27 June 2014 by Kate Turkington

South Africa’s City Sightseeing buses win top international awards

You’ve seen them all over the world – those iconic open-top red buses trundling their way round cities from Perth to Paris, from Sao Paulo to San Francisco. But have you tried the Johannesburg and Cape Town award-winning buses yet?

All ready to go at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

Johannesburg boasts some of the best weather in the world, so a trip on one of our City Sightseeing buses is not only loads of fun, informative and eye opening, but it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy wonderful sunshine.

City Sightseeing Joburg & Soweto has just won a prestigious award for the Best New City Sightseeing Operator of the Year. The award was announced at the 2014 annual City Sightseeing Worldwide Conference held recently in Malaga, Spain, and Joburg beat three other finalists – Cordoba, Kazan and Miami – for top place.

When you ride the Joburg bus, you’ll see why and how this Egoli (City of Gold) bus deserves its accolades.

Fun for the kids, who have their own special commentary on the bus

Service is a key factor. As you step off the bus at the Constitutional Court, or ride the lift to the ‘Top of Africa’ – the top floor of Africa’s highest building, the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre – warm smiles, friendly greetings and instant information from the ground staff are the order of the day.

You’ll find more of the same when you visit the James Hall Transport Museum, another of the bus stops (look out here for Joburg’s very first car, a sexy green 1900 Clement-Panhard), or the University of the Witwatersrand’s Origins Centre, where you can discover how humans first began.

The memorable Soweto Tour extension to the Joburg bus takes you to some of Soweto’s most iconic Struggle sites, from the Hector Pieterson Memorial (Hector Pieterson was a 13-year-old student killed in the 1976 Soweto uprisings) to Vilikazi Street – the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Laureates lived (Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu).

However, awards aren’t just confined to the Joburg bus. The Cape Town City Sightseeing bus won the award for Best Customer Services.

However, awards aren’t just confined to the Joburg bus. The Cape Town City Sightseeing bus won the award for Best Customer Services. The main criterion there? The Cape Town bus had no customer complaints whatsoever – a brilliant record. 

Positive reviews from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, also rocketed Cape Town into first position. Take the Red City Tour, which stops at the V&A Waterfront, the world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Hout Bay, among other lovely stops; or the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour to the Winelands, beaches and Table Mountain, one of the new New7Wonders of the World.

These awards are made more exciting and significant when you know that Joburg and Cape Town are two of 100 global City Sightseeing franchises.

So what’s stopping you? Visit www.citysightseeing.co.za for more details, then climb on to the nearest bus, and off you go.

Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of the World

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