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Car and driver hire

Essex
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69 posts
2 reviews
Car and driver hire

Will be visiting Cape Town for 4 days (after 4 days safari Kruger )in November this year (with my husband). Having trawled the Cape Town forum for ideas of what to see/do am becoming increasingly concerned as to best option i.e. organised tour/private driver as it would appear so much is weather dependant.........would be soooo disappointing to book before we arrive only to find that certain trips have to be cancelled and then find we are unable to rearrange.........Is it possible to hire a driver for say 3 days to incorporate trips to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point to include Boulders Bay etc and hopefully a spot of boat-based whale watching (Hermanus area) and Betty's Bay which would then give us the flexibility to rearrange our itinerary according to the weather or would the cost of this be too prohibitive?? Do not really want to hire a car ourselves as my hsband drives for a living and doesn't really want a 'busman's holiday'...........

Many thanks

USA
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718 posts
22 reviews
1. Re: Car and driver hire

I decided upon a private driver/guide as well for Cape Town. The shark viewing company I was using suggested Take2Tours. Wayne, of Take2 was outstanding and we went to many of the places you mention. I found the cost to be reasonable and Wayne contributed immensely to my enjoyment of Cape Town and environs. (And I am not a private chauffeur type of person at all.)

http://www.take2tours.co.za/about-us.php

There are quite a few excellent private guides in Cape Town in addition to Take2.

One nice option was Rikki taxis that were available for shorter jaunts when I was not using Wayne. So being vehicle-less really worked out fine.

I did a report elsewhere in which I went into detail about Take2. I've copied it here.

"Though I knew nothing about the company, I stuck with the Take2 Tours recommendation by African Shark Eco-Charters. And I am glad I did! From my first email correspondence, which soon escalated into an assault from me on Take2’s inbox, I was impressed. In 18 months of contact, I made many tweaks, date changes, and alterations to my plans. All were accommodated graciously by owner, Wayne, with guidance and redirection bestowed when needed.

I ended up having Wayne book the hotels I chose (from choices recommended by African Shark Eco-Charters and Take 2) and get my Robben Island tickets. He made sure I had all the confirmation numbers, and provided copies on my arrival. He was especially helpful with Robben Island where there was a slight problem with the booking office and he alerted me to bring the credit card used to reserve the ticket.

Wayne was great in every respect and contributed in a huge way to my enjoyment of the Cape Town environs. His general knowledge of the area was immense and he knew the tricks and short cuts for what I wanted to do, such as hiking certain trails in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and dropping me off and picking me up in the best spots.

He made the time-saving and money-saving suggestion of having me do Robben Island on my own, my first morning in Cape Town, after checking out of the Waterfront Hotel and storing my bags at reception. Then he picked me up at the ferry dock, we retrieved the bags, had lunch, and began our Cape Town sight seeing that ended in Simons Town.

He had some good back up plans when last minute changes were needed. The cable car was not running on Table Mountain so instead we headed up Signal Mountain for nice views. The noontime canon blast on Signal Mountain represents the longest running daily cannon firing tradition in the world. Chapman’s Peak road was closed, so we went as far as we could and then headed to scenic Hout Bay.

Though I did not do a township tour, I ran into a family at the baboon walk who was raving about their recent township visit. They mentioned their guide named Wayne. When I inquired further, we discovered it was our very own Wayne of Take2 Tours!

Even with all he did for me, I believe I did not even really tap into Wayne’s forte. He could recommend what to order at various restaurants in and around Cape Town, from entrees to dessert. (I did follow some of this menu advice with great success.) He knew the wines and wineries, where to get the best croissants, what art galleries to go, which gift shops had the most unique book selections, the charms of each bay around Cape Town. For anyone with epicurean interests beyond, say, munching a sandwich and Ranch Doritos on the shark boat in the stench of Seal Island, Wayne would be a most valuable resource.

Wayne’s helpfulness and dedication can be seen in this example. On the day we went to Kirstenbosch Gardens, I came right off the shark boat to meet him at the dock. He arranged for me to change clothes in the restroom of a nearby restaurant, so I could remove some long underwear and other layers that I needed on the boat. We piled my extra clothes, including my waterproof socks and balaclava, in the back seat and we were off. After a lovely day at the gardens, Wayne drove back to Sea Spray. He gathered up the huge pile of clothing, which represented about four extra layers for top and bottom, with his one arm—my waterproof socks and balaclava dangling. He was on his cell phone with his other hand to Rikki Taxi or somebody on my behalf, as he schlepped my wardrobe down the steps to the entrance of Sea Spray. He truly had his hands full with helping to make every part of my Cape Town trip enjoyable."

Essex
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69 posts
2 reviews
2. Re: Car and driver hire

Many thanks for your very detailed reply.......will investigate further

Edgware
9 posts
3. Re: Car and driver hire

Hello

We used Sean who is recommended on this forum. His site is www.4capetours.co.za We had a lovely day in the wine country.

Enjoy

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