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The secret spots of Cape Town that tours will help you find

Cape Town tours are prevalent in the city’s tourist areas and are good way to ensure you see parts of the city that are hidden or considered secret. The road networks are good and hire cars are readily available, however due to the natural geography on which the city is centred it can get confusing to somebody that is from out of town. While Cape Town city centre is small a lot of the main tourist attractions lie on the outskirts of the city and you can waste a whole day trying to find them, add to this fact that Cape Town is a peninsula and you’re dealing with a relative quagmire of maps.

Perhaps the most overlooked spot in the is right under the nose of most tourists staying in the city centre and an area that most organised Cape Town tours will take you to, this is the suburb of the BoKaap. This colourful area sits on the slopes of Signal Hill overlooking the CBD and is traditionally Muslim due to its history as the quarters of the Malaysian slaves brought to South Africa by the early Dutch settlers. The area is fast becoming gentrified as the it becomes a trendy place to live for the young up and coming but strict building codes and the fact that it is protected by heritage laws mean that the area has lost none of its old world charm. The cobbled streets and the brightly coloured houses and many cafes selling local food make this a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon. Taking one of the many Cape Town tours of this area will allow you to learn more about an important part of the city’s rich history.

Muizenberg, Fishhoek and Simonstown down the eastern coast of the peninsula are for many tourists not a place high on the itinerary as they shun it for the trendier Camps Bay and Clifton beaches. However these small towns are full of local charm and provide some great sunbathing opportunities and scenic costal roads. This is also the route most Cape Town tours will use to get down to Cape Point, considered by most tourists to be the tip of Africa. They are however wrong the most southern point in Africa is at Cape Agulhas where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.

Cape Agulhas is not a place most would choose to visit, with good reason there, is in all honesty, not a lot there to attract the average tourist beyond the spectacle and novelty of been at the point where two oceans meet. It is however a place worth a day visit with one of the Cape Town tours that leave daily for this destination, there are several little towns and areas of historical significance worth a stop along the way and an experienced tour guide will know the best places to stop, turning a potentially boring drive into a good day out.

The wine country that surrounds the area of Cape Town is extensive and probably holds one of the best reasons for taking one of Cape Town’s tours, namely wine. There can be few better ways to spend a day than visiting different farms tasting some of the best wine in the world and the last thing you need to worry about is driving yourself back. By taking a tour from Cape Town to the wine route you can relax and enjoy yourself properly, safe in the knowledge that you’ll be shuttled back to your hotel at the end of the day. There are many wine routes to choose from and an experienced tour guide will know which farms are worth a visit.

Source: Cape Town Tours

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South African Taxi Travel

South African taxi travel combines the services of regular, metered taxis with the somewhat unconventional minibus system, which has a language and code of its own. Metered taxis are recommended, although a ride on a minibus can provide interesting insights into the lives and cultures of ordinary South Africans.

South African taxi travel is unlike that of most other countries in the world. Here, you will not find South African taxis simply driving the streets, waiting to be hailed at the next street corner. Rather, taxis in South Africa must be specifically telephoned for service, which can become tricky if you plan to visit several sites or destinations in a day.

South African taxi travel can be broadly categorised according to two sectors: metered taxis and what’s commonly referred to as minibus taxis.

Metered taxis are definitely the international visitor’s best bet. They can be called from the hotel where you’re staying, with hotel staff recommending the best local services to use. Metered taxis are private, offer door-to-door service and generally efficient, with experienced drivers behind the wheel.

However, compared to hiring your own car, using a shuttle service or booking a tour that includes transport, metered taxis can be quite costly.

Minibus taxis serve the general population, as public transport that is able to pick up and drop off passengers in areas not serviced by the country’s bus and rail networks. It’s a somewhat unconventional service, in that routes are determined by the drivers and there are no specific scheduled stops – taxis simply stop wherever a passenger needs to alight.

Hailing these taxis is also a matter of knowing your sign language, for each route and destination has its own specific sign which passengers use to flag down drivers.

While a ride on a minibus taxi will certainly provide you with an authentic South African travel experience, this service must be used with caution. The vehicles are often not maintained properly and therefore unroadworthy, and drivers have the tendency to drive recklessly.

If you’re interested in a minibus ride while in South Africa, take a short trip accompanied by an experienced guide or a local who understands the system well.

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Cape Town City Tours

Cape Town City Tours – Situated below Table mountain Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, with a hive of activity and excitement. Join us for an afternoon or morning tour of the Mother City which can experience different seasons within the same day depending on which side of the mountain you are.

We drive past Clifton a residential suburb with four bikini beaches ideal for sun bathing with the backdrop of the Twelve Apostle mountain range. This area is also prime Real Estate as a small bungalow on the beach can sell for up to R30 million. We visit the Castle built by Jan van Riebeeck the pioneer who made Cape Town his home. We pass through the Bo-Kaap with its brightly coloured houses at the foot of Signal Hill the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community.

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