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Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by jo104

I've booked my flights back to Cape Town to stay with my parents for the month of December. I am looking for a cheap car to hire for period 3rd - 30 Dec I've been looking around and it looks fairly pricey. I can do without some new flash motor in fact I suppose I feel more comfortable in something more worn in.

Any ideas?

Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by Gerald_D

There are dozens of companies offering so called "cheap" car quickly gives a list like this:

The cheapest cars used by surfers are from bestbeetle, but I doubt you want one of those. Often see them broken down or being towed - they are not as smart as the pics on their (broken) web site.

Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by lynnehamman

There is not much difference in price re car rental companies.
Avis, Europcar & Budget are the old faithfuls.

Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by jo104

thanks Gerald been trawling through the google cheap car hire & your link was helpful.

Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by faurec


Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by justplainjane000

You could also try Around About Cars ( they are generally cheaper than the bigger companies and they are often running a Cape Town Special.

Re: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

by MoniqueL

This is the cheapest site I could find as I am also going to SA to visit family in December.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

cape town pass

by iam1wthee

You will need to buy a multiday pass because doing the museums alone can be an all day event. Go to the site and figure out what you want to do add up the costs of those things and the cost of buying a multi-day pass and see if it is cost effective for you.

If you can get it online it is best because not all hotels have this on hand. If not then at the Waterfront Boat company which I believe is key 5 underneath the big mall is where you will buy it. When they asks you what time to activate make sure that you say 9am-10am.

To use the hop on hop off bus you will have to go the office near the aquarium give them the card and then they will give you the ticket.



The South African Freedom Day (April 27) is now firmly associated with the Freedom to Sing Day. It`s the day of Singathon organized by the Cape Town Opera (CTO) at the Waterfront amphitheatre in which singers from all walks have the chance to raise their voices in song and to raise money for opera.

Started in 1999 as an experiment, the Singathon has become an annual tradition providing a load of fun for professional and amateur soloists, choral groups, children`s choirs who donate their voices for the day. CTO`s own choral groups and Sanlam Studio singers are also there to ensure the singing never stops. If you are in Cape Town on this day, take a break from your morning meanders to experience this joyous event for yourself. I'm usually not an Opera fan, but these songs and performances were truly heart-moving. I couldn't stop listen to it!

Unearth the recent past: West Coast Fossil Park

by CatherineReichardt

You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind!
The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate for fertiliser manufacture. During mining, a huge number of mammal bones were unearthed, which provide a fascinating insight into the ecosystem of the region during the late Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago) - a blink of an eye in terms of geological time. The mine was finally closed in 1993, and the site was deemed to be of such scientific significance that it was handed over to Iziko (the South African museum).
The phosphate deposit was laid down at a time when the area received more rainfall and supported lush, riverine forests and open grasslands. The fauna discovered at Langebaan is fascinating and includes sabre-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, hunting hyenas and African bears.
We last visited in 2006, at which time the park was just getting going. We found the fossil excavation absolutely brilliant - absolutely bristling with bones - but at the time, the display materials were a little rudimentary. I hope that in the intervening period they have managed to upgrade this, as it is hard to envisage the beasts without seeing some sort of reconstruction or model, particularly for kids.
When we visited, there was only only guided tour a day, so best to contact them ahead of time to check, as it would be a shame to drive all that way and miss out!
There is a small restaurant and kiddies' playground on site. The website below also indicates that there are now cycle paths and opportunities to go riding in the immediate area. Bear in mind that this area is pretty exposed, with little shade, so be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
If you are interested in visiting the fossil park, it would be ideal to combine it with a visit to the stark but beautiful West Coast National Park. This park incorporates the turquoise Langebaan Lagoon, which is probably the warmest water that you'll find in the Cape (be warned that this is a relative term!)

Chill out at the beach

by lobstop about La Med

The "La Med" is a cool place to go in Cliffton, about 15 minutes drive from the waterfront. The place reminded me of a US-College party. Lots of drunk people, but all in a very good mood. "La Med" is save (with security) and located right at the beach. casual

Fantastic value for money

by mirko77 about Arnold's cafe

This is probably Cape Town's best hidden secret. The enthusiastic young management provides incredible value for money seafood, game, grill and cross cuisine.
The ambience is young and pleasant, informal but neat and elegant.
It looks more like a European cafe'.
The wine list is good, but the food is worth the trip to South Africa! My favourite is their "south african game platter", unmissable for anyone who wants to try new things. The game is cooked to perfection (filet of zebra, ostrich and springbok, + crocodile ribs), each accompained by a special sauce. The meal comes with oven potato wedges and mix veggies.


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