Why organising car hire from Cape Town International Airport is a good idea

Why organising car hire from Cape Town International Airport is a good idea

Are you asking yourself if organising car hire from Cape Town International Airport is a good idea? Using car hire in Cape Town (or any South African city) is the safest, easiest and most efficient way of travelling.

Are you asking yourself if organising car hire from Cape Town International Airport is a good idea? Using car hire in Cape Town (or any South African city) is the safest, easiest and most efficient way of travelling. If you’re planning to travel and holiday in the Western Cape, car hire is ideal for touring regions like the Cape Winelands. Organising to pick up and drop off your hired car at the airport makes sense, especially if you’re flying in and out of Cape Town. Roadtrip adventures are a great way to discover the Cape, particularly the Winelands.

Roadtrip the Cape Winelands with car hire from Cape Town International Airport

The Cape Winelands is the stuff travel brochures are made of. Awe-inspiring mountain ranges, green, fertile valleys, picturesque little towns, and vineyards, orchards and farms “for Africa”, as the saying goes. In summer the farms are lush and green, in autumn the colours change to yellow, orange, red and gold, and winter brings snowcaps to the mountains. There are plenty of wine routes, activities and places to stay on offer in this beautiful area. Let’s have a look at three of the most popular towns.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The town is renowned for its top-class wines and its prestigious university.

Places to go and things to do:

  • Dorp Straat (Dorp Street): a national monument
  • Spier: the Wine Centre, Cheetah Outreach, Eagle Adventures, restaurants, picnics and De Zalze Golf Course
  • Stellenbosch wine routes: Bottelary Hills, Devon Valley Vintners, Helderberg and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
  • Blaauklippen Estate: art galleries and museums
  • The Toy & Miniature Museum
  • Die Braak: the town square with its interesting buildings

Franschhoek

The drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek is about 50 minutes, and Stellenbosch to Franschhoek is about half an hour on the R310. Franschhoek is a charming little town known for its vineyards, lavender fields and mountain ranges.

Places to go and things to do:

  • Art galleries and antique shops
  • Huguenot Fine Chocolates: delicious handmade Belgian chocolates
  • The famous Franschhoek Motor Museum
  • The Franschhoek wine route
  • The Cap Classique route
  • Eating out at one of the eight restaurants in SA’s “Top 100”

Paarl

Paarl is an hour from Cape Town by car and the biggest town in the Winelands. Famous for its wine estates and history, Paarl is an enchanting town to visit.

Places to go and things to do:

  • The Paarl Vintners wine route: over 25 cellars with a substantial variety of reds
  • The Paarl Museum: the history of the area
  • The Strooidak Church: the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the country
  • Fairview: an amazing winery and cheesery where you can visit the goats, taste wines and cheeses and blend your own olive oil
  • The Afrikaans Language Museum and the Taal Monument
  • Boschenmeer Golf Course: a David Frost signature course and the first 27-hole layout in the Western Cape

A roadtrip of the Cape Winelands makes for an exceptional holiday. Organise car hire from Cape Town International Airport and head inland to experience the irresistible towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl for yourself!