Hop on a boat with our new Harbour Cruise

18 August 2015 | Quathar Jacobs

Follow the signage at the V&A Waterfront to the Harbour Cruise boat. It departs from the jetty just outside the Two Oceans Aquarium

Hop on our exciting new Harbour Tour, in the V&A Waterfront – but whatever you do, don’t hop off!

For as little as R35 to R40 per person and just R20 for kids, see Cape Town from a different perspective.

Departing from the Two Oceans Aquarium jetty, the 25-minute long tour is perfect for a family outing, romantic cruise or fun with friends.

The 30-seater boat is fully equipped with lifejackets to ensure your safety at all times. And while enjoying the beautiful mountain views, listen to the interesting commentary – in any one of 16 languages – about the city and its surrounds.

Hop on a red boat to explore the Victoria and Alfred basins, and learn more about the Cape's nautical history

Life in and around the Waterfront’s harbour is a busy one, with lots to see. Spot the seals as they weave in and out of the water, pass international ships visiting our shores, and look out for the SAS Somerset – said to be the only surviving boom defence vessel in the world.

Other impressive attractions include the synchrolift, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, while the Bascule Bridge is the only drawbridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our Harbour Tour also takes you past the Chavonnes Battery Museum, the African Trading Post and the Clock Tower. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll see the SA Agulhas. She travels to Antarctica for research purposes for three to four months at a time.

From luxury hotels that have hosted several international stars – including Michael Jackson and Celine Dion – to fishing companies’ factories, the grain silo complex and the Nelson Mandela Gateway, there is plenty to see at sea!

Seeing Cape Town from the waters of the harbour offers locals and travellers a truly different perspective of the Waterfront and its surrounds

City Sightseeing South Africa’s CEO, Claus Tworeck says, “We’re very excited about our latest authentic offering – a harbour cruise that connects travellers to Cape Town’s proud nautical history.”

While there is no hopping off this boat, there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. And if you’re sharing any of your experience, don’t forget to tag City Sightseeing South Africa on Facebook or Instagram, or @CapeTownRedBus on Twitter.