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Renting a car in Cape Town lets you travel between attractions easily, cruising along the coastline and spotting the 'big five' game animals on safari in parks and game reserves near Cape Town – the only issue you might encounter is deciding where to go first! Rental cars are conveniently available at the airport, so you can begin your self-drive tour as soon as you land. Renting a car in Cape Town offers flexibility, letting you adjust your plans on a whim.

It's your choice: Where to go in Cape Town

Cape Town offers mountainscapes, beaches, and the fantastic beauty of the Cape Peninsula. Drive to Cape Point to watch the penguins parade around at Boulders Beach before heading back, passing the beaches of Camps Bay. See Table Mountain, a natural wonder the middle of the big city. You’ll surely be reaching for your camera once this dominating mountain comes into view. At the foot of Table Mountain lies Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which covers five of South Africa's six biomes in South Africa – it was the first botanic garden to be designated a World Heritage Site. Alternatively, head to the Cape Point Nature Reserve on the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. This rugged and wild reserve boasts deserted beaches and dramatic scenery. Spend a few hours here amid plunging vertical cliffs, endemic fynbos, sweeps of white sands, and breathtaking bays.

Things to do in Cape Town

Safari parks and private reserves near Cape Town give travellers the 'big five' wildlife experience and the chance to spot unique birdlife, antelopes, and whales. Also, Cape Town isn't short of beaches – choose from the beautiful Llandudno, Clifton, or Camps Bay beaches and enjoy a wonderful coastal walk past wild waves and rocky outcrops. Get a bird’s eye view of the city by queueing up for the Table Mountain aerial cableway when the weather permits, or head up to the famous Lion’s Head peak – the energetic can hike if they wish. If you prefer urban attractions, enjoy coffee, drinks, or a meal at Cape Town's many trendy cafés, bars, and restaurants. Visit the popular Neigbourgoods Market, which showcases South Africa's cuisine every Saturday.

Important info about Cape Town

Cape Town, also referred to as “the Mother City,” was named the world's best place to visit by The New York Times in 2014. Home to approximately 3.7 million people, it's South Africa's second-most populated city. To see the area's nature, head to the Cape Floristic area, Table Mountain, or Cape Point. Within the city, check out the much-visited Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, especially its restaurants. Here, you'll discover how Cape Town’s multicultural heritage has influenced the city’s cuisine. The city's access to the sea and British history have made for excellent fish and chips, and you'll may even see game meat on restaurant menus, such as warthog, zebra, and kudu. Try bobotie, a local dish of minced meat topped with eggs or dried fruit; a decadent Gatsby submarine sandwich; or chakalaka, a vegetable relish often served with beans and pap.

Weather in Cape Town
Country South Africa (USA)
State South Africa
Language Afrikaans, English
Currency South African rand
Time-Zones South Africa Time (GMT+2)
State-Capital +27

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Renting a car in Cape Town lets you take scenic drives over mountains and along stretches of white sand. Compare car hire prices and book ahead so that everything will be ready when you get to Cape Town International Airport. South Africans drive on the left-hand side, and speeds and distances are all measured in kilometres. Speed limits are 120km/h on major routes, 100km/h on secondary roads, and 60km/h in built-up regions. Using hand-held phones while driving is prohibited. As long as you have a valid US driver’s license and you're at least 20 years old, you’re okay to rent a car in Cape Town. However, you may incur surcharges if you’re under 25. To get to Cape Town, take the N1 from Johannesburg, the N2 from Overberg, and the N7 from Namibia and the West Coast.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Cape Town

Drive from Cape Town to Kruger National Park via Johannesburg to spot the 'big five'; lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalos. In the Western Cape, you'll find the Two Oceans Aquarium, which offers close encounters with sharks and other marine life. And if you're an adrenaline enthusiast, make sure to go skydiving – you'll see plenty of skydivers as you drive along the R27. Go to the Cape of Good Hope, a piece of rock reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean about 60km from Cape Town, for a picnic and a walk. Hike along the Shipwreck Trail and snap photos of the old lighthouse. If you're a history buff, head to Robben Island, about 12km from Cape Town. Over the years, outcasts, prisoners, and political troublemakers (including Nelson Mandela) were sent here.

What to bring to your friends from Cape Town

Your friends will be thrilled with gifts you bring them from Cape Town. Browse for hours at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which has over 50 South African and international stores, with everything fashion. There’s also a curio market here with trinkets you can bring home, including beaded necklaces, wood carvings, pichulik earrings, beaded wire art, and decorated ostrich products. Buy a Zulu celebration spoon, a leather backpack, or an African pendant for your friends. Get Rooibos tea, a local caffeine-free product, or Kalahari salt. Try to strike a bargain with market stall owners. At Cape Town's jewellery shops, look for diamonds and tanzanite, which is among South Africa's top-selling gemstones. Finally, when shopping for gifts and souvenirs, make sure you're allowed to bring the items home.