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Car hire in Cape Town

long term car hire in cape townMy family and I were planning a holiday in South Africa. We were flying from abroad so we needed a car for the three months that we would be staying there. I came across many car rental businesses, but what caught my attention was that Drive Africa offered 4×4 rentals as well as long term car hire in Cape Town which is exactly what I was looking for.

The highlight about the whole package is that you get unlimited mileage, as my family and I will be travelling a lot in South Africa as it is our first time visiting the country so there is lots on our to do list. For any tourists this really is the best most convenient option.

I was very impressed with Drive Africa’s service, they were efficient and our long term car hire in Cape Town is now booked and awaiting our arrival. For anyone looking for car rental companies I highly recommend this company as there prices are very good as well as their service is outstanding.

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Things you should do if you hire a car in Cape Town

If you are travelling to Cape Town car hire is definitely your best option for getting around. In Cape Town car hire will better equip you to take full advantage of everything that Cape Town has to offer. In Cape Town car hire will also mean that you don’t have to rely on the Cape Town public transportation network which is not particularly reliable or extensive. If you take advantage of the Cape Town car hire option, ensure that you make the most of it by checking out these Cape Town must sees.

Watch the sun set from signal hill

Signal hill is part of Lion’s Head which flanks Table Mountain. It was historically used as a point from which to signal ships coming into Cape Town harbour and it is where the Noon Gun is still fired from every day. It is possible to drive your Cape Town car hire right to the top of the hill where there is a car park and picnic area providing fantastic views of the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

Experience the city’s nightlife

TThe Cape Town CBD might be a hive of commerce during the day but at night it really comes alive and offers a variety of nightlife to suit every taste. For the glitzy and sophisticated there is hemisphere, Cape Town’s premier nightclub. Situated at the top of the ABSA building it offers unparalleled views of the city lights. For a more chilled vibe go to the Labia Theatre for dinner and a movie or if you really want to feel the vibe of the city just head to Long Street and explore the many restaurants, clubs and bars. Just make sure that you park your Cape Town car hire somewhere safe.

Go to Hout Bay

Why not take advantage of your Cape Town car hire and go for a drive over Constantia Nek, a beautiful road which winds through the mountain and forest, and spent the day in Hout Bay. There you can hire horses and go for a ride on the beach or go explore the harbour where you can buy fish fresh off the boat or have lunch in one of the great restaurants.

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Driving Through Cape Town

Visiting South Africa’s Mother City? Take it from a local – you’re going to need an independent set of wheels. When you’re on holiday in this city the sites are scattered far and wide, and you don’t want to miss out on anything special simply because you haven’t got your own transport. Cape Town car hire is an imperative part of planning your vacation, right up there with accommodation.

Renting a car in Cape Town is not difficult but you need to book in advance if possible as this place gets ultra busy when the end of year party season and the heat of summer collide.

You may want to collect your hired car at Cape Town International Airport when you land so as to avoid costly shuttle fees. We advise you have a map and directions to your hotel at hand. Cape Town city centre, the V&A Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard are the most popular accommodation locations, and all are within 25 to 35 minutes drive of the airport.

Once you’ve settled in, unpacked and enjoyed perhaps a few hours relaxing while taking in spectacular sea and mountain views that are to be found from most good establishments, you’ll be ready to start your explorations of the city.

Cape Town’s best known landmark is Table Mountain – a pleasant drive to the cable car station precedes a ride to the top of this geographical icon, from the top of which extensive views of the city and beyond can be enjoyed.

On another day, relax in the comfort of your air conditioned rented car and take a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard, past the renowned beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, to Hout Bay – a picturesque fishing village. Enjoy a delectable lunch at the Marina before continuing your drive along the world famous Chapman’s Peak drive at a leisurely pace, stopping as often as you wish to take photographs of the spectacular scenery – something you can only do when you’re traveling under your own steam.

The drive takes you to the long white beach from Noordhoek to Kommetjie, then around past Scarborough to Cape Point Nature Reserve where you can easily spend many hours hiking, swimming or just admiring the indigenous flora and fauna.

One must-take-trip for visitors to Cape Town is to the Cape Winelands. Once again, while tours have their place, nothing can beat the freedom of exploring smaller wine farms, stopping for lunch wherever you wish on the spur of the moment and lingering among the vines between wine tastings as long as you desire.

Do yourself a favour and organize your Cape Town car hire as a number one priority – you won’t regret it for an instant.

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More unlicensed drivers being caught



The 35 000 people who were caught driving in Cape Town without valid driving licences in the first six months of 2008 represents just the tip of the iceberg.

Among the excuses offered for this state of affairs by the ANC is the long waiting periods for aspirant drivers to get appointments for tests.

ANC councillor Werner Scwhella said he was “deeply concerned” about the number of people driving without licences.

“The question is whether people are merely ignoring the law or taking a chance driving without a licence due to the long waiting periods,” he added

Kroll Background Screening CEO Ina van der Merwe said while it was true that there were long waiting periods at testing stations, this did not excuse those opportunistic drivers who took the short cut and bought their licences from crooked officials.

“Many jobs require the employee to be on the road. Rather than not work, many employees choose to drive illegally. Also, in instances where a drivers licence is a pre-requisite for employment the employee chooses to rather buy a fake drivers licence than risk not getting the job. Unemployment levels are very high, and people have become desperate,” she said.

According to the Metro Police’s quarterly report, Cape Town’s traffic department dealt with 19 234 unlicensed drivers and just under 11 000 unlicensed vehicles in April, May and June.

Acting safety and security director Heathcliff Thomas said the waiting period for a new licence was nine months nationally but that Cape Town was doing “relatively well” in reducing the waiting time to an average of six months.

With government admitting that only a “hand full” of the 90 000 bogus drivers’ licences that are currently used by drivers have been cancelled, background screening companies are compelled to certify these illegally obtained licences as valid lending further credence to

them.

Willie Hofmeyer, head of the Special Investigations Unit told parliament that his investigators had visited 350 licensing offices and had scrutinised 1,4-million files. From this investigation it became clear that 91 596 drivers’ licences were invalid.

“The present situation is making life extremely difficult for background screening companies who are compelled to certify a licence as valid until such time as it had been cancelled by the Department Of Transport.

“We believe the number may be much higher because last year the transport department’s Wendy Watson confirmed that up to 50% of all drivers’ licences were “suspect”, Van der Merwe said.

Kroll Background Screening, the largest credentials verification company in South Africa, processes millions of enquiries relating to the authenticity of drivers’ licenses, passports, degrees and diplomas.

“One of the major problems that we face is that some of the holders of these bogus licences may end up driving busses putting the lives of thousands of commuters at risk.

Van der Merwe has urged the department to address the problem with a greater degree of urgency and to get the bogus licences out of circulation.

“Human lives are at stake here and the sooner we get these bogus licence holders off our roads the safer it will be for the rest of us”, she said.

Equally important was to shut down the licensing offices where many of these bogus licences were issued, she said.

Van der Merwe said more than 18% of all documents sent to her company for verification turn out to be fake.

For more information, please contact Nina de Winter at Kroll on 012 644 4000 or on her cell 082 787 9890

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