You could hop in your car and try to cram in all the sights of the Cape Peninsula, but chances are it won't be as exciting as a trip on Baz Bus. As well as buzzing backpackers all over the country, it offers a day-trip discovery of the Cape Peninsula.
Master guide Jason is a walking, talking encyclopedia. Birds, fish, animals - you name it, he'll rattle off a thousand facts and anecdotes.
After a refreshment pit-stop at Hout Bay, you've got the option of a boat trip off Seal Island before heading through Constantia, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek on your way to Simon's Town and the penguins at Boulders Beach. Then on to Cape Point - Jason built up our appetites by letting us off around 7km from our lunch stop at Buffelsbaai. The bike ride was fantastic (don't worry, it's mostly downhill and there are no baboons). Jason spoke about diving, sharks, kelp, and why the two oceans do meet at Cape Point (much to the consternation of the Japanese tourists among the group). A drive to the Cap Point lighthouse was followed by a hike to the edge of the African continent; we then sped off to the South-westernmost point of Africa and set off on a 45-minute hike that included a lookout over Diaz Beach. A roadside curio shop was the last stop before heading back to Cape Town, although the activities of the day meant most of us spent the trip in dreamland!
Visit Baz Bus at: 8 Rosedene Rd, Sea Point (021) 439 2323;
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Baz Bus also offer a hop-on, hop-off fun bus service to over 200 hostels around the country. Your day trip (R195) includes lunch and all entrance fees.>
SACityLife SEPTEMBER 2000