City Sightseeing Bus Tour in Cape Town

The iconic hop on hop off red bus is a common sight throughout Cape Town! City Sightseeing Bus Tour in Cape Town.

This is because the City Sightseeing Bus is undoubtedly one of the more convenient and enjoyable travel modes for visitors and locals to immerse themselves in the bustling cosmopolitan city centre.

Or spend a day discovering the unique landscapes of Table Mountain, Atlantic and Indian Ocean peninsula, and world-renowned wine farms.

The Blue Mini Peninsula Tour travels throughout Cape Town, and stops at numerous attractions. The assortment of stops along this route are designed to give every traveller an opportunity to experience what is uniquely Cape Town, and according to individual preferences.

For example, hop off at Imizamo Yethu and partake in the township walk; or alternatively, amble through the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Red Line Tour

The Purple Wine Tasting Tour is City Sightseeing Bus designed to provide users with a distinctively Cape Town wine-tasting experience on the slopes of Table Mountain, but a mere15 minutes from the central city.

There are three stops at top wine farms, including the oldest wine farm in South Africa, Groot Constantia. Take a stroll around the farm, partake in wine tasting, or enjoy a lunch on the terrace of City Sightseeing Bus.

There are three stops at top wine farms, including the oldest wine farm in South Africa, Groot Constantia. Take a stroll around the farm, partake in wine tasting, or enjoy a lunch on the terrace of top restaurant, Jonkerhuis.

If you would prefer to catch some sun, visitors can purchase a picnic basket and relax under age-old oak trees.

Blue Line Tour

The Yellow Downtown Tour provides users with a convenient and elevated view of the city centre. The stops are conveniently placed near to museums, historical buildings, and top restaurants, bistros and bars throughout Cape Town CBD.

This is perhaps one of the best ways of exploring the city and of experiencing the energy which is unique to Cape Town.

A new route recently launched offers an alternative wine tour in the award-winning wine regions of Franschoek and Stellenbosch.

Orange Line Tour

Additionally, the tour commences with a stop in Blouberg, giving tourists an opportunity to capture on camera the iconic view of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devils Peak by City Sightseeing Bus.

This tour includes wine tasting and cellar tours, and provides visitors with the chance to explore the historical French Huguenot town of Franschoek.

Book one of the four tours offered here, and travel to Cape Town’s myriad of top attractions.

Fireman’s Arms

Fireman’s Arms welcomes you with the ambiance of an old English pub; the dark, rich polished wooden bars and tables, memorabilia such as fireman’s helmets, an old ladder, a fireman’s pole, and snippets from sport history, make you think back to a time of old.

Established in 1864, firemans-arms is one of the finest and oldest pubs in Cape Town providing fine beers and wines with exquisite food and light meals. The pub has undergone renovations and improvements over the years while keeping the original building and ambiance, it offers high definition viewing and big screen events to it’s patrons while offering exceptional service in a relaxing and traditional setting.

The firemans-arms provide spectacular viewing in full high definition on all 9 46″ flat screen panels as well as 2 big screens for all major sporting events with digital sound to match. Wireless internet access is available in all area’s of the venue, there are smoking and non smoking area’s all of which provide ample viewing area’s of the flat panel displays. Private functions and event can be arranged on request, additional information on events and functions can be found on the site.

If you ever find yourself in need of refreshment, come to Fireman’s Arms, come thirsty. We have a selection of more than 25 beers on tap, great specials and a large variety of beverages which include speciality coffees. Indulge your beer addiction, who knows it might help you pluck up the courage to climb to the top of our fireman’s pole to leave your mark, as you sign the ceiling.

What’s a good pub without some grub? We turn up the heat with blazing, hearty meals that hit the spot. Our homemade pies are in a class of their own. The Fireman’s Pie is strictly for the brave, it doesn’t get hotter than this. Fill the hole in your tummy with starters, foccacia, homemade soups, salads, mains that range from steak, to pies, curry, fish and chips and pizza. Why not try out our thin gluten free pizza base? Get creative with a range of decadent toppings including escargot. Whatever you end up having, leave room for dessert!

Theatres of Cape Town

There are those people who know what the exhilirating feeling of theatre productions are, and those who have never experienced them. The Mother City is packed with restaurants and theatres of different magnitudes. Due to the high creative energy contained within Theatres of Cape Town the popularity of live productions, whether it be a ballet, a remake of old tales, a stand up or real life reinaction that will keep you on the edge of your seat, there is definitely no shortage to the phenomenal shows that the mother city has for you on display. Below is a list of five of the greatest theatres that Cape Town has to offer. Make a point to go and see the next show on offer at one of these incredible theatres, you will not regret it.

Artscape Theatre Centre

The Artscape brings only the highest level of absolute excellence in the performing arts to the entire mother city. Sporting world class high tech sets as well as making sure that all productions are clothed in locally made period and modern costumes alike. The Artscape boasts not only one magnificently designed area for productions but four large areas. The first and foremost being the exquisite Opera House, the auditorium area seats 1487 people with provisional space for two wheelchairs alone, the stage area is phenomenally large and consists of a main stage, a rear stage and two side stages. The orchestra pit has a phenomenal capacity to hold between 75 to 80 musicians. The technical side is of the highest in its class. The second area available is the Theatre which can hold up to 540 people if the orchestral pit is not in use. The stage is divided into the main stage, rear stage as well as a left hand side stage. The orchestra pit if in use can hold up to 23 musicians but then reduces the seating of the theatre to approximately 520 people. Thirdly, the Arena which was originally the right hand stage for the Theatre stage. The Auditorium seats 139 people and also has a small cosy bar type area which is perfect for exhibitions as well as private functions. The entire area encompassed by the Artscape is approximately 14 000 square metres. It is a giant in the performing arts world and delivers only the cream of the crop with every production seen within its walls. Make sure to visit their website for more information on upcoming productions and have your world changed. www.artscape.co.za

The Fugard Theatre

Receiving a Tony Award for a lifetime achievement in theatre, Athol Fugard has been the most prominent and significant playwright in South Africa, being internationally recognised for his brilliant work which reflected the raw reality of Apartheid, encompassing the barbarity of its existence as well as the racism and inhumanity. This is where the name originates and the theatre proudly carries Athol Fugards name in all that it portrays on its stage. Situated just off Buitenkant street in Caledon street, right in the CBD, The Fugard theatre sports a cosy ground floor bar which is always open two hours before any productions. There is both a theatre as well as a highly equipped bioscope. There are always incredible productions on so make a point to visit their website www.thefugard.com and make a night of it.

The Baxter Theatre

The Baxter theatre has quite a phenomenal history which reaches into the heart of the Apartheid era. Built in 1976, the Baxter theatre has seen many multi racial productions but is perhaps even more famous in South Africa for its production of Miss Julie which in 1985 saw South Africa’s first ever multi racial kiss on stage. The Baxter Theatre presents a first class highly equipped theatre with concert hall, as well as rehearsal rooms and a studio stage. There is a lovely little restaurant and an exquisitely spacious foyer. There are multiple bars in the Baxter and the entire feel of the place echoes the rich cultural history mixed in with the artistic vibrance of the legends who have frequented its walls. There is always something to tickle everyones fancy on at The Baxter theatre so definitely check out their website at www.baxter.co.za.

The Labia

Even though The Labia Theatre, which is situated in Orange Street in Gardens was opened by a Princess Labia in 1949 as a theatre for staging live performances, the theatre prides itself on airing alternative reels of art for the discerning viewer. It is a theatre nonetheless and has an extremely rich old world ambience locked within its walls. Perhaps it is because it began as an Italian Embassy Ballroom before any theatre productions were even thought of. One must take note that the type of shows that are aired at The Labia theatre will awaken and inspire, stir something within each person as the theatre only picks the most incredibly moving pieces to show to their audience. The Labia theatre always has fantastic offers and specials on, so if you want to have your reality shifted a little, or your soul moved an inch then make sure to check out their website on www.thelabia.co.za

The Rosebank Theatre

Situated in the heart of Rosebank, the Rosebank Theatre is a fairly new theatre, opened in 2013 under its current name and refurbished from being The Actors College of Theatrical Arts. Renowned theatre actor, theatre director and producer Nicholas Ellenbogen together with acclaimed writer Alexander McCall Smith were the founders of the new Rosebank theatre. Even though the theatre requires you to bring enough cash to purchase tickets as to date they have not instilled a card system for payment, it is completely worth it. Many have frequented the hallways of this incredibly humble yet superbly creative theatre including the likes of the phenomenal and beloved Pieter Dirk Uys or better known as his character Evita Bezuidenhout as well as many other acclaimed South African theatre stars. Make sure to definitely visit their website www.rosebanktheatre.com be prepared to be inspired.

 

Cape Town Weather Basics

It must be said that the mother city usually has no common decency to keep your hair in the same style that you walk out the house with. Winds in Cape Town Weather Basics have been known to reach up to excessively Gale-force speeds and the nickname for these types of insane winds that blow you round the corner without you lifting a foot is ‘the Cape Doctor’. There have been severe storms which are mainly linked to cold front and low pressure systems that move from the West to the East, however these occur mainly in the Winter months.

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Cape Town Day Sailing Experience

What if you could spend a whole day immersed in the basic beauty of sailing the open seas with one of the most prestigious, largest RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and SAS (South African Sailing) training centres in the Southern hemisphere? Cape town day sailing experience feel the wind in your hair and the sea salt on your skin, as Ocean Sailing Academy gives you this phenomenal opportunity.

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The Twelve Apostles

Keeping a watch over Camps Bay from the Table Mountain range is the grand twelve apostles. The Twelve Apostles only actual reference to the original twelve apostles is the Judas peak that crowns Hout Bay, otherwise the 17 differently shaped buttresses are not named after the twelve apostles at all.

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The Table Bay Hotel

Part of The Sun International Group, and one of the leading hotels of the world, The Table Bay Hotel is royalty right in the heart of the V&A Waterfront.

Opened by the late President of South Africa, and Father to the Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela in 1997, this hotel offers an atmosphere of excellence unparalleled. Continue reading “The Table Bay Hotel”

Golden Arrow Bus Service!

Safe, reliable and cost effective transport that provides a fleet of modern, clean and well kept busses, driven only by the highest experienced drivers and ensuring your satisfaction is something the golden-arrow-bus-service achieves, and has achieved for the last 150 years.

With an exceptionally long and intricately interesting history, Golden Arrow Bus Service has shown steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to the people and their needs. With over 700 MAN busses in the fleet, Golden Arrow’s bulk being MAN lion explorer brand, which are designed for the South African climate and road conditions yet they are manufactured to exact European standards of perfection.

Golden Arrow serves 1300 routes which covers an approximate area of 2460Km² within the metropolitan of Cape Town. The approximation of passengers transported daily during the week is 220 000 passengers to date, annually Golden Arrow Bus Service fleet travels 59.4 million kilometres and transports approximately 51.8 million passengers.

The busses used by Golden Arrow Bus Service are modern and immaculate, the drivers are always friendly and ready to assist with a smile. For timetables and ticket tariffs go to their easy to navigate website.

Cape Town Train Lodge

Step into an exquisitely unique 1950’s revamped vintage train coach and spend a night or two with exhilarating views of Table Mountain. The décor is simplistic yet immaculate. The feeling is somewhat surreal, as you seat yourself on black leather couches between two coaches.

Cape Town Train lodge is in fact a backpackers, and offers dormitory space as well, suitable for large groups. Situated in the City Centre of Cape Town, this one of a kind dream like lodge is close to all amenities and the rates are definitely affordable. With a lovely train coach style Rail Bistro Restaurant and fully equipped Cocktail Bar, even an evening dinner here is an experience that should be on your bucket list. Other facilities that they offer are:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Braai/BBQ facilities, spacious enough for outside functions
  • Cigar lounge, bar area with two large flat screen televisions
  • Laundry service
  • Public telephones, this keeps with the style of the atmosphere as well
  • 24hr security
  • Safe and secure parking

It is only in Cape Town where all these little secret gem experiences hide; Cape Town Train Lodge is one of those gems. Their website http://train-lodge.co.za has an exquisite gallery and more information regarding bookings or general information and history.

 

 

Life Kingsbury Hospital

Life Kingsbury Hospital ! In amongst the world class services that this exquisite hospital has to offer there are

  • 227 beds,
  • 12 theatres,
  • a 14 bed intensive care unit,
  • 28 bed maternity unit with video security facilities, with an added Mother and Baby clinic.
  • 5 bed high care unit.
  • Vascular and Neurology Unit, with vascular theatre.
  • 12 bed neonatal unit, with state of the art monitoring and life support equipment, ensuring any neonatal emergency will be taken care of.
  • An orthopaedic unit, committed to joint replacement specialized surgery including neck, back, knee, foot and hand.
  • A Bariatric Surgery Unit.
  • 24hr accident and emergency unit with 24/7 Doctor on duty for full-specialized cover.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hospital.

Address: Wilderness Road, Claremont, Cape Town, 7700

Tel: 021 670 4000

Email: Olivia.carney@lifehealthcare.co.za