Monday morning came fast and we woke up to brilliant blue, cloudless skies and lovely warm temperatures in the 20s. After a delicious breakfast poolside, we headed out for a quick tour of the city proper. I had purchased tickets for the Hop On – Hop Off Tour online before we left home. This is a typical double decker sight seeing bus tour you can find in many major cities and for under $20 CDN you can get on and off as many spots as you like on your choice of either a 14 or 18 stop route. This seemed like a perfect way to get the overview of Cape Town, as our time here is very short and we only had the morning to tour the city before we headed out to Athlone for the afternoon as guests at Dance for All.
We picked up the bus in Camp’s Bay and headed north along the ocean through the beach areas of Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay, Green Point past the FIFA World Cup Stadium into the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. From there we headed through the streets of Cape Town listening to a pretty decent audio tour, complete with local musical interludes, through our headphones passing such important landmarks as St George’s Cathedral, the first church to welcome people of every colour and faith, past the Jewish Museum to the District Six Museum, an important reminder about the days of apartheid, ended only 20 some years ago where 60,000 homes were demolished and an entire community was chased out simply because of the colour of their skin. Today District Six remains a mostly barren area, and a reminder of the darkest days of the country.
The next main stop was Table Mountain, the most magnificent and imposing range that defines Cape Town as well as the other peaks, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head which also frame this incredibly beautiful city.
Our bus dropped us back in Camp’s Bay where we grabbed a quick bite in a seaside cafe before heading to Athlone.