Review: Night Bus Tour

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The Hop on Hop Off City SightSeeing Tour Bus has recently expanded its repertoire to include the opportunity to view the scenic Mother City at night. A means to escape the daily hubbub of the bustling city, the Night Bus provides both foreigners and locals with a unique perspective of Cape Town.

Departing from the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, the Night Bus is distinctly different from the ‘hop on hop off’ day bus. For this tour, all passengers remain as a group for the 3 hour journey on a large loop around the city via Sea Point and Camps Bay to Signal Hill and back over Kloof Nek to the Waterfront. As there is only one Night Bus per night, this makes logistical sense but it also creates a different atmosphere amongst the passengers – a sense of friendly camaraderie which reaches its zenith at the long pit stop for sundowners together on Signal Hill.

Bronwyn Mantel

The Night Bus departs every day from the 2 Oceans Aquarium at 6pm( 1 Nov to 6 March) and 5.30pm( 9 March- 3 May).

The imposing stature of Table Mountain as the bus passes through Camps Bay.
The imposing stature of Table Mountain as the bus passes through Camps Bay.
Gazing at the many wonders of Cape Town while listening to a surprisingly comprehensive and engaging audio guide (available in 16 languages).
Gazing at the many wonders of Cape Town while listening to a surprisingly comprehensive and engaging audio guide (available in 16 languages).
Winding up Camps Bay Drive towards Lion’s Head, with the azure Atlantic Ocean below and the seemingly endless sprawl of mountains.
Winding up Camps Bay Drive towards Lion’s Head, with the azure Atlantic Ocean below and the seemingly endless sprawl of mountains.
A relaxed atmosphere while Night Bus riders enjoy a glass of chilled bubbly and a picnic while watching the sunset.  Riders may bring their own refreshments, or order them through the City Sightseeing office when booking their tickets.
A relaxed atmosphere while Night Bus riders enjoy a glass of chilled bubbly and a picnic while watching the sunset. Riders may bring their own refreshments, or order them through the City Sightseeing office when booking their tickets.
A break on top of Signal Hall to view the sun setting on the city of Cape Town.
A break on top of Signal Hall to view the sun setting on the city of Cape Town.
A bird’s eye vantage point of Cape Town Stadium and surrounds.
A bird’s eye vantage point of Cape Town Stadium and surrounds.
A breathtaking view of Green Point, where the vast Atlantic ocean dwarfs the city life.
A breathtaking view of Green Point, where the vast Atlantic ocean dwarfs the city life.
The newly unveiled ‘Sunstar’, a unique creation by artist Christopher Swift. At night the illuminated sculpture can be seen throughout Cape Town.
The newly unveiled ‘Sunstar’, a unique creation by artist Christopher Swift. At night the illuminated sculpture can be seen throughout Cape Town.
Visitors get to know each other over sundowners.
Visitors get to know each other over sundowners.
Typically dramatic cloud formations over the Twelve Apostles as seen from the top of Signal Hill.
Typically dramatic cloud formations over the Twelve Apostles as seen from the top of Signal Hill.
A view of the sun setting over the ocean.
A view of the sun setting over the ocean.
A panorama of the V&A Waterfront.
A panorama of the V&A Waterfront.
An idyllic scene of the western edge of the city bowl from the top of Signal Hill.
An idyllic scene of the western edge of the city bowl from the top of Signal Hill.
The bustling, commercial and geographic heart of Cape Town city, edged by Cape Town harbour.
The bustling, commercial and geographic heart of Cape Town city, edged by Cape Town harbour.
A quiet moment of reflection after a long day.
A quiet moment of reflection after a long day.

Discussion4 Comments

  1. I’ve found buses to be more comfortable than planes (comfier seats, more legroom, better recline and sometimes even free wifi).

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