So, you made it to the Mother City and you’ve got your perfect rental from AroundAboutCars, the best car hire Cape Town agency, now what? A place like Cape Town has so much to offer, being such a diverse city there’s something for everyone, whether you’re an adventurous trailblazer or a laid-back wine lover, we’ve got you covered. In just a short five minutes of reading time, get inspired to explore the Cape of Good Hope in your new rental using in-depth lists we’ve compiled below.
Top 6 Peninsula Hot-Spots
Looking for a couple of the top must-see spots in the Cape? Look no further, exploring such a multicultural place in your new car hire Cape Town ride is a dream come true for many. You haven’t been to Cape Town if you haven’t visited at least three of the following destinations:
− Cable Car Ride Up Table Mountain: It’s pretty obvious why this is first on the list, it’s one of the seven wonders of the world, need we say more? As the most prominent landmark in the whole of South Africa and the backdrop to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is no wonder why this is such a popular activity for anyone visiting the city. A quick five-minute cable car ride up to the top, some breath-taking views and even a place to grab a bite to eat, there is no excuse to not give it a go.
− Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Easy to reach in your car hire Cape Town rental and a great activity for the family, entry is cheap and there are a few lovely lunch spots! We recommend it as one of the best Instagram-spots in the city, you can’t get a bad photo in this natural beauty.
− Camps Bay: A scenic drive, luxury lunch, ice cream or cocktail spot? Sign us up! You really can’t miss this one, there’s a gorgeous white-sand beach and some of the highest rated restaurants in the city, what’s not to love?
− The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront: Shop ‘til you drop and then recover with award-winning sushi, baked goods or sweet treats! It’s so much more than a shopping mall, with several pop-up art exhibitions, museums and galleries as well as being walking distance from several of the city’s prominent landmarks, it’s worth waging the crowd of people you’ll always find there.
− Bo-Kaap: Explore the heart of the Cape Malay community, whether its stopping in the area to visit the Bo-Kaap museum to learn more about the enriched history of the Cape or just driving through the rolling hills of colourful houses, it’s worth your while.
− Zeitz MOCAA: The Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a relatively recent addition to the cultural centre of Cape Town but has quickly become an essential stop for any art-loving travellers and locals. With the gorgeous backdrop of Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, it truly showcases the best of what Cape Town has to offer.
Top 5 Scenic Drives
Looking for a scenic drive to end off a busy day of sightseeing? Or maybe you just want to blast your favourite album with the windows down while smelling the ocean, whatever it is, we’ve got you covered. Below you can find a list of the tried-and-true best scenic drives in the peninsula, so take your car hire Cape Town ride for a spin on these gorgeous routes:
− Chapman’s Peak: 15-kilometers long, this road cuts through the cliff between Nordhoek and Hout Bay. In approximately a thirty-minute drive, absorb the classic beauty of what Cape Down scenic drives have to offer. Known as the ‘granddaddy’ of Cape scenic routes and the star of many TV-commercials, if you’re looking for a cliff-side scenic drive, this is the one for you.
− R44 – Gordon’s Bay to Somerset West: This windy drive all along the coastline hugging the Gordon’s Bay mountain is the perfect place to drive with the windows down and to catch that ocean air. The views across False Bay towards Table Mountain are just breath-taking, water has never looked so blue!
− Boyes Drive: If you’re looking for a scenic route that won’t take up too much time then Boyes Drive is the one for you. Taking only about nine minutes, it provides sweeping views of Muizenberg and is often used by shark-spotters to alert surfers! With several spots where you can pull over to take a quick picture, it’s great for people who don’t want to spend too much time on the road.
− Melkbos to Cape Town: Another beauty that makes you want to roll the windows down and belt your favourite tunes! This is such a pleasant drive with it being mostly straight and flat, ending with the most-photographed view of Table Mountain as you enter the city through Bloubergstrand and often hundreds of kite-surfers, it’s a relaxing route to take with your care hire Cape town rental, and a memorable view to end it off.
− Victoria Road: Possibly one of the most underrated scenic drives in the city, this route offers and endless stream of quirky and attention-grabbing sights, ranging from the cosmopolitan beaches of Camps Bay to the exclusive Llandudno suburb.
Top 4 4×4 Trails
Do the relaxing scenic drives not really float your boat? Not to worry, the Cape has plenty of exciting 4×4 routes to offer. Your car hire Cape Town experience doesn’t only have to consist of getting stuck in rush-hour traffic or sea-side drives, it can be adventurous too. Check out any of the following routes we’ve compiled for you in your AroundAboutCars 4×4 rental:
− Boegoeberg Trail: For the adventure-lovers who still want something scenic, this is the obvious choice. This trail is situated high up on the Lambertshoek farm in Citresdal, scattered with steep inclines over rock formations, it will be sure to test your technical driving skills.
− Glen Oaks Trail: Located in the Cape Overberg in Caledon, this trail is set up like an obstacle course. Taking you through leafy forests and the foothills of the Klein River Mountain, it will definitely satisfy the thrill-seeker in any experienced 4×4 driver.
− Klein Tafelberg Trail: Voted as South Africa’s best 4×4 trail, Klein Tafelberg is known for its sand dunes. Located in Redlinghuyes on the West Coast, experience the untouched terrain of the Western Cape on a Trail that will challenge you and might require you to bring along some recovery equipment.
− Ostrich Eco Trail: The Ostrich Eco Trail is the perfect 4×4 Trail for beginners. Located approximately one kilometre outside Witsand in the Cape Overberg, this route offers a feast for the senses, it is well worth the effort to get there.
Top 3 Day Trips
If you are in the Cape of Good Hope long enough to explore a few of the wider peninsula areas, then you cannot miss out on these. It’s challenging to narrow it down to just three day trips but if you’re going to drive anywhere in your car hire Cape Town rental, it should be one of these destinations:
− Paternoster: Home to the 2019-selcted best restaurant in the world, Wolfgat, there is more to this tiny fishing-village than meets the eye. Only a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, Paternoster is a quaint and relaxing oasis – the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town city. Visit some of the best seafood restaurants in the country, or simply cruise through the quiet streets of the town, scattered with both traditional and modern fisherman-houses. Rumoured to be one of the oldest fishing-villages in the country, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
− Cape Floral Route: Situated approximately one and a half hours’ drive outside of Cape Town, the Cape Floral Route is bursting to life in the spring and makes for the perfect day trip with the West Coast Nature Reserve and many other fishing-villages on its path. This day trip consists mostly of driving along scenic roads and hopping from one nature reserve and fisherman’s-town to the next. When the flowers are in bloom, you’ll also be presented with some magnificent photo-opportunities, what’s not to love!
− Cape Winelands: This list would not be complete without the Cape Winelands. Wine-lovers from all around the world travel to Cape Town for a chance to tour the Cape Winelands, and for good reason. South Africa is known to produce some of the best wine in the world, so it’s no wonder the farms in the region cater to some of the best tour experiences money can buy. Although we’d recommend spending a few days exploring the area, a day trip consisting of farm hopping and wine tasting is essential for anyone intrigued by the wine-making process, just make sure you have a trusty designated driver!
Top 2Car Hire Cape Town Road Trip Routes
If you plan on spending more than a week in the Western Cape, then taking a mini road-trip could be one of the best ways to properly immerse yourself and experience as much as possible on your holiday. Below you can find two of the best destinations for mini road-trips within a 3-hour drive from Cape Town city, the perfect start or end to your car hire Cape Town experience:
− Hermanus: This sea-side town comes to life between the months of July and October, two words: Whale Season. Known as the Whale-watching capital of the world, if you are in the area it is well worth the trip and the drive there isn’t too bad either!
− The Garden Route: Pertinently named for its luscious green surrounds, the Garden Route can turn into a longer road trip as it stretches all the way up to the Eastern Cape, however some of the best town to visit on the way would be Knysna, Mossel Bay and Montagu. Hermanus is also located on this route so kill two birds with one stone and embark on one of the best road-trips you’ll ever take!
Best Park and Chill Lookout Point
A trip to the Mother-City wouldn’t be complete without spending one summer sunset on Signal Hill, with the best panoramic views of the city, Signal Hill makes for the perfect spot to park and chill, watching the sunset or sunrise. Summer evenings on the hillside are very popular so make sure you get there early to secure the best parking spot from which you can enjoy the sunset, or venture out of the comfort of your vehicle for a picnic and sundowners, it’ll be the perfect end to an unforgettable trip.
Your car hire Cape Town experience would already be memorable if you rent from AroundAboutCars, but you can elevate it by using this concise guide we’ve created just for you.