Car Rental in Cape Town
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Cape Town
Numerous car rental companies litter the streets of central Cape Town in South Africa, along the Wynberg area, Goodwood area, Gardens area, and others. These car rental companies offer competitive pricing schemes, deals, and exclusive discounts to travellers who book online or via the phone lines. Some of the car rental companies here are local Adelphi, Scenic Car Hire, Nox Car Rental, Around About Cars, First Car Rental, Vineyard Car Hire, Comfort Car Hire, Value Car Hire, First Car Rental, Wise Wheels, and international Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, among others. Most cars rented out are on manual gear, and automatics are scarce as of the moment, so make sure that you are (or have someone with you) used to driving manual gear.
What to expect when renting a car from Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the major cities in South Africa and it is just understandable that one of the most popular travel options here is by car. Make sure to know that driving orientation here is on the left. Roads are pretty much well-maintained here, and intersections are almost always safe to cross due to installed traffic lights and signals. Streets are also properly marked, although it wouldn't hurt to have a map or a GPS system (or access to the Internet and therefore, map apps) so that you won't be lost. Weekday morning heavy traffic starts at 7:00 in the morning, in the areas of Route 1, Route 2, and M5 towards the city centre and the surrounding roads. It subsides at around 9:30 in the morning, slowly returning from 3:30 in the afternoon up to 6:30 in the evening. During other times of the day, there will be no problems – as at these hours the roads are pretty clear. Outside the city centre however, it is a different story altogether – since most roads are usually open and with free flowing traffic.
Petrol stations have attendants in here, so when fuelling up just let the attendants fill the vehicle's tank up. Just tell them what kind of petrol the vehicle uses, and they'd get to it in no time.
Getting to your destination
A historic neighbourhood located on a hill southwest of downtown, the area of Bo-Kaap was inhabited mainly by Muslim descendants of slaves from Southeast Asia, earning it the name “Malay Quarter”. It is commonly used for film shoots as there are some interesting and colourful buildings, streets, and mosques. Apart from the quirky establishments, several street food vendors here offer some tasty meals.
Bo-Kaap is located right within the downtown area/city centre.
The Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest surviving building, built between the years 1666 and 1678. Popularly called “The Castle”, it has extensive displays of historical military paraphernalia, art collections, and several others.
The Castle is also located right within the city centre, along Newmarket Street.
Located just off the coast from Cape Town, Robben Island served as a penitentiary during the apartheid days. It served as a prison for Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Today though, people come in here for the scenic views.
From central Cape Town, drive towards the port and then ride a ferry to the island of Robben.