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    Car Rentals

    by vpas Written Jun 3, 2013

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    There are many rental car agencies in South Africa. We found Thrifty Dollars Rental cars were the most reasonable . You can find them at the airport or also at Hilton Hotel in the city. There is a petrol pump right opposite to Hilton Hotel which is convenient to fill in before dropping the car off.

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  • Carisma Car Hire

    by carisma10 Written May 11, 2012

    I have used carisma car hire. They are a small family run company based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. They can meet you at the airport if need be and are affiliated with the AA. They are friendly and efficient. They have great specials all year round as well. www.carismacarhire.co.za or 021 797 0066.

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    Fuel shortages: July 2011

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 28, 2011

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    For those planning to travel to South Africa in the next couple of weeks, please be advised that there is major strike action in progress at the time of writing (15 July 2011). The strike action that has most potential to affect tourists is that being undertaken by chemical workers, which has restricted/halted production at oil refineries, and severely constrained fuel transport by both pipeline and tanker, resulting in country-wide fuel shortages.

    Currently many service stations have run dry of both petrol (gas) and/or diesel, which clearly has implications for anyone planning a trip which involves self drive and/or has a road based component.

    Sadly, I have little advice on how to deal with this. One would hope that tour operators have made contingency plans (although how effective these might be should the strike be prolonged is debatable). The only advice that I can offer is that if you can avoid travelling whilst the strike is on, then you should try to do so.

    I will provide updates on the situation as soon as information becomes available.

    Update (26 July 2011): The strike has not yet been resolved, but the fuel supply situation seems to have stabilised - and reportedly did not affect Cape Town as severely as it did Johannesburg. My advice for the mean time would be to fill up your tank every couple of hundred kilometres if you're planning a long journey, so that you've got a substantial buffer should you find yourself in an area where fuel supplies have run dry.

    Update: 28 July 2011: Happily the strike was resolved today, and fuel supplies are pretty well normalised already.

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  • Cars with drivers in Cape Town

    by mikivitez Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Cape Town there is no public transport, whatever they say. The mini bus taxis are dangerous and overcrowded. The traffic is usally crazy, not like Europe at all-
    Take a look at this website if you're looking for reliable car with driver/tour guide.
    www.travel-cape-town.com

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  • Public transport vs car hire

    by AdeleKen Written Jan 27, 2011

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    Public transport in South Africa is not very reliable and has limited coverage of the city. Standard taxis can be dangerous and private taxis can work out very expensive. (About R10 per km)
    The most affordable and reliable form of transport is to hire a car to get around Cape Town.
    You can try www.adelphi.co.za as they are reliable and been around for over 50 years.

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  • Cape Town Official Tour Guide/Drive Recommendation

    by dawngris Updated Nov 8, 2010

    I've been to Cape Town twice and had the very good fortune to meet Keith Berg, an official authorised tour guide. Each time Keith has taken us on fabulous tours around the city, table mountain and Cape Point.

    We can not thank Keith enough for recommendations of restaurants and accomodation. Airport transportation, just getting around Cape Town or touring the area have all been a pleasure with Keith. Knowing all the local B&Bs as well, he can organise that for anyone as need. He also arrange a self catering flat or rental cars if you prefer.

    Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the personal care and historic information which Keith is so keen to share with you along the way.

    Keiths mobile is +27 83 449 1205 and email is bergkeith@gmail.com

    D.Grisoni
    Fribourg
    Switzerland

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    Cape Town

    by antonela Written Sep 4, 2010

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    Renting a car in Cape Town is probably the best option in terms of viability, allowing you the freedom to explore at your leisure, and access areas that trains and buses cannot. While other methods of transport are relatively less expensive, hiring a car is certainly the most convenient.

    While hi-jacking is not as prevalent a concern as in Gauteng, be aware! Don’t take unnecessary risks, and make sure you know your route. Also make sure you don’t leave bags or C.D’s lying in the car while parked.

    Most of the car hire companies will drop of or pick up at your hotel, and you can hire at the airport itself. Some of the better car hire company options include Around About Cars (0860 422 4022) and Tempest Car Hire (021 935 8650). For a really luxuriant, tailored to your needs service, spoil yourself with Status Luxury Vehicles (0861 100 108)

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    All Taxis are not equal

    by Sunshine64 Written Jan 28, 2010

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    We were warned by several different people about unscrupulous taxi drivers. While we walked as much as possible, and used a guide for a city area tour, we got a card from our guesthouse of a reliable taxi company. The other advice we were given is not to get in a taxi that does not have a meter.

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  • Easy to drive but avoid EasyCar

    by CASMAN Written Nov 23, 2008

    Driving through the Western Cape is a joy, long open roads with very little traffic. The little traffic there is pulls over to let you pass on the single carriage roads. Driving around Cape Town is also fine, but there is a lot of traffic during rush hours. I think a hire car is a must to get to all the main tourist attractions (even if you are staying at the V&A Waterfront - e.g. there is no longer a shuttle to table mountain).

    When hiring a car avoid EasyCar. They sent me to a non-existing hotel to pick-up my car and it took me over 2hours to find out where the Hire Depot was. On complaining to EasyCar they said "we deal with more than 50 suppliers at more than 2,200 locations worldwide and it is up to these suppliers to advise us of any changes" (i.e. we are big and can't be bothered to ensure our booking information is correct). The supplier (which was Europcar) told me that the hotel changed it's name over a year ago and it is only EasyCar that send customers to the wrong hotel. The hire car from Europcar was fine so I suggest booking with them direct.

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  • In the world of exploring a city: Cars are King

    by singatha Written Jun 27, 2008

    Being a newbie or visitor, can be hard on ones logical sense of placement, dont know about others, but the city is hard to understand. After a few years living here i still get lost often. But then i see it as some interesting version of "adventure".
    If you travel to Cape Town for a visit, its best to find yourself a cheap car hire service. I did that at first. And i always recommend my friends and family to do the same, if not for anything else, "the adventure" of getting lost. I have become very loyal to www.cars4less.co.za

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    Cheap reliable taxis in Cape Town

    by MichaelaGabriel Written Apr 8, 2008

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    Hello,

    the cheapest way IF YOU DONT HAVE A CAR is to get there by Rikkis Taxi (you pay by zone) or Excite Taxi (8Rand/KM). Rikkis 086 174 5547 Excite 021 418 4444.

    Cheers,
    Michaela
    www.arbeiteninkapstadt.com

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    South Africa to Lesotho

    by John195123 Written Mar 16, 2008

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    Sani Pass

    Drive up Sani Pass before it's paved... they want to pave it to help the local economy of Lesotho. That's all well and good, but the icy, snowy, muddy, narrow switchback road up Sani Pass is a great drive up to the highlands of Lesotho... not something to be missed. I'll try to find another image of it, but I was busy driving and not taking pictures.

    Sani Pass is a beautiful off-road drive. You'll need four-wheel drive in the winter, especially, but I'm not sure you're allowed to go up if you don't have it. It'd be nice to have in Lesotho as well.

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    Be cautious

    by ghajela Written Nov 7, 2007

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    Cape Town though is usually safe but it is always recommended to take the official Taxi written on Yellow for transportation. DO NOT take lift or Taxi which are not officially designated. Law and order tend to be loose at night. Always carry your hotel card with you as somtime language can be problem with Taxi driver.

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  • Best way to get around- Rikkis

    by cherrysco Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Public transport in Cape Town is basically non-existent. You can use metered taxis/cabs, but you might pay a lot. So the best way of getting around is by using Rikkis- basically a cab that you can phone up, but you share it with other people. Check it out at http://www.rikkis.co.za/index.htm. They fetch you quickly and the prices are very reasonable. Alternatively people might also recommend 'black taxis', which are very cheap to use, but often the drivers don't have drivers' licences and their vehicles aren't roadworthy. Best other bet: rent a car. Just be warned, throughout the city, you have informal 'car guards' who look after your car if you park on the street- they're an absolute nuisance, but the easiest thing to do is just give them R2 when you come back to your car- never pay anyone upfront!

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  • Best way to get around- Rikkis

    by cherrysco Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Public transport in Cape Town is basically non-existent. You can use metered taxis/cabs, but you might pay a lot. So the best way of getting around is by using Rikkis- basically a cab that you can phone up, but you share it with other people. Check it out at http://www.rikkis.co.za/index.htm. They fetch you quickly and the prices are very reasonable. Alternatively people might also recommend 'black taxis', which are very cheap to use, but often the drivers don't have drivers' licences and their vehicles aren't roadworthy. Best other bet: rent a car. Just be warned, throughout the city, you have informal 'car guards' who look after your car if you park on the street- they're an absolute nuisance, but the easiest thing to do is just give them R2 when you come back to your car- never pay anyone upfront!

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