Getting Around Cape Town: Suggestions?
August 14, 2006 9:23 AM Subscribe
My partner and I will be spending a few days in Cape Town next month, but we want to go prepared. My main concern is that neither of us drives -- which leaves two questions: How can we get around the city? And what are the best things to see and do for two people without the use of a car?
posted by macdara to travel & transportation around Cape Town, South Africa (4 answers total)
To give a litte more detail: my South African partner and I will be flying in to Cape Town from Jo'burg, and staying somewhere in Sea Point. It doesn't seem too far out of the way, but transport is an issue for us. I'd appreciate if any Capetonian MeFites (or previous visitors to the city) could help us out.
First of all, how can we get around? We're happy to walk, if doing so is safe for where we'll be going -- I've seen the maps and the area looks to be pretty close to the V&A Waterfront (via Mouille Point) but since neither of us have been before we don't know if this is a safe route to go by foot. Is it?
I've also read in a few guide books about a shuttle bus that links Sea Point to the Waterfront, but can't seem to find any info about it online. Is this just the same as the municipal bus route? And on a related note: are the municipal buses safe/useful for getting around? We're both used to public transport (or the lack of it) in Pretoria so if it's anything like that, or even slightly better, we'll be happy.
Secondly, what's open to us activity-wise without the use of a car? I'm thinking here of areas that lie beyond the city itself, such as Hout Bay and Simon's Town to the south, or Ratanga Junction to the north. Are these accessible by bus? If not, would it be safe/worth it/possible to get a taxi? Or even better, are there any organised tours to such places? -- I'm thinking also of vineyard trips here, too. (My partner is averse to taking the train for peace-of-mind reasons, and minibus taxies are out of the question, so these are our only options.)
Any details or suggestions you could give me here would be muchly appreciated.