About Cape Town
Cape Town is the second most populated area in South Africa and the capital of the Western Cape province. A car hire at the Cape Town International Airport is the way to explore this impressive coastal city in South Africa.
Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the top ten most magnificent cities in the world. It was named the World design capital by International Council of Societies of Industrial Times in 2014. Bo-Kaap's Street Art, Afro décor, lustrously painted facades will convince you; the town deserves its name.
If you hired a car, you don't want to miss the famous Bloubergstrand beach, as well as the glittering Kirstenbosch botanical garden in the Mountain National Park . On the Cape of Good Hope, there is a natural reserve with unseen seascapes, hiking trails and wildlife. Cape Town is considered to be a Multicultural city, as Christians, Muslims, Africans, Jews and even Hindus reside the place. It is easy to get acquainted with a rich South African cultural tradition in food, dance and drumming. Hire a car and drive to all the sights you wanted to see!
Basic info and car hire in Cape Town
Location: South Africa
Official language: English (67,7%), Afrikaans (22,5%), Xhosa (2,7%)
Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
Weather: Mediterranean climate. Summer months last from December to February. Days are mostly hot, but the humidity is low, so the feeling is pleasant. In summer, the average temperatures are around 20 ° C. Winter months last from June to August and apply for wet months, which does not mean that it rains every day, but it is possible to rain for two weeks without pause. It can be very cold at night, as temperatures can drop to 2-3 ° C, but they mostly range around 10 ° C. It is often very cloudy with only a few hours of sunshine
Public holidays in South Africa: Click here for the full list: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/south_africa/index.php
Internet coverage: Numerous places in Cape Town offer free Wi-Fi. The majority of bars, restaurants, hotels and stores will give you access for free. For more info click here: http://www.findfreewifi.co.za/
Road conditions: Roads are well maintained.
Driving in Cape Town
If you hire a car in Cape Town, remember to drive on the left. While driving outside the city through the impressive area on meandering highways is very pleasant and easy, there may be too much traffic in the city, so you should avoid the rush hour. From seven to nine in the morning and from about half-past four to six in the afternoon, there may be congestion on the main roads, such as De Waal Drive. The safest way to park your hired car in Cape Town in the centre of the city is in one of their Car Parks. For example, in the Mandela Rhode Place or Park On Long.If you hire a car, bear in mind that while driving max BAC level is 0,05%. It is recommended to carry the warning triangle, first aid kit and spare bulb kit in the vehicle.Always use a hand free speaking system while driving.
- Age limits: 21
- International Driving Permit: yes
- Additional papers: valid ID, valid driving licence
- Additional requirements: warning triangle and a reflective jacket are required.
- Children in the car: It is illegal for Children under 3 years to sit in the front or rear sits without a proper child seat. Children between 4 and 12 must use a suitable safety restraint seat or an adaptor for a seat belt.
- Driving side of the road: left
- Lights: You have to have dipped headlights on at all times.
- General speed limits:
- In town: 60km/h
- Out of town: 100 km/h
- Highway: 120 km/h
• Parking suggestions: Check Parkopedia webpage for all the parking spots available in Cape Town
What to see in Cape Town
Our favourite spots
On the Boulders Beach, there is a colony of African penguins that return from sea in the evening and ridiculously wobble on the way to their shelter under the closest bush. The beach itself is beautiful with round boulders, shallow water and a seashore in which you can dig.
You can park your hired car here
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The gardens extend to 528 hectares and are a home to 5,000 different plant species. Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the seven best botanical gardens in the world. With beautiful formal gardens adorned with African stone sculptures, Kirstenbosch is a pleasant place for picnics, walks or trips through dunes (unique in Western Cape) or forests on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Sights include a forest trail for blind, dense evergreen gardens, a water garden, a garden of fragrant plants, a greenhouse with Boabab wood, authentic African mud dwellings, gift shops, a garden centre, bookstores, restaurants and bars.
Check your parking options for your hired car.
Visit to Robben Island, a famous Unesco World Heritage Site, is one of the most impressive experiences you can experience in South Africa. Until 1996 this place was used as a jail, well-known for its famous prisoner Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 years in here. "Robben Island Tour" is available every day, ranging from Nelson Mandela Gateway to V & A Waterfront Clock Tower Precinct. The tours are guided by its former political prisoners, while the first-class museum on Robben Island offers a wealth of information on this period of South African history. Still, Robben Island is far more than politics and history. The physical beauty of the island by itself astonishes with the penguins and seals colonnades besides fantastic views of Cape Town.
This beautiful, ethically written quarter with rich history stands on the slopes of Signal Hill. The quarter is famous for its colourful, romantic paved streets, most marked by Muslim immigrants. Here you will find houses in all the colours, from pink, green, yellow, blue. Definitely a must see.
To enjoy the comfort of a car hire service, your parking options are listed here
Hotels in Cape Town
Primi Seacastle Guest House
You will most defintely enjoy your stay in this lovely hotel with a romantic view of the sea. Hotel offers free parking for your hired car, Wi-fi, pool and air-conditioning.
The Comodore Hotel
Green Elephant Hotel
Drive your rental car around Cape Town
To fully enjoy all the benefits of a car hire, you need to take some trips outside the city.
Cape of Good Hope
If you hire a car, you must take a trip to Cape of Good Hope. Cape of Good Hope is a cliff that sinks into the ocean, a place where mighty waves and winds from the sea meet. You will be able to adore refreshing green herbs and observe some mighty wildlife such as zebras, nostrils and even killer whales. If you hire a car, try to make it there early in the morning, since it can be very crowded.
If you’re up for a swim, hire a car and take a trip to False Bay. False Bay offers an entirely different kind of entertainment from its neighbours on the Atlantic side. The sea is warmer, the waves are less powerful, and the beaches and inlets of Kalk Bay, St James and Fish Hoek offer security for families with smaller children.
The leading feature of Cape Town is also one of the main tourist attractions.
The path from the cable car to the top of 1.086 meters high Table Mountain lasts 6 minutes, and the cable car (one of only three of these in the world) turns 360 degrees as it rises to the top (it is desirable to book during the summer). When you get up, more than 2 kilometres of roads lead you through the massive leaves leaving you breathless with a view of the city and the ocean. The Bistro, located at the top, considering the location, is to be the most unbelievable catering facility in Africa. Just hire a car and take this one-day trip that you will not regret.
Where to eat, drink and party in Cape Town
To truly enjoy South African food, you need to be in South Africa. And now the time has come to explore their delicious traditional food since a lot of specialised restaurants in Cape Town do an excellent job of serving both modern and traditional African cuisine.
Cape Town is a party town, especially in the summer when tens of thousands of tourists come to the city. The entertainment does not end in winter, and the city has become a famous mecca for international DJs organising rave, trance and ambience of entertainment. Cape Town is also an unavoidable on the international charts of the rock tour. Most nightlife takes place in several popular streets and suburbs such as Long Street, Kloof Street, De Waterkant / Green Point, V & A Waterfront, Camps Bay beachfront and Lower Main Road.
Tapas for 2 at Chefs Warehouse will melt your senses. You have to try chefs’ excellent fried squid with caramelised pineapples and Red Roman Tartare with Avocado Puree. You won’t regret it.
For some exciting African food visit the Fork Restaurant. Their modern concept will make you feel young again. For real foodies of this world!
With a view on the Chapman’s Peak, you will be able to enjoy your breakfast or lunch here. Their delicious pizza is also available in a gluten-free version.
For some Whisky tasting visit this busy and classy bar. Their friendly staff will make your night memorable from start to finish.
Major events and festivals in Cape Town
One city with many cultures must host lots of different festivals for every taste. So you can choose between wine tasting, whale watching, comedy festivals and more.