Cape Town - There's a new kid on the block, and its the equivalent of Uber for travelling out of the city.
Cape Comoot, as it's called, is a new, local shuttle business which will be kicking off in the Western Cape on 1 June 2017.
The service will provide both local and international tourists with affordable transportation to key tourist destinations like Franschhoek and Cape Point, with the aim of branching out to other popular destinations like Hermanus and Stellenbosch in the near future.
Cape Comoot opens for bookings from 4 May and will begin running from the 1st of June.
Tickets can only be booked online.
As a start there will be two daily departure times to each destination (which they hope to increase soon).
Departure times will be as follows:
From Greenmarket Square to Franschhoek at 09:00 and 15:00, and back at 11:00 and 18:30.
From Greenmarket Square to Cape Point at 08:00 and 13:00, and back at 12:00 and 17:00.
All one-way trips will cost R99 per person.
What is Cape Comoot?
The shuttle operator is the brainchild of Martin Bo Nielsen, the founder of Cape Town Free Walking Tours, which has over 60 000 guests yearly.
According to Nielsen, “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. 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 twenty stops along the way or taking a tour bus.
Typically, shuttle services are currently charging between R800 and R1 500 rand per person for the trip to tourist hotspots like Franschhoek. And this is what Cape Comoot would like to challenge, co-owner Yolandie Le Grange says.
New kid on the block
“This is part of our bold business model and we know we may get some resistance from the industry," Le Grange says. "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.”
She says the disruptive business industry should not be shunned, but rather welcomed as an alternative boost to the tourism industry.
"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," Le Grange says. "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.”
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