Discover Cape Town, South Africa
Don’t decide on your favourite city until you’ve been to Cape Town. South Africa’s Mother City, it boasts one of the world’s most stunning urban locations, set spectacularly between Table Mountain and the sea. From the penguins at Boulders to the big game at Solole, there’s plenty of wildlife to observe, and the city itself is no slouch when it comes to showing visitors a good time.
You’ll enjoy cosmopolitan bars and restaurants and a lively cultural scene, particularly when it comes to music. The best way to see the area and its nearby attractions is through Cape Town car rental.
6 Places to See around Cape Town
Witness the irrepressible spirit of the South African people with a tour of the townships. A visit to somewhere like Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats gives you a real insight into the lives of Capetonians. The best approach is via a reputable guided tour, as it is inadvisable to visit the townships on your own.
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens
The spectacular Kirstenbosch gardens, set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, are renowned for their collections of Cape flora. A 15 minute drive from the city with car hire, the gardens grow only native South African plants and are included among the seven magnificent gardens of the world. You’ll find 6,000 species of Southern African plants here, with the native fynbos among the standouts.
See where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during the apartheid era and take a tour of Robben Island. The experience begins with a stunning boat trip from Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and features guided tours of the facility by former prisoners. You’ll see the maximum security prison, the limestone quarry, the churches, and the Motoru Kramat (a sacred site for Muslim pilgrimage) on the Island.
Visiting Capetown without seeing Table Mountain is like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower. Just a 5-minute drive from Capetown with car hire, Table Mountain is a spectacular 1,086-metre landmark that you can enjoy hiking, climbing, biking, abseiling, or paragliding. Or you could just take the delightful revolving cable car. Enjoy the view from walkways and paths that allow you to admire the unique plant life and basking dassies (animals that resemble overgrown guinea pigs).
Hermanus is the world’s best land-based whale watching destination. From June to December, you can stand on the rocks at Walker Bay and see southern right whales just 3 or 4 metres away from you. Listen out for the Whale Crier, who blows a kelp horn when whales are seen along the central sea route. With car hire, you can stop off at Boulders Beach en route to Hermanus to visit the penguin colony.
Constantia Wine Route
Table Mountain overlooks some of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, where cool coastal breezes, ancient soil, and the distinctive influence of the fynbos vegetation contribute to the production of exceptional wines. Car hire gives you the freedom to explore the Constantia Wine Route, which comprises the Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg plantations.