Cape Town is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and it seems that its popularity has grown since the world cup. The new international airport and development on and around the Green Point Common have made this already beautiful city a world class tourist destination. The list of attractions is long and at times far apart so consider getting a car to hire from Cape Town airport and start your holiday right. Unless you have several weeks seeing everything will be nearly impossible there are some attractions however that most tourists agree are not to be missed.
Starting what is probably the most famous attraction Table Mountain. The views from the top are one of a kind and no visit to the mother city is complete without a cable car ride to the top. The secret here is to not have a fixed day on which you plan to go instead do it on the first available sunny day and get there early. Sometimes in the afternoon the South Easter blows a cloud cover known as the tablecloth over the top of the mountain and the cable car has to stop operations. This happens in summer as well as winter. The walk from where you’ll park your car to the lower cable station can be long, and although you won’t be hiking it can be rocky at the top so sensible shoes are important. The cable car takes4 to 5 minutes to reach the top and departs every 10 to 15 minutes. Queues can form. A return ticket for an adult is R180 and R90 for children under 18, children under 4 travel for free.
The Cape wine landsproduce award winning wines that are famous all over the world, and a wine route tour should be a priority when visiting. Most of the best wine farms can be found an hour to two hours outside of the city which is why we recommend you look at car hire at Cape Town airport before you arrive. Wine routes, where you visit several different wine farms in a day, are a good way to sample all the best wines from a region. It does however mean you’ll need most of a day. If you only have an afternoon or a few hours you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Spier wine estate, not only do they have collection of award winning wines, they have a fine dining restaurant and the option to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the banks of the lake. Their cheetah sanctuary is always popular with the kids and for a small fee you can enter the enclosure where the cheetahs are kept.
Robben Island was home to hundreds of political prisoners during apartheid and has since been turned into a museum which every South African let alone tourist should have to visit at some point in their lives. Many people feel that visiting a prison especially one connected to such atrocities is morbid the Robben Island tours however, are far from depressing. The tour guides for the most part are former prisoners and the stories they recount are both moving and amusing. It’s an informative trip that is well worth the R200 ticket price, for children under 18 it costs R100. The tours depart from the clock tower at the V&A waterfront at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The V&A waterfront is easy to find and has plenty of parking if you’re getting their by hire car.
These are three very good reasons to look at car hire at Cape Town airport when you first arrive in South Africa. A hire car will give you the freedom to discover Cape Town at your own pace.