things to do in Cape Town is a walk on the Sea Point Promenade. The promenade provides hours of fun for all ages and guarantees a good time with lots of photos to prove it! Test your fitness level at the outside gym, take a dip in the Sea Point public swimming pool, play some putt-putt or hire a bicycle and take a ride next to the sea.


V&A Waterfront

There’s probably a 101 things to do at one of the biggest Cape Town attractions – the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Make this the last stop on your City Sightseeing bus tour and take a ride on the Big Wheel to savour the stunning views of Cape Town. You can also let the kids play to their hearts content at PlayDate SuperPark situated at The Watershed. Alternatively, they can also visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and marvel at the fascinating marine life.


Where to buy City Sightseeing bus tickets

Tickets can either be bought online or at one of the many City Sightseeing offices around Cape Town. The red bus prices are normally R220 (adult) for the Classic hop-on hop-off tour and R490 (adult) for the Premium hop-on hop-off tour. However, Sightseeing bus Cape Town specials are regularly run on their website and prices are currently discounted online to R200 and R300 respectively for the two popular tours.


Author: Gaynor

Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

2 Replies to “City Sightseeing Bus Mini Peninsula Tour

  1. The Mini Peninsula Tour is my favourite route to do on the hop on hop off bus when I am in Cape Town! I love stopping at each wine farm in Constantia for a few wine tasters :) By the end of the day you forget where you are but then the final stop at the V & A Waterfront is a gentle reminder you’re in Cape Town ;) I loved this post!

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