Getting to key tourist destinations requires joining a tour group, hiring a car, or taking a hotel shuttle facility or taxi service. Enter Cape Comoot …
Currently, a single visitor to Cape Town cannot get to and from Cape Point or Franschhoek for under R550 and that requires joining a tour of up to 50 people. These are expensive options: Uber to Franschhoek is R600 one-way and a shuttle service from a hotel is typically R700 to R800. Cape Comoot, a new shuttle business has launched in the Western Cape to provide both local and international tourists with affordable transportation will initially run from Greenmarket Square to Cape Point (with plans to expand to Stellenbosch and Hermanus in the near future) and will cost only R99 for a one-way trip.
Cape Comoot is the brainchild of Martin Bo Nielsen, the founder of Cape Town Free Walking Tours, which has over 60 000 guests yearly. Nielsen and his business partner, Yolandie Le Grange, have an eye for spotting gaps in the market and a passion for making a difference to communities around them.
“Cape Town has become a mainstream destination with tourists expecting the same service, facilities and convenience found at destinations such as London, Tokyo or Paris,” says Nielsen. “Tourists come to South Africa and expect public transport to tourist sites outside of the city centres. The independent travellers also want to go straight to their destination, without the inconvenience of sitting through 20 stops along the way or taking a tour bus. On the walking tours the guests ask us all the time if there are any simple public transport options to destinations outside Cape Town.”
“We have been asked how we can provide a shuttle service at R99 one way when the industry is currently charging R800 to R1 500 easily per person,” says Cape Comoot co-owner Yolandie Le Grange. “We are absolutely passionate about the fact that guests to the city should be able to take transport at a price closer to what they would get if they were to take public transport in any other global destination.”
Cape Town Free Walking Tours was successfully launched four years ago and offers walking tours with professional guides on a tip basis only. Now Cape Comoot provides an alternative to renting your own car or taking tours, with a network of drivers in quality shuttles that have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and mobile phone charging stations, redefining the meaning of cheap transport.
Tickets can online be booked online at www.capecomoot.com. Trips begin running from 1 June 2017. Initially, there will be two daily departure times to each destination.
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