Landing at CT airport on either 2 or 3 January. What's the best (and probably cheapest) way to travel in Cape Town? I believe taxis are quite expensive. Also planning on going up Table Mountain - would there be long queues in January. Is 2 January a holiday in SA?
If you are going to be based in central Cape Town itself, then I have no doubt that there will be buses to all the major attractions like the V&A etc. The buses aren't always the most beautiful as many South African's prefer to drive in the face of an almost non-existent transportation system, however they will get you where you want to go cheaply.
To my knowledge, the 2nd should be a holiday as New Years Day is on the Sunday, and if a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the Monday becomes a public holiday. I stand corrected though.
The whole of the Christmas and NY season in SA is busy, particularly in Cape Town and along the coast. Perhaps the best way to avoid queues for the cable car at table mountain is to get there early and walk up, then take the cable car down. It's a nice walk - +- 1.5 hours depending on your fitness level, and the cable car is also enjoyable as it rotates 360 degrees. There is usually a far shorter queue at the top of the mountain to come down, so hopefully you will avoid that.
Hope that helps!
2nd jan 2006 likely to be a holiday as the public one falls on a sunday - BUT in Cape town there has long been a practice of haveing a second new years day and that is when the major coon carnival is normally held, which might be worth a visit.
DEC / JAN is HIGH season so it will be busy. However there are many ways to get arround Cape Town, without having to use formal taxis. You could catch a bus , hire a scooter, catch a tuc tuc or minibus or simply just walk the city is quite small.
Catch the bus up to the base of the mountain and CLIMB it - why wait for the cable car and put up with eth long , its a good climb and if you are reasonably fit you can do it. leave early in the cool of the morning when most tourists are still sleeping, beat the queues and climb. Then if you fee lazy you can always catch the car back down.
The Mountain very pretty and you will see and meet more people if you climb anyway.
Thanks for the info everyone - will have more questions coming your way closer to December/January.
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