The Very Best of Cape Town in a Week

A week in Cape Town as any visitor to the city is never enough and it opens the doors to a return visit for so many tourists. What could an Itinerary in Cape Town for a week look like? Here is just a teaser.

Hopefully you will fly into Cape Town on a clear day and the first thing that will greet you will be Table Mountain. Many airlines and their pilots often get permission to fly around the mountain and give their passengers a view they will never forget, if you are on one of these flights then your week Cape Town is off to a fine start.

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Great South African train rides

It’s hard not to love travelling by train. The slow pace of travel, the soporific rattling along the tracks, the civility of travelling in a carriage where you can stretch your legs, order a drink and chat to a stranger. Pick one of these train experiences to go clickety-clack through South Africa.

South Africa’s train system has a poor reputation, often well deserved. But, while locals will largely tell you that travelling by train is impossible, foolhardy or dangerous – or perhaps all three – the truth is that with a little research and planning there are wonderful train trips to enjoy. And few better places to start them than the gleaming concourse at Cape Town Station.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, Cape Town station is a station of two faces. At one end, commuter lines fan out across the city. If you’re here on holiday, it’s the Southern Line you’re after. While the first few kilometres rattle through industrial areas and suburbs, after 40 minutes you reach perhaps the most beautiful stretch of commuter railway in the world. From Muizenberg to Simon’s Town the line runs right on the sea’s edge: bag a window seat and you can watch dolphins and whales as you rattle your way south.

Take your time here. Stop in Muizenberg for a surf lesson or a dip at this wonderfully multicultural beach. Hop off in Kalk Bay for a wander through the eclectic galleries and antique shops. Grab a bite at the delightful bistros and charming harbour side restaurants. Watch the fishing fleet come in and snap away at the colourful boats. One stop down the line, Fish Hoek has a delightful family-friendly beach, while Simon’s Town oozes nautical charm with a host of shops, museums and restaurants.

Back at Cape Town station, the country is waiting. Mainline overnight trains leave from platform 24, and which train you take depends on the size of your wallet. For just R690 Shosholoza Meyl will whisk you in a sleeper compartment to Johannesburg, revealing a 25-hour cross-section of South Africa en route.

One step up, Premier Classe throws in fine food, linen and more upmarket compartments; a fine way to head north for the next leg of your travels.

Or, splash out on Rovos Rail. This remarkable train offers Edwardian era charm and luxury on a three-day journey to Pretoria and beyond.

The famed Blue Train does similar, speeding through the night to deliver you to Johannesburg in just 24 hours.

All aboard?

Renting a Car in Cape Town

Even though Cape Town is easily accessible with the great public transport in place, renting a car always provides more freedom of movement and lessens the hassles of having to rely on set time schedules etc. There are many businesses in Cape Town offering car rentals, some promising the world and not delivering and others that’s rates are simply too exorbitant for ones liking. Below are a list of reliable car rental companies with excellent customer service and rates that are affordable and within budget.

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MyCiti Bus Service

Introduced into Cape Town in 2011, the pristinely luxury built MyCiti busses comply with Euro 4 emission standards, therefore minimizing the carbon footprint caused by conventional transport which lessens air pollution. MyCiti is dedicated to making Cape Town an even more environmentally friendly city to live in.

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Greyhound Bus Service

Whether going on holiday or simply visiting another town within South Africa, or Zimbabwe’s Harare and Bulawayo, and Mozambiques Maputo, the most comfortable choice, including the most experienced drivers and excellent customer service would be none other that Greyhound. Continue reading “Greyhound Bus Service”

Golden Arrow Bus Service!

Safe, reliable and cost effective transport that provides a fleet of modern, clean and well kept busses, driven only by the highest experienced drivers and ensuring your satisfaction is something the golden-arrow-bus-service achieves, and has achieved for the last 150 years.

With an exceptionally long and intricately interesting history, Golden Arrow Bus Service has shown steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to the people and their needs. With over 700 MAN busses in the fleet, Golden Arrow’s bulk being MAN lion explorer brand, which are designed for the South African climate and road conditions yet they are manufactured to exact European standards of perfection.

Golden Arrow serves 1300 routes which covers an approximate area of 2460Km² within the metropolitan of Cape Town. The approximation of passengers transported daily during the week is 220 000 passengers to date, annually Golden Arrow Bus Service fleet travels 59.4 million kilometres and transports approximately 51.8 million passengers.

The busses used by Golden Arrow Bus Service are modern and immaculate, the drivers are always friendly and ready to assist with a smile. For timetables and ticket tariffs go to their easy to navigate website.

What forms of transport are there that are safe?

Cape Town is a city that thrives on tourism and it has had its fair share of bad press when it comes to transport with the recent Dewani murder case in 2010. But transport in Cape Town is generally safe and since the FIFA World Cup of 2010 there have been some significant improvements to the transport infrastructure of the city. But what forms of transport are there that are safe?

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Sport24hrs – Superb Shuttle Tours

Sport24hrs Taxis and Shuttle are a fantastic transport company that is open to the public as well as the corporate market. Sport24hrs Taxis and Shuttle are a fleet of beautifully branded vehicles, equipped with the highest safety standards and every vehicle is under satellite surveillance and continual contact with their call centre via 2-way radio’s.

24hr Taxis and Shuttle partnering we have been able to see the magnitude that this transport company can handle, with excellent service and tour packages available all year round; Airport meets and greets, right to your daily transfers, there is no question about who to use when you need reliable transport. Their beautifully designed website has live booking forms as well as live online consultants.