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With friends I have driven from P.E. to Capetown via the Garden Route. Also from Jo'burg to P.E. and many other places in South Africa and I never felt the least bit nervous. We just never drove at night and kept purses, cameras etc. out of sight. I wouldn't pick up hitchhikers but I wouldn't do that here in Canada either.
This was in response to a question in the South African Forum.
Updated Dec 6, 2011
Ok, this was my first time driving on the left...and for everything I was told by people who had done it.....My opinion is; it was not as hard as people think it is, it took me about 5 minutes to figure it out....I really didn't have much of a learning curve.....we bascially came off the airplane and into the rental car..... a bit scary when you have the car coming at you, but it wasn't hard at all.....sometimes I would have the tendency to steer right, but once you see a car coming in your direction you realize your on the wrong side and then you move to the left ......one advantage though we had an automatic car, with all the hills in and around Cape Town I think it would have been way more difficult with a manual car.
Written Jun 29, 2007
If you are in a large group I suggest ordering a Rikki taxi. They're larger carriers and can take you anywhere in the city for 10ZAR (2USD), you just have to fill them. A great option if you have a bunch that are all heading in the same direction. It will save you alot of money on taxis. There are not really any other options for mass public transport.
Updated Mar 15, 2007
Unless you walk up (it's a long way!), then the Cable Car is your only means of getting to the top of Table Mountain and back down again.
The Cable Cars rotate, so you will get some fab piccies - no need to push your way to position as soon as you get in!
The views up there are spectacular.
Written Mar 3, 2007
Pretty much like a shared-taxi, Rikki takes you wherever you wanna be. You can always find one at most of the tourist attractions. The Rikki collects (max 5-6) people who's going in the same direction, just tell the driver where you wanna get off, if it's on his way then jump on. It goes as far as Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch Garden, the price depends on how many persons on board.
Written Dec 30, 2006
From Cape Town harbour you can go on a tour of the peninsula quite easily - this is largely due to your budget. You can go on pre-scheduled tours on launches and catamarans, hire catamarans for the day, hire a yacht etc. the choice is yours!
Updated Apr 19, 2006
If you don't have a car in Cape Town and still want to enjoy a 'private' tour, I'm posting here the guide I had there. HIs name is Ebrahim Mall (Sun Afrique – Tours and Transfers). You make your tour with him and fix the time.
He's very nice and friendly and the service was excellent. It was even cheaper than these bus tours and we had the freedom to decide how long we wanted to stay in one place or change the tour spontaneously because of the weather conditions.
Written Jan 7, 2006
Coming from overseas I recommend choosing an airline, that offers a multi media equipment in every seat.
I hate flying and I never can sleep. But with the KLM flight from Amsterdam to Cape town on a 777 even the long distance flight was a pleasure. So I recommend to check out on the internet, what aircraft is used when choosing the airline. I´d be happy to pay 10 or 20 € more and have an entertaining flight.
Written Apr 25, 2004
You can rent cars in Cape Town and the roads are good and not too busy.We used my husbands sisters car and found driving around the Cape very easy,but we did get lost several times when we had a night out and then tried to find our way back in the dark.Do buy a good map.
Written Nov 5, 2002
Cape Town has a big,busy international airport.There is a departure tax of 25 rand to neighbouring African countries and 38 rand to all others...My flight took about 18 hours.From door to door,this was a 24 hour round trip,but worth it...
Cape Town has a good bus network.You can get anywhere in the city for about 2 rand.But buses only run along the atlantic side.There are minibus taxis that you can use.
Updated Nov 5, 2002
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