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About Cape Town

There are very few cities in the world quite like Cape Town, with its towering Table Mountain always looking over the city like a peaceful giant. World class beaches, well-kept wine farms not far in areas such as Stellenbosch and proximity to other worthy destinations such as the Garden Route and the wild West Coast have kept tourists coming back. It’s no wonder Cape Town keeps getting praise for being one of the best tourist destinations in Africa if not the world.

With so much to do and see in the mother city, it’s almost impossible to take it all in without hiring a car.

Best time to visit

If one wishes to enjoy an iconic Cape Town beach holiday it’s widely considered that late January until late April is the best time and this is the end of the warm summer months where days are generally long and balmy. Cape Town’s best weather conditions are generally from October until April.

Around the area

The most famous landmark in Cape Town is arguably the towering Table Mountain. Other great tourist attractions include the Southern Peninsula  where tourists can drive along a scenic stretch of coastline, from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek gazing at the ocean or watching seals in Simon’s Town. Most of rhe city is accessible by bus, but car hire in Cape Town is recommended if wine tasting and hiking is on the agenda.

There is also a world of culture and wildlife to explore not far from the centre of Cape Town in areas such as Stellenbosch, the West Coast or The Garden Route.

Getting around

Public transport in all the major cities of South Africa is generally not up to scratch with Europe or North America. Although Cape Town is generally regarded as one of the better South African cities when it comes to public transport. Largely due to their extensive myciti bus routes and functioning train routes which are still limited by time and area. If one really wants to see all the sights and sounds or Cape Town and the Western Cape hiring a car really an excellent option.

Length of stay

Cape Town and surrounding areas really has a world of variety and adventures waiting around every corner. If one would have to allocate a minimum of a week this would be deemed to be not enough time. However roughly two weeks is said to be an optimal amount of time to see most of the sites in Cape Town and do a bit of travelling to some of the neighboring towns nearby.

Cape Town Car Hire

[Photo by: Danie van der Merwe]

What to pack

Cape Town experiences chilly and wet conditions during the winter months so prepare for wet and windy weather. If you decide to visit during this time of year. Summer days are hot and long, so naturally one would be expected to pack beach attire and sunscreen. Summer can also get a few cold spells so prepare for a turn in weather conditions on occasion.

Where to stay


Observatory is generally for the low end traveler, with an assortment of happy hour bars, cozy cafes and boutique backpackers and guest houses. This is an area for people wishing to see a more integrated alternative side to Cape Town.

Greenpoint / Sea Point

Green Point and Sea Point are generally for the more discerning traveler looking for a bit of style, comfort and close proximity to world class stadiums, restaurants, cafes and the ocean.

City Bowl area and Gardens

This is the hub of nightlife and entertainment and this is for the traveler who wishes to be right in the thick of the action. From the iconic Long Street to trendy Kloof, the town area of Cape Town really does have it all when it comes to live music, upmarket bars and restaurants and a world of accommodation facilities to choose from.

Southern Peninsula (Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek)

This is an area which is definitely for the traveler wishing to get a bit of peace, tranquility and ocean views whilst still being within close proximity to the city. The Southern Peninsula area is also considered as the birthplace of South African surfing and there are backpackers dedicated to this and plenty of opportunities to rent surfboards and wetsuits. If staying in this area, hiring a car for Cape Town is almost a prerequisite.

Table View / Bloubergstrand

Many choose the Table View area for its long stretching beaches and amazing views of Table Mountain across the ocean. Accommodation in this area ranges from sky rise hotels to boutique guest houses, it's also within close proximity to the harrowing yet undeniably iconic Robben Island. This is slightly out of the way, so hire a car for your Cape Town trip in this case.

Why Drive South Africa?

Experiencing the world class city known as Cape Town has never been easier with Drive South Africa car hire.

Drive South Africa’s reputation speaks for itself with happy customers from all over the world. Well trained travel experts and sales representatives ensure that your every wish and desire are taken care of on your perfect driving holiday through Cape Town and the Western Cape.  “Efficient, qualified and well-mannered consultants, we always receive such good service all the time, hence Drive South Africa is our first choice when renting vehicles” – states Masilo Modipane a loyal Drive South Africa client.

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Related FAQ's

Where are good places to see flowers during spring in South Africa?

South Africa has great places to see flowers during spring and many of them are in the cape areas, so if you are planning on travelling to South Africa during this time check out places like Darling in the Western Cape or Namaqualand, Northern Cape.

What are the options for going on hikes not far or within Cape Town itself?

Due to Cape Town being almost on the foothills of various mountains makes hiking trails close within the city not even a treat just a byproduct of this world class mountain city, from Lion's Head, Table Mountain or Cape Point, Cape Town really does have a world of great hiking trails pretty much within the city.

Where are great places to see sunsets in South Africa?

South Africa experiences many great days of sunshine, hence there is a world of places to experience great sunsets if you are traveling to the country, including roof top hangouts, hiking trails and the top of mountain passes.

What is the food like whilst travelling the roads of South Africa?

Many of the routes you will be travelling will be inundated by fast food chains at petrol stations. However there are also a number of farm stalls and small boutique and family owned roadside restaurants to wet your appetite, you’ll just have to look a little harder for these.

How do you calculate rental days for car rental?

Car hire suppliers work on a 24 hour time period from the time of collection to calculate your rental “days”.  If you rent from Friday 09:00am to Saturday 09:00am it is considered one day. If you rent from Friday 09:00am to Saturday 11:00am you have passed 24 hours and will pay for a second rental day. No grace period is granted when a rental vehicle is returned late.

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