Cape Town has long been one of the worlds most beautiful and exciting tourist destinations, but what is it exactly about this city that is so enchanting? For many, the answer is simple: it’s beautiful. However, not only is it physically beautiful with mountains, sea and a stunning city cradled by Table Mountain, but it is affordable, diverse, historical, and has so many attractions that one could never find themselves in want of an activity. The laid back life style of the Mother City should be explored in one’s own time making it essential that you have your own vehicle.
Cape Town is most famous for its beautiful mountain, is the site of Nelson Mandela’s prison, Robbin Island, and played vibrant host of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It’s hot temperatures and lazy summers entice travellers from all over the world for a holiday and offer foreigners a warm festive season where the only ice can be found in a sundowner drink. Amongst the most popular locations round the Cape include Cape Point, Camps Bay beach, Lions Head, and of course, the mother herself: Table Mountain. The Waterfront, Groot Constantia, and the winelands are also incredibly popular amongst tourists, as well as the many museums and galleries which can be found dotted around the peninsular.
Although the sights and attractions are reason enough for anyone to want to visit the Cape, many people find themselves tempted by other reasons. Cape Town is an incredibly good value for money holiday destination, and although some hotels and restaurants can be expensive for the average tourists, most foreigners will find themselves benefitting from South Africa’s low exchange rate. Cape Town becomes an affordable location for foreigners, and if they watch where they stay and eat, they can end up having a holiday that, when converted into dollars, pounds, or euro’s, hardly makes a dent in their wallet.
One of Cape Town’s low points however is it’s public transport system. And although improvements are being made and questions being asked which will hopefully make the system better in the long run, at the moment the trains, busses and public taxis are unreliable at the best of times. Private taxi’s have high rates, making many tourists resort to car hire. Cape Town airport has many rental companies to choose a vehicle from, making your trip to the Cape your own adventure and easy to plan.
Cape Town answers the poor public transport question with a good road network and infrastructure. By using car hire one can find themselves happily exploring the city in their own time, spontaneously visiting attractions and stopping off whenever they feel the need. Cape Town’s beauty is so vast and inspiring that many feel that they would like to spend more time in an area to enjoy it. By having their own car they can be in charge of their holiday to the Cape, being able to enjoy places for as long as they please without being under the time restraints of tour buses or needing to hasten a visit due to an expensive private taxi.
The FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup enabled Cape Town to show the world a part of itself that had previously been overshadowed by its beauty. However, the city became alive during the Cup, showcasing its diverse community and charm. The nightlife and buzz of the city showed the world how Cape Town celebrates its beauty whilst the visible diversity and friendly nature of the city is proof to how far the city has come in the last several years.
To hire a car in Cape Town all you need do is go to one of the many car hire rental company counters at the exit of the airport. From there on you’ll be in control of your holiday; picking where to visit according to what you feel like and the weather, making spontaneous trips to the winelands for the day, and skipping or choosing places to see. Many tourists find themselves in this beautiful part of the world due to its affordable prices and friendly people, however the most common and undeniable reason for wanting to visit Cape Town is due to incredible beauty and awe-inspiring natural attractions.