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Car Hire Cape Town - Transportation Cape Town
Hiring a car is one of the best ways to explore Cape Town - at your own pace. Cape Town is generally easy to navigate - roads are well laid out and when in doubt, look for the mountain to orientate yourself. Areas of interest and tourist attractions are well sign-posted and most information brochures include maps that highlight attractions.
Cape Town Car Hire Guide
There are many car hire companies in South Africa through which you can hire a vehicle from basic around-town cars to luxury vehicles and 4x4's. It is advisable to hire from a reputable company who are able to offer you new and good quality cars as well as assistance during your rental in the event of a problem. Generally booking via a tour operator will entitle you to lower rental rates and vehicles with unlimited mileage. Vehicles can also be booked directly through car hire providers although rates are usually slightly higher and work on a pay-per-kilometre basis. The major car hire companies have branches for collection and drop-off at airports and in all major cities.
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Driving Guide for Cape Town
Petrol (gas) stations can be found at regular intervals (some stay open 24-hours), but aim to keep the petrol tank filled up to avoid running out of petrol late at night or in remote areas. For your safety, avoid driving in remote areas at night and always park in a designated, well-lit area. When leaving your car, lock valuables in the boot instead of leaving them where they are clearly visible.
Parking Attendants in Cape Town
When driving and parking in Cape Town, you will notice that there are car attendants who will assist you with parking, operating parking metres and who will offer to watch over your car for you. Most of these attendants are part of a new parking plan that has been implemented by the Central City which is helping to boost informal employment. It is customary to give the attendant a tip on return to your vehicle. However, you should not feel obliged to pay and attendants should not badger you for money.