Wanting a holiday with everything you can imagine and half of it on your doorstep? Then Cape Town is where you want to be with your car hire Cape Town vehicle getting you to places a little further than your doorstep as well as being totally self reliant. One can find car hire companies in Cape Town such as Hertz, First or Sixt, Wise Wheels and Value and if you’re a first time car hire renter, go online where you’ll find all relevant information including testimonials, to help you make the right decision when choosing your car hire vehicle.
Cape Town was founded in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company and with Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival was established as the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town today is one of the most multicultural cities in the world being named in 2014 by The New York Times as the ‘Best place in the World to Visit’ and being nominated the ‘World Design Capital’ by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.
Cape Town is the provincial and legislative capital of the Western Cape and seat of the National Parliament which is set alongside the Company’s Garden (created in the 1650s), a park and heritage site that besides tourists attracts city workers seeking solitude during their lunch hour breaks. The oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa (1652) including other botanically and historically valuable trees, a rose garden (built in 1929), the Iziko South African Museum and Iziko National Gallery and many other attractions are found within the Company’s Garden. A five minute walk will take you to the National Library of South Africa, St George’s and St Mary’s Cathedrals, Centre for the Book, the South African Jewish Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre.
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Cape Town city with Table Mountain as a ‘back-drop’, its ‘tablecloth’, virtual vertical cliffs and flat-topped summit at 3,300 feet in height with Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill on either side, is enclosed into area called the City Bowl. During the apartheid regime Cape Town harbour experienced a silent period, void of ships when South Africa was under sanctions. Today however, with the expansion of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (the V&A) employing thousands of people, it’s a hub of activity with pubs, restaurants, shops galore, 5 star hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium and ferries to numerous harbours including Robben Island, where you’ll gain a vivid impression of conditions that Mandela and others survived while incarcerated.
If you want to lie on a beach with privacy, soak in the sun and breathe in the sounds of the ocean with a good book, then Camps Bay or Clifton Beach is definitely not for you! Being main attractions to both locals and visitors, these beaches on hot summer days are packed beyond capacity with parking a major problem. Your best option is to get a car hire vehicle, giving you the freedom to experience exactly what you want. A 45-minute drive from the city to after Big Bay you’ll find beaches stretching for miles with no shortage of secluded spots and the advantage of never being entirely alone (for safety reasons) as there are fisherman in the early morning or evening, people walking dogs, surfers waiting patiently for the next set of waves or picnickers anticipating a spectacular sunset.
If you prefer hiking, grab a snack box and water bottle and drive ten minutes from the city in your car hire Cape Town vehicle to ‘Deer Park Drive’, where there are numerous walking trails either to the left or right and taking you along the slopes of Table Mountain, encountering waterfalls, fynbos and an impressive view of the City Bowl. It is advisable to be alert and not hike alone.
Another option to finding solitude is taking a drive in your car hire vehicle to ‘Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens’, an enclosure of 36 hectare containing fynbos, a protected forest and a variety of animals and birds including many uncommon and threatened species of the Cape Floristic Region. This region was in 2004 declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For wine lovers visiting Cape Town, a leisurely drive on excellent roads in your car hire vehicle to the ‘Cape Winelands’ will give you wine tasting experiences combined with historical places of interest in the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek.
Whale watching is big in the Cape with even locals screeching in delight at the sight of these enormous creatures amazingly lifting themselves out of the water and into the air. Bryde’s and Killer Whales can be spotted at any time of the year while during breeding season, Southern Right and Humpback Whales can be seen off the coast. The town of Hermanus is well renowned for its ‘Whale Festival’ attracting locals and tourists.
There are plenty of car hire Cape Town vehicle companies for travellers to Cape Town to choose from, whether you’re flying, arriving by bus or train, you’ll find well known car hire companies such as Avis, Budget or Europcar at the airport and station for your convenience with choices of car hire vehicles ranging between Golf, Audi, Toyota, 4x4s including many others.
The new ‘MyCiti’ bus service in Cape Town has proved advantageous to many, especially those living as far out as Atlantis or for quickly grabbing a bus within the City Bowl and surrounds. MyCiti is a convenient way to travel if you have patience and plenty of time, also in the City Bowl, Combi taxis’ are another mode of public transport where you may need nerves of steel and partake in much prayer as they zoom in and out of traffic.
If you’ve taken advantage of a cheap flight costing as little as R1,068.00 return from Johannesburg to Cape Town, you can afford R1,344.00 for a cheap car hire Cape Town vehicle, driving a Kia Picanto or similar and whether sharing costs or travelling alone with your hired GPS, you’ll save time and money and experience everything on your list.