Alternative ways to see Cape Town

As season comes into full swing, traffic to all our favourite spots around the peninsula builds up with tourists flocking to spend the summer holidays in Cape Town. Roads become grid locked, parking is impossible to find, hired cars cannot be found for love or money and tempers flare. So we have put together a list of alternative modes of transport in and around Cape Town to ensure that your holiday is as chilled as us Capetownians!

Tuk Tuk

Tuk tuk Tuk tuk

Zip around town in with The Monarch Tuksi Company. R40 will get you anywhere in CBD and all the way out as far as Camps Bay. It may take a little longer but with some Bob Marley music blaring, who cares, you’re on Cape Town time now!

Horse and Carriage

Carriage Carriage

This unique method of exploring Cape Town provides the time and a different view of some of South Africa’s premier historical and architectural locations. The tour leaves from the Castle of Good Hope 3 times daily and the tour takes approximately 75 mins

Prices are available on request and bookings are essential


cycle cycle

Bike and Saddle have something for everyone from road to mountain bikes, lifestyle bikes and bikes for the whole family. Beat the traffic and wiz around town on the many bike routes visiting all the attractions there are to see.

Bikes cost from R30 – R80 per hour depending on the bike



Monday to Sunday  

Tourist one day pass R30 & Tourist two day pass R50

Valid for travel between 08h30 and 16h00 daily 

Atlantic Rail        

Steamtrain Steamtrain

Steam Train with vintage wooden coaches

Set schedule – check online

Adults R220 & Children R110

Runs directly from Cape Town to Simonstown with no stops in between

The Route

Cape Town to Simonstown route runs through the leafy old suburbs of Newlands and Rondebosch before arriving in Muizenberg the start of the coastal part of your journey. Join locals for some surfing (lessons available) at Surfers corner or explore local Historical attractions like Het Posthuys and Rhodes Cottage. This is also the start of the Muizenberg to St James walkway which hugs the coast and has spectacular views of the waves crashing onto the rocky coast interspersed with rock pools, tidal pools and small white sandy beaches.

Next stop is Kalk Bay a little ‘village’ with a bohemian vibe, filled with antique and little coffee shops. There is also a small working harbour where you can watch the fishermen’s boats come in and the catch of the day get sold off to locals and restaurants. Enjoy fish and chips the old traditional way from a newspaper packet at Kalkies.

Moving onto Fish Hoek a fabulous beach for a walk or a swim and is great for families.

Last stop and end of the line is Simonstown. This old naval town is a beautiful seaside resort full of history with excellent restaurants and shops as well as being a 15 min walk away from Boulder’s Beach and the penguin colony – definitely worth a visit. Swim in the beautiful clear water surrounded by huge boulders while penguins zip past you underwater.


MiCity Bus

This bus service runs from the airport and all through the CBD including down to the Waterfront. Closest stop to the Grand Daddy Hotel is just across the street.


R23 for a myconnect card

Trips around the city cost R5.30 each

Please note money must be loaded onto the card prior to getting on the bus.

CitySightseeing Cape Town Bus

This open top site seeing bus is the perfect way to see the city, get the lay of the land and decide which spots deserve a return visit. There are 2 routes, red and blue. Red is the City Tour with 18 stops including the Table Mountain Cable way, the district Six Museum and the Castle of Good Hope. Blue is the Mini Peninsula Tour with 14 stops including Kirstenbosch, the world of Birds and Imizamo Yethu as well as stunning views!

And the best is that a hop on spot for both routes is just around the corner form the Grand Daddy Hotel!


1 day pass R150 (book online and pay R120)          

2 day pass R250 (book online and pay R220)

For more information or assistance with any bookings please do not hesitate to contact our fabulous reception team on who will be happy to help!

Happy & Relaxing Exploring!!



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