Pick up your car at Cape Town airport and experience all the wonders of the Western Cape... not to mention some pretty good football as the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off. Book car hire Cape Town airport
Why hire a car at Cape Town airport?
The wealth of attractions scattered around this breathtaking landscape are enough to tempt many tourists year-round, but throw in the 2010 World Cup matches, which will be hosted throughout the region this summer, and you've got a thrilling combination.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Cape Town airport?
The city centre is a 20-minute drive from the airport - follow the N2 heading west and you'll arrive smack in the middle of Cape Town. Allow extra time for traffic if driving to the airport at peak rush hour times and, like most places throughout South Africa, avoid stopping unnecessarily at night. The N2 and nearby N7 motorways grant access to many of the area's attractions.
After landing at Cape Town airport, arranging and picking up your car couldn't be easier - desks await you at both domestic and international arrivals.
You'll find all the inevitable designer outlets you'd expect from an airport of this size, but for ethnic goods and trinkets for the folks back home, head to African Eco or Out of Africa.
Cape Town International airport is the second largest in South Africa, so there's no chance of being stranded without cash. You'll find cashpoints throughout the airport in both the arrivals and departures halls.
The ubiquitous fast-food options are all here, but there are also a host of friendly cafes and restaurants throughout the airport, including the mezzanine-level Brioche Doree and Caffé Rossini in international departures. Homeward bound football fans should check out the lively Sports Bar, also in international departures.
Porters are self-employed and rely on tips for their income, so to ensure a speedy exit and helpful staff it pays to have some change handy.
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This diverse and atmospheric city is South Africa's most visited destination, and it's easy to see why. Whether it's the unrivalled backdrop of Table Mountain or the balmy sunshine warming the beautiful coastline, Cape Town really does have something for everyone. And all this on top of the World Cup action...
Not only does it sound inviting but the drive around the Cape of Good Hope is one of the most scenic in the world. From the famed penguin colony on Boulders Beach to the breathtaking views of Chapman's Peak, the peninsula route it guaranteed to be one of the greatest drives of your life.
The Cape Winelands are less than an hour's drive from Cape Town airport through the charming towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch, each home to some of South Africa's highly revered wines. The designated driver might not be able to indulge there and then, but the surrounding vista should make up for the lack of vin.
If the thrills and spills of the World Cup haven't been exhilarating enough, then Dyer Island, two-hour's drive from Cape Town airport, should be enough to finish you off. One of only two areas in the world where visitors can get up close to great white sharks and live to tell the tale, you'll also find seals, penguins, whales and dolphins.