Driving in Capetown

Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 09:37 PM
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Driving in Capetown

We will be staying in Capetown for 3 days in November. Should we rent a car to get out to see the sights or should we rely on tours? Is driving in the city a problem?
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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 01:14 AM
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Driving in South Africa, including Cape Town, is very easy, or at least we found it so. As long as you have a local map you won't have any problems. The roads are not busy and are easy to navigate through.

That said, whether you need a car or not is up to you. Taxis are not expensive and are easy to find (though be aware that they do not all charge the same price - the price they charge is clearly displayed on the side though).

Also, where in CT is your accommodation?
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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 01:32 PM
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Kavey,
Thank you for your info. We will be staying in Tamboerskloof. The management from the hotel suggested that we only rent a car for the days we plan to travel outside Capetown.
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Mitchb,

Getting around was easy, it was trying to drive a manual transmission in a right hand drive car on the opposite side of the road that was challenging for me, we had alot of laughs to say the least!

We rented from Avis only 2 days out of 4, one to drive the Cape Point route,Boulders (penguins) and the other day was through the Winelands & Spier(Cheetahs). Both were beautiful experiences. The rest of the time in Capetown we got around by walking and cabs. Was there last Nov/Dec, fabulous weather!

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Old Jul 5th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Carla, It sounds like our trip will mirror yours. We want to spend a couple days in town and then do the Cape Point route. Looks like a 1 day will be good for us too. Thanks for the info.
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MitchB - we rented from Tempest and were really happy -they brought the car to us at the guesthouse, allowing us to get used to driving on the other side of the road in the neighborhood, before venturing out to the main roads.

Cape Town drivers are very considerate.

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Would suggest a car if you want to drive outside Capetown - in the city there are some great tours and getting around is pretty easy. Easy to drive around in if you want too - good luck - it is a great place.
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