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Enjoy the Cape Town Carnival — from the top of a stationary City Sightseeing bus!

  • 08 March 2017 | Carla de Klerk

Arriba, arriba! The Cape Town Carnival is rolling into town!

Come Saturday 18 March, the streets of Cape Town will be lined with floats, dancers, acrobats and the most colourful decorations imaginable. The only question is: where will you be enjoying the extravaganza from? Why not hop on a stationary double-decker City Sightseeing bus-turned-pavilion for the best view in town?

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In keeping with this year’s theme of AMAZA! Ocean Odyssey, celebrating South Africa’s ocean, beaches and marine life, visitors can expect a magical parade of creatures of the deep.

(Image: Cape Town Carnival)

Expect 2 000 musicians and performers slowly making their way down a 2km stretch of the Cape Town Fan Walk as they dazzle thousands of onlookers packing the sides of the streets. Dressing up and participation are mandatory, so don’t forget your glitter and dancing shoes at home!

Book your seat on one of the City Sightseeing red-bus pavilions along the Fan Walk for bird’s-eye views of  the spectacle, and remember to keep you eyes peeled for the red bus in the actual parade!

How to book your seat:

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Pavilion seats cost R300 per person. Book in advance here.

At sea about this year’s theme?

(Image: Cape Town Carnival)

The Cape Town Carnival explains this year’s theme as follows on it website: “From sunny beaches, rock pools and seashells, surfers and sunshine, to our place at the confluence of two oceans: the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The ocean is a world of possibilities. Beyond turbulence and uncertainty, there’s hope and smooth sailing.

“Go with the flow but navigate your way as we discover a South African ocean adventure for the Cape Town Carnival 2017. Walk on the Promenade. Play on the beach. Imagine the strandlopers who first walked these shores. See dolphins, penguins and fishermen. Surf the waves. Dive deep beneath the surface into mystery, magic and wonder. See strange and amazing creatures from another world. Discover treasure, perhaps even Atlantis! We may return but we’ll never be the same.”