Pick up your hire car at Cape Town airport and discover one of the 2010 World Cup host cities that's celebrated as the jewel in South Africa's crown.
"LA may have The Hills, but we've got The Mountain! What other beachside city can offer you sun and surf in the morning, then spectacular views at 1,086 metres above sea level at sundown?"
Cape Town may be brimming with natural beauty, but there's more to it than just a beach and a table-shaped mountain. The culture and the wine, for starters.
You can spend the day at Robben Island retracing Mandela's footsteps, then head for the buzzing harbour front and discuss it over a glass of local wine to the sounds of live African jazz.
Models and actors pack the beaches, colourful street traders attempt to sell them locally made goods and the large gay party population dance alongside them.
Gloriously warm and balmy summers and mild, moist winters sum up the Mediterranean climate of Cape Town.
The unique Cape Malay style of cooking, using local fruits and spices, is a Cape Town culinary treat. Try the likes of curry-like boboties, breedies and Malva pudding.
Nelson Mandela now resides in the upmarket Cape Town suburb of Bishops Court.
Robben Island is actually the summit of an ancient mountain, now hidden beneath the waves. It has been used variously as a postal centre, sheep farm, whaling station, mental asylum, leper colony, hospital, garrison and prison.
"Cape Town is well placed to receive visitors looking for value for money and an authentic experience." - Cape Town Tourism
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The brand new 70,000-capacity Green Point Stadium is one of the most aesthetically pleasing venues of the 2010 World Cup. England will play their group game against Algeria here, but if the football doesn't quite go the Three Lions' way, you can always marvel at the stunning mountainous backdrop.
Try the on-site underground car park.
If you're looking for a place to watch the games on a big screen, soak up the atmosphere and join the 2010 World Cup party, the fan zone at Cape Town's Grand Parade is the place to be!
Metered on-street parking is available in nearby Buitengracht and Darling Streets.
Cape Town's multi-purpose velodrome has played host to pop concerts and sporting events, and is the perfect venue for a party. Which is a good thing if you're heading there to roar on your team as they battle it out on the big screen.
The velodrome's on-site car park can be found off Mispel Road and is situated near Tyger Valley Shopping Mall.
The 2010 World Cup Fan Mile stretches from Cape Town's station, through Riebeeck Street and Somerset Road, all the way to Green Point Stadium. It will be a great place to grab a drink, meet other fans and cheer on your team as they strut their stuff on the pitch!
On-site parking is available at the stadium and on streets around the Grand Parade, however, on match days access to the city will be restricted and highways are likely to be congested. To make your journey easier, park on the outskirts of the city and take the IRT into the centre.
Test your mettle with a walk along these towering sea cliffs that divide the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Sightings of whales, penguins, baboons and buck are common.
Park your hire car at the Cape Point parking lot at the base of the hill below Cape Point.
Hiking trails and art galleries abound in the oak-lined town of Stellenbosch, but it's wine that takes centre stage. With 106 wine cellars, it's the country's most famous wine-producing area, and tasting tours operate daily.
It's a 30-mile drive north east of Cape Town on the N1 freeway.
A 125-mile drive from Cape Town, this pristine wilderness region is home to thousand-year-old San Bushman rock paintings and engravings and unique geological rock formations.
Head north along the N7 until you come to the Kriedouwskrans Pass, around 15 miles north of Citrusdal, which will take you into Cederberg. The drive will take you around two hours.
Just 20 miles from Cape Town, this quaint fishing village is a must-see hub of antique, art and bric-a-brac shops, and outstanding seafood restaurants. Check out the legendary waterfront Brass Bell pub, which spills into the tidal pools below.
Follow the M3 south until it ends at the junction with the M42. Turn east onto the M42 and then south onto the M4. Kalk bay is a few miles south of Muizenberg.
Don't miss a visit to the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern Right whales visit from June to December and can be viewed from a boat, airplane or the shore.
Hermanus is about an hour's drive from Cape Town. Take the northbound N2, or the R34, which is a scenic coastal drive.
" Cape Town is fairly spread out geographically, so hiring a car is a great option to allow you to discover the city at your own pace. A cashless smart card system operates for parking in the city centre and there are also attendants on hand who will fill your car up with petrol and check your oil and water for a small tip. When you park your hire car, it's best not to leave anything on display. "