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Cape Town is one of the largest cities in South Africa with a lot of culture and history. Travelling in and out of the city will provide you with a lot of open terrain, desert roads and wildlife which surrounds it, perfect for the adventure. Blessed with incredible beauty, a vibrant culture and excellent tourism network, Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular destinations. By obtaining car hire in Cape Town you will be given the freedom to travel to the outskirts of the city and take in the regions glorious scenery.
The city centre is a harmonious blend of old and new architectural styles, and a potpourie of the many ethnic groups that have forged this city’s 300 year old history. The ‘city bowl’ is a mix of modern high-rise office blocks and outstanding examples of Edwardian and Victorian buildings, mingled with unique Cape Dutch architecture. A stroll down Long street is charming and remains of the old town, with its cobbled lanes are found around the colourful Greenmarket square. Historically, the District Six and Bo Kaap museums are a good place to discover the city’s more curious past. The oldest remains of early Dutch and British occupation is the Good Hope Castle Fort, situated across the huge open area in front of the imposing neo-classic city hall. Other attractions include the Parliament buildings and Tuin huis (President’s residence). The city’s distinctive Islamic suburb, Bo-Kaap, adds spice to the city’s cosmopolitan character.
Regular 10-minute shuttles run to the recently restored Victoria and Albert Waterfront. With its aquarium, historic features and sailing charters, it’s an exciting tourist drawcard for diners, shoppers and party-seekers alike. This is also launching point for trips to Robben Island, infamously home to the incarcerated Nelson Mandela.
By car you can see Table Mountain and Camps Bay, Kirstenbosch botanical garden, Chapman’s Peak drive and Cape Point reserve, the vineyards around Stellenbosch and the Franschoek valley. So reserve your Cape Town car hire today with us and make the most of your trip to South Africa.
Cape Town’s suburbs and hinterland are spectacularly beautiful, including mountains, secluded bays and beaches, historical towns and lush vineyards, all certainly worth exploring by car.
The ‘fairest cape of them all’ is best viewed from the top of the imposing Table Mountain, reached by cable car (parking limited in season) or the many marked hiking trails. Beside it, the conical Lion’s Head is another excellent climb, while the diversity of fauna found at the Mountain’s foot, in the Kirstenbosch botanical garden, is superb.
One of the world’s most spectacular drive’s begins ‘behind’ the mountain in the the riviera-like Camps bay and Clifton beach. The cliff-hugging Chapman’s Peak drive winds its way to the quaint towns of Llandudno and Hout bay and onwards to the ‘end of Africa’ at the Cape Point reserve, where two great ocean currents apparently meet. Homeward bound, the naval base at Simonstown is interesting and the beaches at Muizenberg endless.
Less than an hour from Cape Town, the wine-routes surrounding Stellenbosch are beautiful, though you’ll want to nominate a sober driver! The magnificent 300 year old Groot Constantia vineyard and estate features some of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
A popular day trip is the curious former Huguenot settlement in the lovely Franschoek valley or the quaint and relaxing former fishing town of Hermanus, now popular for whale watching (Oct.)
To & From
Cape Town's international airport is getting busier, though it doesn’t exactly rate as a world class airport. An increasing number of airlines fly directly to Cape Town but mostly you have to enter South Africa via the much busier Johannesburg international airport and catch a 2-hour connection. There are regional flights to many centres in South Africa. From the airport there are regular shuttle buses and plentiful taxis to the city (about 20 minutes drive) and various suburban hotels.
The overnight train from Johannesburg is still popular, relatively safe and comfortable (sleepers), passing through the unforgettable Karoo desert and offering a glimpse of the wine lands as you approach the city.
The slightly cheaper buses also ply the Johannesburg &endash; Cape Town route, by day and night, though it can be a 14 hour journey and a little uncomfortable. Generally South Africa has a reliable, frequent bus network.
By car the N1 heads north to Johannesburg. It’s a 12 hour journey (minimum) and busy during December and April, resulting in a high accident rate. The route via Kimberley is quieter and the town, with it’s diamond legacy, is worth seeing. The N2 follows the south coast eastwards towards the Garden Route and on towards Port Elizabeth and eventually Durban (16 hours). A less popular journey is northwards along the west coast to Namibia.
Due to its remoteness, there are no boat services to Cape Town.