My husband and I are visiting Cape Town in Sept and were wondering what is the taxi system there like. From other forum threads, it seems like we won't have an issue getting a cab to bring us to places and back. We are wondering if we could just easily flag a taxi on the street? We live in Chicago and are used to doing that with so many taxis available cruising the streets in Chicago, but we realize that the system might be different in Cape Town. Are we better off keeping with us on hand the contact number for a local taxi company and then calling them when we need a taxi?
We will be staying at Mandela Rhodes and looking at Google maps, it seems like many of the places we would like to go to at night are within walking distance (we also walk alot in general in Chicago) but not sure if this is advisable in Cape Town. To give you an idea, we probably will spend our evenings at restaurants like 95 Keerom and Savoy Cabbage for dinner, and then checking out Long St nightlife. Are we better off taking a taxi back to the hotel from these places? From the map, it seems like a short walk back to the hotel but if that's not advisable then we'll take a taxi back to the hotel. Also are taxis generally willing to take passengers even if the destination is only about 6 blocks away from the destination?