You arrive at the Airport and hail a cab to your hotel after agreeing on the intended taxi charge to your destination. the driver is quite friendly and talkative, gushing on the beauty of Cape Town and how you will love it there. into the drive, he shows you sparkling bracelets that he claims he gets at a cheaper price and sells them to his clients as souvenirs. He quotes an average of $20 for one.
Halfway into the journey, the car stalls and he claims that it is a slight mechanical issues that he is quick to rectify. He takes his time only to come in and demand double the agreed fare amount. When you refuse and ask him to use the official meter, they refuse and insist on the inflated fare.
Places to beware: Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport, Around Taj Hotel Cape Town.
What to do:
-Download online certified cab hailing apps in a foreign country.
-Negotiate taxi fare beforehand factoring factors such as traffic congestion.
-Buy gemstones from trusted and authorized local dealers lest you get into legal hurdles with authorities.