8 Reasons to Invest in Car Hire When You Visit Cape Town
Cape Town as an awesome infrastructure for tourists and public transport should present no problem during your visit. However, if you like the idea of making your own schedule you’ll find that car hire in Cape Town is the better option.
There are also some places that just aren’t the same when you travel by bus. Check out our list of top places to visit by car in Cape Town:
1. Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak Drive is world-famous for its magnificent views. Negotiating the 114 turns of this scenic route all the way up to the peak and down again to Noordhoek in your Cape Town rental car is a scenic treat. Indulge in the magnificent panoramas of the Atlantic and Hout Bay as you look down from vantage points and picnic spots along the route and take your time soaking up the views.
The road is operated as a toll route, with funds used to maintain the excellent facilities, blind spot mirrors and security surveillance along the way. Call ahead of your trip to make sure the road is not undergoing routine maintenance.
2. Cape Point
Almost at the southern tip of Africa, Cape Point is at the south-western most point of the continent and provides dramatic vistas of the Atlantic at its most feisty. The reserve can be reached via Chapman’s Peak for a double-whammy of picturesque bliss in your Cape Town rental car.
There are picnic facilities at Cape Point, you can throw a line or visit the ostrich farm.
A restaurant overlooking the shores is a great place to unwind for a bit between hikes among the fynbos. Take a ride up to the top viewing point in the Flying Dutchman funicular and see if you can spot the ghost ship of the same name from there.
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3. Kalk Bay
Continue your scenic drive around the coastline in your hire car and you will reach the seaside village of Kalk Bay. This laid-back part of Cape Town is the perfect place to relax with a cool drink while you watch the fishermen go about their tasks in this small natural harbour. Shop for Bohemian goods, antique or arts and crafts or try your hand at surfing on the gentle waves.
Don’t miss the chance to sample fresh seafood fresh from the day’s catch or catch your own dinner off one of the best fishing reefs around.
4. Simon’s Town
Another quaint treasure along this route, Simon’s Town is the home of the South African Navy and has a great small town feel. Simons’ Town has some of the best views along the entire Cape Coastline. You can enjoy the sights from a host of seaside eateries while you munch on fish and chips or more elaborate seafood dishes.
5. Wine Route
No trip to Cape Town is complete without driving out to the surrounding winelands. Here you will sample world class vintages and try out artisan goods of every kind. From chocolates to your daily bread, you’ll find something to tempt the taste buds in this neck of the woods, and plenty to take home to tempt friends.
6. Table Mountain
Ditch the crowds on the bus when you visit this important Cape Town landmark in your rental car. A trip to the top in the Swiss engineered cable car reveals incredible views over the city bowl and you can enjoy some curio shopping, hikes and a meal when you reach the top.
Afterward, take your Cape Town hire car for a spin up Signal Hill to see the Rhodes memorial and views out to Robben Island.
7. The West Coast
Explore the West Coast on a day trip from the city. This beautiful part of the world is ablaze with flowers during the spring time. It is also home to fishing villages and nature reserves where you can put your feet up for a break from your sightseeing adventures.
8. V&A Waterfront
You can easily reach the V&A Waterfront by bus, but where are you going to put all your shopping afterwards? A Cape Town car hire is the answer for any trip to this mega attraction in the city.
Take tours and visit museums, dine on excellent examples of Cape cuisine, enjoy cocktails overlooking the water, and shop till you drop at the exquisite boutiques featured at this iconic destination.
Finding Car Hire Cape Town
If you intend to make the most of your trip to the Mother City, start planning now. With Discount Flights South Africa, you can book your flight tickets while searching for cheap car hire in Cape Town. Compare prices online to get the best rates.
Remember, you need an international driver’s permit to hire a car in South Africa if you are travelling from abroad, but it’s well worth the admin.