1. Getting Around
With so much to do and see in beautiful Cape Town, you’ll be pulled in all directions and want to explore every nook and cranny the Mother City has to offer. So finding the easiest and most efficient modes of transportation is essential. That way, you can make the most of your time in Cape Town rather than spending precious minutes mapping out ways to get from here to there. Here’s my favourite ways to get around Cape Town:
a. Hiring a Driver
When it comes to journeying to the wineries and other major attractions you won’t want to miss out on, sometimes hiring a driver is the best way to go. There’s no shortage of qualified drivers and tour guides in Cape Town, with Pierre Synman being one. Offering motorbike, sidecar and general tours, Pierre is my top recommendation if you want a unique experience exploring Cape Town in all of its glory with a local who knows the ins and outs of the city like the back of his hand. Contact Pierre from Travel Buddy Tours on +27 82 3059110, but make sure to call in advance to find out his availabilities because he is quite busy. And if you do end up using him, make sure to tell Pierre hello from me!
b. Uber and Taxis
For short hops around Cape Town, taking a metered taxi or Uber is the cheapest and easiest option. To order an Uber, simply download the app on your smartphone, register, and start using straight away. Or if you decide taxi is the way to go, there are plenty of metered taxi fleets scattered around the city, including Marine Taxi, SA Cab and Unicab. Or if you’re looking to save some of your South African rands for later or simply desire a more sociable experience, try Rikkis Taxis. Rikkis Taxis allow you to ride with people travelling in the same direction as yourself and are a great way to meet new people and cut down on your carbon footprint while you’re at it!
c. Renting a Car
Known for being a driver’s city, arguably the easiest way to cruise the streets of Cape Town is by car. The benefits of hiring your own car is it puts you in the driver’s seat of your holiday by allowing you the flexibility to plan your day trips to all the major attractions at your own leisure. And when it comes to renting a car, there are many agencies downtown at your disposal, or waste no time at all and pick up a car as soon as you touch down at the Cape Town International Airport.
2. Getting Service
The easiest and most convenient way to stay on the grid as a traveller in Cape Town is by buying a local prepaid SIM card. Simply insert the SIM card into your mobile phone or Internet device and start using straight away. Now, you can have WIFI to order an Uber or taxi at the flick of your wrist, find directions quickly and easily if you find yourself lost, and even research new and exciting places to visit on-the-go.
Operating on a top-up basis also means you can keep track of how much money you’re using, and purchasing a local SIM card means you can hang on to your own phone and even use the same number every time you come back to Cape Town.
3. Finding Accommodation
From simple and rustic Airbnbs to ultra-modernchic hotels to lavish and luxurious resorts, there’s a wide range of fabulous places to treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R during your stay in Cape Town. Here’s some of my top picks for an unforgettable experience in some of the most marvellously unique places in throughout the city:
a. The Grand Daddy Hotel’s Rooftop Trailer Park
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience you won’t soon forget, a night at the Grand Daddy Hotel’s Rooftop Trailer Park needs to be at the top of your list. Located in the heart of the city on famous Long Street, these state-of-the-art Airstream trailers give the illusion you’re sleeping right under the stars at some of the most magical places in all of Cape Town. Each trailer has its own individual décor and theme and collectively tie together to reflect a typically “South African road trip”. A short stay in one of these seven unique trailers will allow you to experience different parts of Cape Town right there on the roof, and may even inspire your own future travels.
For more information, visit: http://granddaddy.co.za/accommodation/airstream-trailer
b. Kareiga Game Reserve’s Ukhozi Lodge
For an authentic South African experience, the Ukhozi Lodge at Kareiga Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape region is the perfect place. Nestled away in the bush, are 10 African-chic luxury suites crafted purely from log and boasting some of the most panoramic views of the valley directly from your deck. With activities including safari drives, river cruises, guided bush walks and canoeing, there’s adventure at every twist and turn. Then, when you’re ready to wind down, there’s air-conditioning, private plunge pools and elegant restaurants to soak up the sights and sounds of Africa from a more relaxed position.
For more information, visit: http://www.kariega.co.za/lodges/3-ukhozi-lodge
c. Vergelegen Estate
And last but certainly not least, is Vergelegen – the romantically restored old Dutch Cape Manor located in Somerset West. Whether it’s a day trip exploring the world-class grounds or a night spent at one of the luxurious surrounding hotels, a visit to Vergelegen is definitely worth the trip. Oozing decadence and class, there’s never an empty moment at the historic Estate, with its wine tasting centre and cellar tours, exquisite heritage gardens, and heaping helping of refined restaurants to choose from. For travellers seeking a total sensory experience, Vergelegen cannot be beaten.
For more information, visit: http://www.vergelegen.co.za