Protea Hotel Island Club

Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7441, South Africa
Protea Hotel Island Club
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Car Hire

by sparkly_jem

I'm going to Cape town at the end of the month and was wondering if anyone can reccomend a cheap, reliable car hire company?

Re: Car Hire

by Doempie

The only company I've ever used to rent a car in South Africa, is Avis. They are one of the biggest (if not the biggest) company in SA. You'll find them confeniantly located at (or close to) airports and the larger tourist places. You can make a reservation online at The bottom of their range that you can hire is a citi golf which will go for about R250 (more or less what we paid for one in December in Durban). If you have any further questions, just mail me! Good luck planning your trip!

Re: Car Hire

by cleocat

We used Avis a lot and they are excellent. Lately I find Budget cheaper and the service is just as good if not better than Avis. Hertz has also been around for a long time.

Re: Car Hire

by Jenniflower

We always use Nova Car Hire when we go to South Africa now... we have found them to be a lot cheaper than other firms and they are dependable!

Re: Car Hire

by carteki

I found a company called blue dot car hire ( they offer older vehicles and consequently a much cheaper rate. I haven't used them before, so can't comment on their service.
Have a good trip.

Re: Car Hire

by cleocat

If you are just going to drive around CPT that could work. Check with them what happens if the car breaks down. If they are only in CPt and you drive further out of Cape town it might be a problem to get a replacement.

Re: Car Hire

by Jenniflower

I agree. I would want a newer, more reliable car for travelling... South Africa is BIG!

Re: Car Hire

by carteki

Lets define "older" their cars are 18 months or older. I was just chatting to a friend and saying that the last time I drove a car that was that "young" was in 1996! I've just driven from Natal to George in a 5 year old car and I did not have any issues.

Re: Car Hire

by Jenniflower

Well that's not old to me! Old to me is a bumper falling off and wonky steering ;)

Re: Car Hire

by cleocat

the only time we drive a new car is when we hire one. There are tons of old cars on the roads and they seem to all make it. But to be stuck somewhere and you can't get a replacement car can make your life very miserable. It happened to us with an Avis car once in the Cape but because it was Avis we had a replacement in no time. Even the new cars can break down. I'm all for the smaller places getting a break because I think the big companies are making mega bugs out of us.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Groote Schuur Hospital

by morne

This is prob not your normal photo of the hospital. It was taken from the hospital graveyard and has the new hospital in the back ground. Made famous by Dr Christiaan Barnard and his team of heart surgeons with the first ever human heart transplant in the world.

Newlands, next to SA Breweirs

by kenHuocj

from primary school to Unoiversity and nowadays, it's a professional sport too.
In Cape Town, The home gounds is Newlands,.
In their bluw & white Jerseys, they are always a formidible team



Cape Town is one of the most popular long haul destinations in the world. Due to its unique topography, it is also one of the easiest places in which to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. Within the Cape Town Region, there are seven tourism areas - the Atlantic Seaboard, Blaauwberg Coast, Cape Flats, Cape Town City, Cape Town North, Cape Town South and the False Bay Coast. These areas are defined by their geographical location and within each area there are a number of towns and suburbs.
Cape Town, as a region stretches from the Cape Town city centre and V&A Waterfront on Table Bay in the north, to Cape Point in the south. The northern boundary stretches from the Cape Town city centre up the west coast to just beyond Bloubergstrand. The area known as the Atlantic Seaboard follows the western coast from Cape Town city centre to Cape Point. The eastern boundary is on the False Bay coast just beyond Gordons Bay which is nestled below the Hottentots Holland Mountains. From Gordons Bay you would visit the Cape Overberg region via Sir Lowrys Pass. The Cape Flats and Cape Town North areas continue to form the eastern boundary of the Cape Town region, bordering the Cape Winelands.

Culturally Cape Town is at its most active during the months from June to September when the silly season is over and people get down to doing what they do best, relaxing and enjoying the Cape Town lifestyle.
Dont forget about the whales who visit our shores to mate and breed and the proteas are in full bloom. If it all gets too much there is also no better place in the world to cuddle up next to a roaring fire with someone special.

A car is a must

by AndreSTGT

Cape Town is one of those cities where you really need your own transport. Even within city limits there is no extensive or useful public transport system and getting to and around the peninsula, the Winelands or the Atlantic coast would be next to impossible without a car.
Car rental is not expensive in South Africa, petrol is cheap and driving is a pleasure, even in the cities.

for a happy hour away from the Mobs & city bustle

by kenHuocj about it's a quiz, react by writing to me ;-)))

it's upmarket
an idea of prices when you want to haunt a trendy institution

....."...... it prides itself on its innovative wine list, which has been chosen in consultation with the Chef to offer quality and a broad selection.

The structure of the wine list is unique in that it is categorised via set price categories making your selection a welcome task.



R 55
Nederberg Stein
Vergelegen Vin de Florence
Backsberg Chenin Blanc
Rhebokskloof Bouquet Blanc
Springfield Colombard/Chardonnay
Nederburg Rosè
Delheim Dry Red
Simonsig Adelberg
Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Boschendal La Pavillon Rouge

R 75
Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc
Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc
Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc
Morgenhof Chardonnay
Neethlingshof Gewutztraminer
Nederberg Prelude
Boland Shiraz
Boschendal Blanc de Noir
Chateau Libertas
Zevenwacht Zevenrood
J C le Roux Sauvignon Blanc Brut

R 95
L Ormarins Sauvignon Blanc
La Motte Sauvignon Blanc
Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Goedverwacht Chardonnay
Louisvale Chavant
Beyerskloof Pinotage
Jacobsdal Pinotage
Meerendal Cabernet Sauvignon
Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon
Vergelegen Mill Race
Swartland Shiraz
Durbanville Hills Merlot

R 115
Delheim Shiraz
Villiera Merlot
Fleur de Cap Semillion un filtered
Uitkyk Chardonnay
Neil Ellis Groene Sauvignon Blanc
Alto Estate Alto Rouge
Graham Beck Brut
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound
Avontuur Cabernet
Constantia Uitsig Sauvignon Blanc

R 185
Rupert and Rothchild Baroness Nadine Chardonnay
Boschendal Merlot
Glen Carlou Pinot Noir
Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon
Springfield Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc
L'Ormarins Optima
Warwick Trilogy

R 245
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Meerlust Chardonnay
Cloof Pinotage
Morgenhof Premier Collection
Rust en Vrede Cabernet

R 285
2000 Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir
1994 Meerendal Pinotage
1999 Thelema Merlot
1999 KWV Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 Saxenburg PC Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc

R 350
1980 KWV Roodeberg
1982 Allesverloren Shiraz to many, very Pricey according to Rand Standard
yet if your'e a 3 figure international hard currency tourist
or corporate amex charge car person
it's manna from heaven
with nectars and morsels for the well heeled and deep wallets

let's test your sherlock holmes
and sniffing instincts



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