Cape Town: City Cape Town's urban area is small, with a compact Central Business District (CBD). Charming residential neighborhoods, like Gardens and Oranjezicht, creep up toward Table Mountain. Monday, Apr 17, 2006, 12:41 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2015


Cape Town: City



  • South Africans drive on the left side of the road.

  • Local drivers vigilantly adhere to the keep-left rule. Only drive in the right-hand lane if you are passing a car.

  • South Africans don't honk (or hoot, as they call it). Rapid flashing of emergency lights at your car can be either a sign of irritation or a gesture of thanks. If a car flashes lights behind you, it wants to overtake you, and you should move left. A repeat of flashing after it passes you means "thank you."

  • Leave a big gap between your car and any minitaxis; the drivers believe they control the roadways.

  • Gasoline, called petrol, is full-service everywhere. Always the tip the attendant at least a rand or two.

  • Parking on central Cape Town streets is controlled by licensed parking monitors who must show their ID. Rates are 25¢ for 30 minutes, 50¢ for an hour.

  • Everyone jaywalks in Cape Town, so beware of pedestrians.
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