Mountain range in Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa's second city, is located in the Western Cape. As Africa's most popular tourist destination, Cape Town is famed for its landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, as well as its beaches, such as Boulders Beach, and its colony of African penguins.

Why go?

This city is blessed with a stunning setting on Cape Bay with an iconic landscape and unique place in South African history...

Cultural attractions include the V&A Waterfront, a fully operational port that has also become the city's most popular shopping destination. From the V&A it's possible to take a ferry to Robben Island to see the prison that housed political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, during the apartheid years.

Cape Town encompasses Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which supports 7,000 species and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive 36 hectares represent one of South Africa's eight botanical gardens and its walking trails are popular with residents and visitors alike.

The city has a modern transport infrastructure, which links it to the rest of South Africa. Hiring a car is a great way to explore the city and surrounding areas and Cape Town car hire companies will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your rental.

Visitors can arrange car hire pick up at Cape Town Airport (CPT) and explore the region on good roads, driving on the left as in the UK. The city marks the start of the Garden Route down to Port Elizabeth, which boasts a diverse and stunning range of flora and fauna, with lagoons to stop and explore along the way.

Taking a drive to Hout Bay along the narrow Chapman's Peak Drive offers the reward of panoramic views across the Atlantic and many visitors stop to climb Signal Hill for clearer views of Table Mountain.

Hiring a car allows visitors to experience the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve within Table Mountain National Park. The reserve forms the southeast section of the park and is popular with hikers who are drawn by the two-day hiking trail.

The affluent suburb of Camps Bay is popular with those seeking white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. The area has several beaches including Glen Beach, which is a popular surfing spot that is surrounded by the Twelve Apostles mountain range.

Where to explore?

With so much to see, car hire in Cape Town offers the opportunity to experience as much as possible of this beautiful region...

A forty-minute drive south of Cape Town will bring you to Solole Game Reserve, a 350-hectare site that offers the opportunity to see a range of game including buffalo and black rhino. Visitors can take advantage of game drives or guided walks with experienced rangers.

Other popular day trips include visiting Constantia and Stellenbosch for wineries and fine food. Constantia is 15km south of Cape Town and boasts its own wine route. Stellenbosch is situated 50km east of Cape Town, forming part of the Cape Winelands and is known as the hub of the country's wine industry.