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Driving In Cape Town

Apr 29, 2008
Cape Town car hire offers the opportunity to really go wild exploring some of South Africa's most stunning landscapes. In Cape Town car hire makes it possible to see otherwise undiscovered gems and some of the world's exciting natural attractions.

Cape Town is a city worth visiting for the wonderful spectacle of Table Mountain alone. As destinations go, Cape Town is one of the most exciting places you'll ever visit. It may be an African city, but Cape Town presents all the trappings of a European metropolis.

The vibrant mix of spectacular scenery and cutting edge design never fail to capture the imagination of visitors to Cape Town. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery of Cape Town by following one of the many stretches of coastline that wind along stunning stretches of coastline and inland terrain to pretty places such as Cape point, the meeting place of the cold Benguela and mild Mozambique currents and the spectacular Chapman's Peak, famous for being one of the most breath-taking drives in the country. Having your own car in Cape Town affords you a freedom like no other to explore all of the interesting sights that Cape Town has to offer. Whether you choose to soak up some rays on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, drink in the scenery from he summit of Table Mountain or go swimming with the penguins on Boulder Beach, you'll find South Africa offers something for everyone.

The following is a list of recommended Cape Town Car Hire Drives:

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve65km from Cape Town
SimonstownSpectacular Coastal Drive40km from Cape Town
Stellenbosch Wine Route50km East of Cape Town
Chapman's PeakStunning views35km South of Cape Town
Table Mountain National Park60km from Cape Town

South Africa Driving Tips:

Generally speaking, South Africa has an excellent infrastructure. As with all
countries, roads differ from region to region, however. In South Africa, you'll find that most main routes are tarred and of good quality. However, as you drive into the countryside, you're more likely to encounter potholes and poorly surfaced roads.

Speed limits are set according to road types:

National Highways/Urban Freeways/Major RoutesMaximum Speed:120km/ph
Secondary Rural RoadsMaximum Speed:100km/ph
Built-up AreasMaximum Speed:60km/ph

Many of the country's national roads are toll roads. Make sure to check the toll fees before you leave for your destination and have your cash or credit card ready to pay.

Road Safety in South Africa:

In South Africa it is customary to drive on the left-hand side of the road and to over-take on the right-hand side.

It is compulsory for all passengers to wear seat belts.

It is illegal to drive while using a mobile phone (except hands free models).

Care should be taken when driving on rural roads, as many are not fenced, meaning animals are free to roam. This makes night driving particularly hazardous. Always take extra care on roads of this type and look out for road signs depicting a leaping antelope.
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