From New York to London and across the continents, the symbol of City Sightseeing with its unenclosed viewing hatch on its upper hull, iconic red hue and double-decker body, is inevitable, and now tourists in Johannesburg, too, will begin enjoying rides through the CBD and the entire inner metropolis.
According to the operator of buses in 100 other cities in the world, the new service will provide an ‘as is’ commuter and sightseeing experience, with passengers boarding and alighting in the commercial fashion at suitable termini after each forty minutes.
The bonus, for the city itself is that the inner city, traditionally eschewed by tourists for its infamy as cradle of crime, will receive more visitors in coming days.
How Jo’burg will benefit
Jo’burg is one of the largest interior cities of South Africa, and arguably the most cosmopolitan and advanced urban center in Africa.
One of the districts that will reap from this travel development is Braamfontein, which houses many iconic cultural centers, including the University of the Witwatersrand and a bridge that commemorates the first African leader of the country, ‘Madiba.’
The CBD rarely receives important personages these days, despite it being the most overwhelming city center in the continent as far as architectural density is concerned. Despite this turn of events, bus passengers may be able to view the skyscrapers sculpting the cityscape like in no other city of Africa, up-close-and-candid, with these time-spaced tours.
Another iconic part is the suburban Joubert Park, which features one of the largest galleries and exhibition centers in the city. It has gone through various transformations, both colonial and post-independence in appeal, which visitors can investigate or discern.
The service so far
The line of the current bus, however, is officially to and fro the Gautrain Park Station. There are eleven stages for boarding or alighting, which stud the entire inner city, thus making it easy for urban dwellers to reconnoiter with the bus at targeted timelines.
The major places for sightseeing already in the route map include Gandhi Square and Apartheid Museum.
Word, apparently, is already on the street of the advent of the imposing bus, for hundreds of tourists from various parts of the planet have made Jo’burg a choice destination.