Cape Town Car Rentals

Cape Town is situated on the West Coast of South Africa, close to L’agullas, which forms the most Southern point of the African continent. It is widely considered as a beautiful part of the world with its well known and most miraculous, Table Mountain. Seeing that it is a coastal city, it has a very moderate climate with winter rainfall and very strong seasonal winds. The city is also infamous for its inhabitants’ late back attitude, which one can argue, forms part of the Cape cultural heritage.

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Cape Town Car Rentals Include

  • Free mileage per day according to package booked (either 100km free per day OR 200 km free per day or unlimited mileage)
  • Collision damage waiver liability. This covers you for damage to your hired vehicle in the event of an accident.
  • Theft waiver
  • Airport surcharges
  • Bail bonds (where needed)
  • All local taxes

Car Hire Pick Up And Drop Off Points

  • Cape Town Airport
  • Cape Town Downtown
  • Cape Town Southern Suberbs Down Town
  • Table View

History

In 1488 Bartolomeus Dias arrived at the Cape and called it The Cape of Storms (later renamed as The Cape of Good Hope). A decade later, Vasco de Gama arrived at the Cape and from this arrival the Portuguese monopolized Eastern trade and the Europeans became familiar to the Khoi-khoi. It could be derived that this planted the seed for the Capes cultural diversity.

In 1652, Jan van Riebeek established a permanent settlement at the Cape, which served as a halfway station for ships to take in fresh water and food. It also facilitated trade to the East. The Cape developed a need for slaves, due to the crops that were planted to serve the need for food of the passing ships. The imported slaves also made a contribution to the Capes diverse cultural heritage.

Cape Town Tourism

The Cape offers a good variety of ethnic music, coupled with tribal African dancers, which can be experienced at the St George’s Mall. There one will find good traditional African music performed on instruments such as bongo drums, xylophones and flutes. On the first of January the streets of Cape Town are filled with the reach cultural activity of the “Kaapse Klopse” or Coon Carnival. It is an annual parade of about 20 000 dancing and singing people, performing traditional tunes to start the new Year on a positive note. At this time of the year one can also enjoy the singing of the Cape’s Malay choirs and the many church choirs which forms a distinct part of the Cape’s musical and cultural heritage.

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is a major tourist attraction. The Castle, which is situated in the Cape Town city centre, is the oldest surviving stone building in South Africa. It offers tourists a very interesting museum and a good restaurant and it also forms the Western Cape’s military administrative headquarters.

Table Mountain

As already mentioned, Cape Town is well known for its flat mountain, which earned its name according to its description. It offers a very popular cablecar service which allows its visitors to go and relax at a good restaurant on top of the mountain, while enjoying the fabulous view.

The old Cape-Dutch buildings

Cape Town exists out of a variation of architectural styles, namely British, Dutch and the more contemporary African style. The old Cape-Dutch buildings is an interesting sight for the eye and depicts the cultural heritage of the city. Poor Africans, who can not afford descent housing, make use of interesting designs and materials to build their houses and this practice is called shack chic.

Robben Island

The city also provides its visitors with an amazing boat trip to Robben Island. Robben Island were used to hold political prisoners during the Apartheid struggle. It formed the depressing home of Nelson Mandella for over 27 years, who later became the president of South Africa. A whole lot of other South African politicians were also kept there because of their anti-apartheid activities. Today, Robben Island is a museum which commemorates the wrong doings of the past.

Accommodation

The city provides its visitors with a wide range of hotels, lodges, guest houses, bed and breakfasts’ and back packers. It is definitely a good bet for any kind of tourist, because of its diversity in music, people, food and architecture.