City Sightseeing Bus – Hop on Hop off
What better way to explore the beautiful iconic Mother City than on a double decker open top red bus. One can choose from two routes, namely the Cape Town Red City Tour, or Cape Town Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, each with its own unique appeal, ensuring that you stop at all the iconic sights in Cape Town. Why not book a 2 day ticket, which includes a Red City Tour, a Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, with a Wine Bus Tour, Night Sunset Tour to Signal Hill and Canal Cruise from/to the V&A Waterfront.
The City Sightseeing busses have built in ear phone ports where a voice prompt will inform you of all the iconic spots while on tour. The bus will stop at various drop off points where one can hop off and explore and hop on the next bus, which arrives at the designated drop off spots every 15min, so be sure to keep your ticket at hand for access.
Buy tickets at the Tour Office (Stop 1, outside the Two Oceans Aquarium), on the bus (with credit and debit card), or follow the link to book and view prices
The Wine Tram – Cape Winelands
The combination of tram and tram-bus allows passengers to experience a commentary guided tour focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, a complimentary wine tasting, and the activities on offer at each stop – wine tasting, cellar tours, lunches, or simply a stroll through the vineyards – and to continue the tour when they are ready.
The hop-on, hop-off tour departs from the Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket office, located in the centre of Franschhoek Village, and includes six stops: Grande Provence, Rickety Bridge, Dieu Donne, Haute Cabrière, Chamonix and the Huguenot Museum.
Mamre Donkey Trail is a great trail that the kids will love and it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town, just beyond the Blaauwberg Coast. Hop onto the back of a donkey cart and discover the town of Mamre with the help of an accredited guide.
Donkey Trail in the Klein Karoo has a four day, 26km hiking trail in which you follow a route over the Swartberg Mountains from Calitzdorp to Die Hel in the Gamkaskloof Valley. It was once the only link to the outside world when farmers first decided to inhabit this remote valley in 1830. It remained accessible only by foot until 1963.
If you’d like to get up close and personal with an adorable donkey then visit the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor. It is a registered welfare organization for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys that provides a protected and natural environment for them. Visits are by prior arrangement and there are opportunities to brush and groom the donkeys.
Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world producing 75% of all ostrich products worldwide. So if it’s riding an ostrich you’re after, then its Oudtshoorn you’ll want to be heading to.
Oudtshoorn, located in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo and at little more than 4 hours out of Cape Town, is just enough off the beaten path to make you feel like you’ve found a secret place.
If you’re feeling really brave you can try to sit on an ostrich or ride it. Mounting an ostrich is no easy feat. The ‘saddle’ is made of denim and the ostrich has no reins! Riders have to hold onto the ostrich’s wings for dear life and pray that they’ll last a few seconds once the guides let go of the bird.
Then it’s all about trying to stay aboard a speeding bullet before the professional guides grab your arms at the end of a lap, and pull you off…the only way to dismount. What a scream!
Avoid the city rush and take a step back in time by experiencing the Cape Overberg by horse-drawn wagon. The replica pioneer wagons are used to explore the small towns and villages in the Cape Overberg such as Napier and the Elim mission station on the Agulhas Plain.
The wagon trail safaris are ideal for couples or families, where you drive your own dabble wagon, for between two and four days, only on dirt roads in this beautiful country region. Each wagon sleeps two adults, with a fold-out tent which can accommodate two more people.
The food and equipment for all meals is provided, and you cook on open fires, just like they did in the old wagon days.
Horse riding can be done in every region in the Western Cape, but why not experience it in the Cape West Coast. Go galloping on the beach in Paternoster, or on the beautiful rolling plains.
Protective gear is provided if needed for riding, and children are welcome to ride with their parents. There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the scenery, vegetation, bird life and breathtaking sunsets.