On a recent Sunday morning we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed off to the V & A Waterfront to enjoy the sights our beautiful city is so famous for… from a different perspective – the water! The City Sightseeing bus company has recently launched their new Cape Town Harbour Cruise that takes a short jaunt around a few of the basins in the heart of the harbour.
After getting tickets at their stand opposite the entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium, near where their famous red double decker buses depart, we made our way down the gangplank and aboard the little boat.
Armed with ice creams and earphones, we plugged in to enjoy the scenery while being educated about the history of the harbour… even the kids have their own entertaining kids channel.
As I said we were blessed with a beautiful morning so the seagulls were out hovering over the water, the seals were basking in any sunny spot they could find (including the exposed hull of a ship) and the tugs were very busy chugging in and out of the basin to guide the bigger ships in.
We all loved getting the salty air in our gills and taking in the sights from the water – Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the huge ice breaker that heads to Antartica every year and the massive moving crane along with all the other beautiful buildings and busy harbour activity happening around us.
Tickets cost R40 for adults(R35 if you book online) and R20 for kids and the ride lasts about 25 mins. It made for a lovely family fun day for the whole family and even my husband, who isn’t usually too interested in history and wasn’t going to use the earphones, found it interesting in the end!
The Harbour Cruise departs from and returns to the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, and runs every 20 mins during the day. Commentary is available in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids as I mentioned.
For more details visit www.citysightseeing.co.za/tours/entry/harbour-cruise