Afrique du Sud Backpackers

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Taxis v minibus taxis

by jill92

I will be staying in CT next week (hotel 10 mins walk from V & A waterfront). I want to go up Table Mtn on the cable car. What is the best way to bet to the Cable Car station? Is it walkable? How much would a taxi be? Could I flag one down on the street? Are minibus taxis safe/accessible? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated asap due to close dep. date. Thanx.
PS Has anyone done the abseiling from Table Mt? What's it like?

Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by Gerald_D

You could use the municipal "Golden Arrow" buses

The cable car station is 6km from the Waterfront and a climb of 300 meters

You could phone for a metered taxi (can't be hailed in the street) or get one from the taxi rank in the V&A Waterfront.

You could use the sightseeing bus that leaves from the Waterfront. (the photo on the front page has the bus near the cable station - the Waterfront is at the most distant background)

Or you could use the minibus taxis if there is already a couple of lady passengers in them. Within the central city it is a fairly safe thing for backpackers to do.

(Mini-bus taxis and Golden Arrow buses stop 1 km from the cableway station)

Best to ask your hosts or the tourist info office at the Waterfront.

Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by antandgraceRoff2sea

taxis from the waterfront meter taxi rank can be horrendously overpriced though. if you dont mind sharing a taxi, you could get a Rikki (shared cabs that charge a set price - for that distance it would probably be around R30) their number is 021745547 - thats what id do!

Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by junecorlett

I would rather use the transport provided by the hotels. They would have a shuttle service for Table Mountain.
Avoid the mini-bus taxi.

Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by klmousseau

We'll be staying in Cape Town next week too. Arriving on the 21st and leaving on the 24th - driving around the Cape Peninsula en route to Hermanus. We're planning on going to the Cable Car as well on either the 22nd or 23rd, depending on the weather. We'll have a rental car. If you'd like to catch a ride, we're staying right next to the V&A Waterfront (near the Aquarium) we'll be happy to give you a ride. (by the way, we're 2 females, early 30's from NY and Boston). You can email me on here if you'd like a ride.
Happy Travels!

Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by jill92


Thank you so much for your kind offer of a lift. Regrettably, I arrive in CT on the 25th so we do not overlap. The responses on this forum have been excellent! Thank you everyone for your replies.


Re: Taxis v minibus taxis

by hollyday

The sight seeing bus goes right to the Cable way so it is a good means of getting there as well as having a look around Cape Town at the same time.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

visit Table Mountain for the...

by cymru

visit Table Mountain for the most spectacular views in the southern hemisphere.
Visit Boulders and walk with the penguins. The price of everything is so cheap for British, Americans and Europeans.

South African Plug

by MikeAtSea

South Africa has a very unique plug system as you can see on the picture. Adapters are available in many shops including some supermarkets. My recommendation is that you by your adapters when you are in the country.

Township Tour

by chikidee

Although you always here that there is a lot of crime in the town ships you can book guided tours that are save!
I really recommend to go on one of these tours to see the other face of Cape Town, not only the clean tourist spots but also the hard every day live of the poor people.
On our tour we visited a school, the flower man, who makes flowers out of old cans, women who cook meals for the kids, that they get a cheap but good and hot meal at least once a day, and we also visited Vicky's B&B the only B&B in the township. You can book in there and get to know the live of the local people. It's very successful!

Maynardtville Open Air theatre

by mvtouring about Maynardtville Open Air theatre

Every year in Jan/Feb CAPAB offers ballet in Maynardtville open air theatre. This is a wonderfull experience but it can get a tad cool, so always bring something warm with you as well as a blankie to put over your knees. We usually have a picknic before the time in the gardens which is wonderfull Smart casual to very casual.

The Hildebrand

by paradisedreamer about The Hildebrand

Hildebrand Restaurant has occupied various premises during it's 100-year long history. In 1995, the restaurant took over the historic site it now occupies, at the Pierhead of the V & A Waterfront. Overlooking the Victoria Basin, the restaurant and its function rooms have breathtaking views of the working harbour. The food is outstanding and you will receive good service as well. If it is a nice evening sit outside on the terrace and watch the world go by.

We actually met the couple in the picture on a bus from Singapore to KL. They are from Sweden and we only had a couple of days with them in KL. It was great to meet up with them in Cape Town and catch up.


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