‘Tis the season to be jolly – for many people work is winding down, school is out and the festive spirit is buzzing, and that means the end of work night routine and staying at home every evening. With the sun edging in a little more shine time, longer evenings and warmer weather call for some Mother City excursions, and ever a favourite, the City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus has yet another awesome tour on their daily itineraries that offers some sunset shenanigans.
The Sunset Bus departs from the ticket office next to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront at 18h00 sharp, heading towards Signal Hill. City Sightseeing Cape Town’s buses are wheelchair accessible by means of a ramp leading onto the bus, and a designated wheelchair area on the lower level. You’d think (as we’ve often discovered) that the wheelchair bay would be tucked away somewhere convenient for everyone else, but inconvenient for the person in the wheelchair – but this is not so on the buses. In fact, on the downstairs section, I’m pretty sure the allocated wheelchair seat has the best views! There are also priority seats, also right up front, which are reserved for people with other disabilities that don’t require the use of a wheelchair. There are many types of disability – but not all of them are visible. Service providers that show an understanding and awareness of this have a huge impact on the journey towards a universally accessible tourism industry in South Africa.
On reaching Signal Hill, passengers disembark, picnic bags in hand, to sit on the mountain edge and savour a glass of wine and some snacks while watching the sun dip below the horizon. The bus is set to depart as soon as the sun makes its final bow, for a return trip ending back at the Two Oceans Aquarium depot.
For more information on City Sightseeing’s various bus tours, visit their website.