cometocapetown.com http://www.cometocapetown.com Cape Town, South Africa, accommodation and hotel information guide. Special offers on hotels, villas, and apartments. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:17:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Getting Around Cape Town – Uber, Cabs and Rikkis http://www.cometocapetown.com/getting-around-cape-town-uber-cabs-rikkis/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/getting-around-cape-town-uber-cabs-rikkis/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:17:15 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29429 We have written about the MyCiti buses before (click here to see the post), but what other options do you have for getting around Cape Town quickly and cheaply? Luckily for you, there are a number of transport options that don’t cost a fortune. Whether you need to get from A [more]

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We have written about the MyCiti buses before (click here to see the post), but what other options do you have for getting around Cape Town quickly and cheaply? Luckily for you, there are a number of transport options that don’t cost a fortune. Whether you need to get from A to B in a hurry, or you’re looking for a safe ride home after a night out, it’s always useful to know your options.

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From the hugely popular Uber taxis that are cropping up in almost every city across the world, to regular cabs and Rikki taxis, we take a look at some of the quick and cheap transport options that are found within Cape Town. This will give you a better idea of what you can typically expect to pay, how you can get your ride and what to expect from each option in general.

Uber Cape Town

The global Uber domination is showing no signs of slowing down, and its Cape Town service is every bit as enticing as its international services. Instead of hailing a cab on the street or calling for one, you simply download the app on iTunes, Play Store or Windows and book your cab online. What has made this option a hit is its affordability as well as its easy booking system. On the downside, peak hours can be pricier due to their surge pricing. If you are an avid app fan and social user, this is sure to be a good choice for you. There are two choices on offer – UberX or UberBlack.

* UberX: R5.00 base fare / R0.70 per minute
* UberBlack: R20 min fare / R7.00 per kilometre

View the Uber Cape Town website to get more information on how it works.

Cape Town Cabs

On Long Street or anywhere else in the City Centre, you will see loads of cabs. These range from licensed, reliable companies such as Excite Taxis (one of my long-time favourites) to somewhat dodgy unmetered cabs that are often unmarked too and run by foreign nationals. You can call for cabs, or simply grab one in the street when you see that it’s free.

Rates vary depending on the area and where you want to go – for quick trips in the City Bowl for instance, you could pay between R30 and R50, but if you want to go further out, to the airport or Winelands let’s say, you could end up paying a lot more. Always check the per kilometre rate BEFORE getting into the cab – if you can, get a fixed rate before the meter starts. Some of the unmetered cabs can give you a flat rate that could be good (or ridiculously high, depending on how it goes) if you ask upfront but will be more likely to charge you crazy prices when you get to your destination if you don’t check before you get in. If you are travelling alone, it is better to use a proper, marked and licensed taxi (especially if you are a woman), just to be on the safe side.

Rikkis Taxis

Then there are the ubiquitous Rikkis that are often seen in and around the city. These work much the same as regular taxis, except that they are often shared. Over the years, the franchise has grown and improved its offering to include door-to-door rides in quirky London style yellow cabs that are offered at decent rates.

Drivers are all experienced and qualified, with cabs fitted with safety features to ensure optimal security on the road. Transfer services to the airport and other major destinations are also offered. Pre-booked shared rides for anything from 2 to 22 people are offered too, which are ideal for group tours, parties or other functions. Monthly accounts can be arranged as well as for regular travellers.

View the Rikkis Taxis website to find out more about pricing, bookings and routes.

Looking for other ways to get around Cape Town? Check out our article about Cape Town trains for a fun way to explore the beautiful False Bay coastal region or travel at your own pace with our great car hire options.

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A beautiful sunset in Table View http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-sunset-table-view/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-sunset-table-view/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:36:21 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29420 Photo thanks to Brian van Hansen

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A field of flowers on route to Namaqua National Park taken last week. http://www.cometocapetown.com/field-flowers-route-namaqua-national-park-taken-last-week/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/field-flowers-route-namaqua-national-park-taken-last-week/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:53:44 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29416 Photo thanks to James Gradwell

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Blast from the past – Camps Bay circa 1920! http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-camps-bay-circa-1920/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-camps-bay-circa-1920/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:25:38 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29406 Photo thanks to Etienne du Plessis

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Planning a Spring Holiday in Cape Town? http://www.cometocapetown.com/planning-spring-holiday-cape-town/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/planning-spring-holiday-cape-town/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:22:44 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29399 Spring is almost here, and for those who are planning a holiday to Cape Town, this season is full of great things to see, do and experience. The weather in September and October is for the most part mild, with refreshing spring showers enjoyed along with beautiful sunny days, clear [more]

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Spring is almost here, and for those who are planning a holiday to Cape Town, this season is full of great things to see, do and experience. The weather in September and October is for the most part mild, with refreshing spring showers enjoyed along with beautiful sunny days, clear skies and gentle breezes. Of course, with summer following closely behind, spring is also a season that makes everyone in a good mood.

Spring Holiday in Cape Town

Then there is the scenic aspect. If you are a local or you have travelled to Cape Town before during the spring months, you will know that this is the start of both the Flower Season and the Whale Season. Each of these special times showcase the spectacular natural diversity that the Cape has to offer – from a flora and fauna point of view!

What do you need to know about holidaying in this part of the world between September and November? We’ve put together a round-up of everything you need to know about planning a trip to Cape Town during the spring months, as we share some of our favourite things about spring.

Things to Do in Cape Town During Spring

From whale watching to seeing the wildflowers, here are our top picks for things to do in spring:

1. Go and see the wildflowers. The West Coast National Park is one of the most famous spots to see the flowers in bloom, but there are many other great places that also offer incredible views and photo opportunities.

2. Try a whale viewing tour. Head out to the ‘whale capital’ of Hermanus on the Garden Route during August and November, and see the majestic Southern right whales in this unforgettable tour that is sure to be the highlight of your spring.

3. Enjoy hiking and nature walks. There are many hiking trails in Cape Town, and as everything begins to turn green, fresh and colourful, what better way to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors with a nature hike or walk on the mountain?

4. Head out for some birdwatching. Spring is the best time to truly appreciate the large number of endemic and migratory bird species found across the Cape Peninsula, and during this time of year, many birds make their way into the area before departing for their summer migration.

5. Experience a Cape safari. It’s not just birds that you can see in spring – safari tours in the Cape offer the chance to see the abundance of wildlife that this part of South Africa offers… from big cats to rhino and many other species.

Where to Stay on Spring Holidays in Cape Town

Spring accommodation rates fall within the mid season range, which makes this time of year an affordable time to come to Cape Town. We offer a huge range of accommodation options for you to choose from, whether you wish to be near the sea in a popular area such as Camps Bay; close to the historical vineyards in Constantia or the vibrant City Bowl, or even the seaside town of Hermanus.

Spring in Cape Town

View our full list of available Cape Town accommodation, or use our handy search tool to fine-tune your search according to accommodation categories such as area, type and number of guests.

We are also happy to help you book tours, hire a car and give you advice on what to see and do once you arrive. Give us a shout on +27 21 3000 777 or click here to contact us today!

What is your favourite thing about spring holidays in Cape Town? Share your thoughts below – we’d love to hear from you. 

 

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The Beautiful Cape Town! http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-cape-town/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-cape-town/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:43:06 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29397 Hit “like” if you cannot wait for Summer to start in Cape Town!!

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Villa of the week – 15 Views House http://www.cometocapetown.com/villa-of-week-15-views-house/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/villa-of-week-15-views-house/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:39:23 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29381 15 Views House has fabulous views across Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. This is perhaps best at night as the sun sets with a glass of champagne, from the massive entertainment Balau Deck and Rim Flow feature pool or perhaps from the warm jacuzzi.

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15 Views House has fabulous views across Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. This is perhaps best at night as the sun sets with a glass of champagne, from the massive entertainment Balau Deck and Rim Flow feature pool or perhaps from the warm jacuzzi.

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Delicious Dining at Da Vinci’s http://www.cometocapetown.com/delicious-dining-da-vincis/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/delicious-dining-da-vincis/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:28:11 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29361 Famous for their out-of-this-world pizzas and equally tasty burgers, Da Vinci’s is ideally situated on Kloof Street in the City Bowl. This restaurant has become something of a legend among locals as well as visitors from around the world, who come here to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, indoor and outdoor [more]

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Famous for their out-of-this-world pizzas and equally tasty burgers, Da Vinci’s is ideally situated on Kloof Street in the City Bowl.

Da Vincis

This restaurant has become something of a legend among locals as well as visitors from around the world, who come here to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining areas, friendly service and of course, great food. From the pizza menu that is filled with tempting choices to suit almost every taste bud, to its unique décor (where else do you get to draw on paper table clothes in between dishes?), you are sure to love Da Vinci’s every bit as much as we do.

Why Dine at Da Vinci’s?

What makes this spot one of our all-time favourites? Here are at least three good reasons…

1. They make the best pizzas in town. Thin based, cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven, pizzas here are simply amazing. Classic and unusual combinations take their names from the most famous of artists and aspire to be nothing less than works of art, too.

2. Great burger selection. In addition to a range of juicy burgers that come with a choice of beef, chicken, ostrich or vegetarian, the legendary burger-in-a-bowl caters to the Banting and health conscious crowd, with a fresh salad offered instead of a bun.

3. Ideal for dining encounters of all types and sizes. Lunch, dinner, quick after work bite, pre-drinks catch-up, birthday party, kid’s party, grown-up party, work bash… whatever you’re in the mood for, Da Vinci’s is open every day from 11AM to 11PM. They have free WiFi during the day too, just so you know.

Da Vinci’s is situated at 70 Kloof Street, Gardens. Bookings and take away orders can be arranged by phoning +27 (0)21 424 7504 or emailing info@davincis.co.za. You can also visit DaVincis.co.za for full menus and more info about Da Vinci’s.

 

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Classic Cats Luxury Wine Tours http://www.cometocapetown.com/classic-cats-luxury-wine-tours/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/classic-cats-luxury-wine-tours/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:42:59 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29359 Travel in style with a chauffeured Classic Cats Winelands Tours, and you are sure to be transported to a bygone era that is reminiscent of Great Gatsby, elegance attire and the finer things in life. While there are many ways to explore the famous Cape Winelands, very few can surpass the [more]

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Travel in style with a chauffeured Classic Cats Winelands Tours, and you are sure to be transported to a bygone era that is reminiscent of Great Gatsby, elegance attire and the finer things in life.

While there are many ways to explore the famous Cape Winelands, very few can surpass the level of luxury that a private tour in a classic Jaguar has to offer. With a choice of five special packages, this experience is perfect for a romantic date, sophisticated outing or purely as a fun weekend activity.

Classic Cats

Chauffeured Wine Tours with Classic Cats

Based in Stellenbosch, Classic Cats is a car hire company that specialises in beautiful vintage cars. Their fleet comprises a selection of history’s finest Jag models, as well as a few other restored rides that are no less iconic. While you can hire a chauffeured car for your special ocassion, wedding, dance or date, the Cape Winelands Tour is an absolute must-dry.

On one of these tours, you will visit a number of wine estates and enjoy tasting, tours and lunch. Each tour has its own list of estates, and lasts in duration for anything from five to seven hours. Tours offered include the following:

1. Stellenbosch Route 1: 5 hours 

-Mulderbosch
-Blaauwklippen
-Avontuur (lunch)

2. Stellenbosch Route 2: 6 hours 

- Clos Malverne
- Waterford
- Eikendal (tour and/or picnic lunch)

3. Stellenbosch Route 3: 5 hours 

- Morgenhof
- Tokara (lunch)
- JC Le Roux

4. Stellenbosch Food and Wine: 6 hours

- Mulderbosch – pizza & wine
- Clos Malverne – ice cream & wine
- JC Le Roux – nougat & bubbly

5. Franschhoek: 7 hours

- La Motte (tasting)
- Moreson (lunch)
- Haute Cabriere (cellar tour)

Find out more about what you can expect, take a look at the amazing image gallery and see the fleet of cars by heading over to the Classic Cats website.

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Sandboarding in Cape Town http://www.cometocapetown.com/sandboarding-cape-town/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/sandboarding-cape-town/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:34:10 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29357 Less than half an hour outside of the city, Sandboarding in Cape Town takes you to the dunes of Atlantis for an adventure that can only be described as unbelievably amazing. It’s a little bit like snowboarding, and in fact the sport is done using a snowboard. But instead of [more]

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Less than half an hour outside of the city, Sandboarding in Cape Town takes you to the dunes of Atlantis for an adventure that can only be described as unbelievably amazing.

It’s a little bit like snowboarding, and in fact the sport is done using a snowboard. But instead of icy cold snow, you get to soar over pure white sands as you navigate the ups and downs of the Western Cape sand dunes. Simply put – this is adventure sporting like it is meant to be enjoyed… crazy, fast and oh-so-thrilling!

Sandboarding in Cape Town

Even if you have never been on any sort of board before, you can learn how to get started thanks to the expert help provided by your guide. All equipment is designed to provide optimal safety, with proper bindings that add more stability and security. If you are not in the best shape, you may find this very challenging.

You can get a group of friends together for a sandboarding group session, or go on your own and make some new friends. Whatever the case, this is something that every adventure-seeker should try at least once.

Why Try Sandboarding in Cape Town?

In the need for some speed and fun? Sandboarding in Cape Town is just what you need. This adventure lasts for up to three hours, with training and assistance provided along with gear. Some info you need to know about this activity includes the following:

- Pro gear with snowboard bindings
- 2.5 – 3 hour sessions
- Hands on training
- No experience needed
- You need to be in fairly good shape
- Various packages offered, ranging in price from R300 per session and upward
- 4×4 transfers are available on request
- Activity is weather dependent (bad weather = bad sandboarding)
- Dress in beach gear with trainers, shorts and t-shirts
- Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and bring along a water bottle

Check out the Sandboarding Cape Town website to find out more about what they have to offer.

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