The average cost of a taxi to Franschhoek, and to Cape Point for that matter, has just been radically slashed. A journey that would typically cost upwards of R600 in a taxi is now available at just R99.
Cape Comoot is a new shuttle business that promises to provide both local and international tourists with affordable transportation to key tourist destinations. Quality vehicles will be used, complete with air conditioning, free Wifi, and mobile phone charging stations. Although initially running just twice daily from Greenmarket Square to Cape Point and Franschhoek, the company has plans to increase the number of departure times and expand its destinations to Stellenbosch and Hermanus.
Cape Comoot is the brainchild of Martin Bo Nielsen, the founder of Cape Town Free Walking Tours, which has over 60 000 guests yearly. With a history of launching disruptive businesses, Martin 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.
Says Le Grange, “Some people were not happy with the launch of Cape Town Free Walking Tours which operates using professional tour guides on a tip only basis. When it was launched four years ago, tour guide operators believed that the free walking tours would destroy their business, but this has not been the case. We hope that the industry will see and acknowledge that we are trying to create an alternative to renting your own car, and as Cape Town is growing into a global destination we think it is time for a service like this.”
Cape Comoot opens for bookings from 4 May and will begin running from 1 June. Tickets can be booked online at www.capecomoot.com