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Car Rental in South Africa

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Port Elizabeth Rhodes University - Grahamstown Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$9.60 per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$10.60 per day
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Bloemfontein Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Etios or similar
Toyota Etios
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$13.64 per day
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Pietermaritzburg Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Agya or similar
Toyota Agya
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$14.43 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Wonderboom Airport Car Rental
Mini
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5x
  • x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$16.80 / per day
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George Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bidvest
$18.11 / per day
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Johannesburg Lanseria Airport Car Rental
Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
$18.29 / per day
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Pretoria Hatfield Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Agya or similar
Toyota Agya
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$18.61 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:57 on 2021-04-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 km/h
25 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0

Why rent a car in South Africa?

South Africa offers everything from large cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg to nature areas and an extensive coastline. The large distances can sometimes feel overwhelming, but the road network is generally in good shape and even if you choose to stick to just one region of the country, you’ll most likely end up being surprised by the incredible diversity that you’ll find. 

If you want to know more about renting a car in South Africa, don't miss our complete guide.

South Africa Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in South Africa

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in South Africa and drop off in another country:

  • From South Africa to Namibia - 92 offers from US$ 45.53 per day
  • From South Africa to Lesotho - 10 offers from US$ 27.31 per day
  • From South Africa to Botswana - 35 offers from US$ 31.77 per day
  • From South Africa to Swaziland - 10 offers from US$ 27.31 per day

Top ways to enter South Africa

  • Cape Town Airport: The fifth-busiest in Africa, this airport serves not only Cape Town, but also the wider Western Cape Region.
  • Johannesburg Tambo Airport: South Africa’s busiest airport serves nearly 30 million passengers annually. 
  • Durban King Shaka Airport: Named after a leader of the Zulu nation, Durban serves not only domestic routes, but also flights to and from many other African countries like Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, and Ghana, as well as destinations in Europe and the Middle East.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it and if you have the right visa and other documentation, it’s possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to South Africa. Some large international airports near South Africa are Gaborone Airport in Botswana, Maputo Airport in Mozambique, and Harare Airport in Zimbabwe.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Cape Town: One of the most popular city destinations in Africa, Cape Town is home to the Cape of Good Home, Table Mountain, a large wine region, and an extensive sea coast.
  • Johannesburg: Huge and hugely impressive, Johannesburg is home to interesting museums and great cuisine from all over Africa. Many great national parks are also nearby.
  • Durban: The city on the Indian Ocean has many natural landmarks, opportunities for water sports, and the famous Crocodile Creek.
  • Eastern Cape: This regions is best known for having one half of the beautiful Garden Route (that starts in Western Cape), as well as its surfing towns and villages, but the Addo Elephant National Park and the Tsitsikamma National Park shouldn’t be overlooked, either.
  • Limpopo: Something of an unknown quantity up to this day, the South African region bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe is best known for the beautiful Kruger National Park.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in South Africa are the VW Polo. The Toyota Corolla and the Chevrolet Spark are also popular choices.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car types in South Africa are economy, mini, and compact. 

Top driving routes

  1. Cape Town - Port Elizabeth (282 km / 175 mi) It’s a long road between the capitals of Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces, but many travelers still choose to do it because of the many nature reserves, coastal areas, and the beautiful Garden Route that are on the way. 
  2. Johannesburg - Durban (568 km / 353 mi) The two great cities of Eastern South Africa are about six hours apart. Many travelers also choose to visit Lesotho that is on the way, but if you’d like to do the same, first make sure that your rental car provider permits it as you’d be entering another country.
  3. Johannesburg - Nelspruit (341 km / 212 mi) Cozy Mbombela, still often referred to by its former name, Nelspruit, is about four hours drive east of Johannesburg. 

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $51 per day
  • Large cars - from $44 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $75 per day
  • Premium cars - from $67 per day
  • Small cars - from $21 per day
  • SUVs - from $61 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in South Africa:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting South Africa is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 29% cheaper than the yearly average and about 56% cheaper than renting a car in November.

Top 17 Most Popular Cities in South Africa

  1. Car Rental in Cape Town from $29.22 per day
  2. Car Rental in Johannesburg from $18.61 per day
  3. Car Rental in Durban from $18.29 per day
  4. Car Rental in Nelspruit from $10.60 per day
  5. Car Rental in Port Elizabeth from $10.60 per day
  6. Car Rental in George from $10.60 per day
  7. Car Rental in Pretoria from $18.29 per day
  8. Car Rental in Bloemfontein from $10.60 per day
  9. Car Rental in East London from $9.38 per day
  10. Car Rental in Polokwane from $10.60 per day
  11. Car Rental in Richards Bay from $14.43 per day
  12. Car Rental in Upington from $14.43 per day
  13. Car Rental in Stellenbosch from $10.60 per day
  14. Car Rental in Kimberley from $10.60 per day
  15. Car Rental in Hermanus from $10.60 per day
  16. Car Rental in Sishen from $9.56 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in South Africa?

The cost of renting a car in South Africa depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in South Africa
$49.68
January
$47.88
February
$41.66
March
$42.76
April
$30.09
May
$34.61
June
$39.69
July
$35.87
August
$37.79
September
$39.50
October
$73.66
November
$60.98
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in South Africa is May — prices start from $30.09 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 32% cheaper than the yearly average and 59% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $73.66 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in South Africa?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 13 days. The shortest are in June — an average of 7 days.
Average Rental Length in South Africa
13
January
9
February
9
March
8
April
10
May
7
June
9
July
7
August
7
September
7
October
8
November
8
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in South Africa?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in South Africa. The most popular month is October, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in South Africa by Monthly Searches
124%
January
86%
February
74%
March
65%
April
78%
May
63%
June
83%
July
97%
August
73%
September
233%
October
112%
November
113%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Firefly Toyota Starlet 5 1 Small cars
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Agya 5 1 Small cars
Firefly Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
Firefly VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Starlet 5 1 Small cars
Bidvest Hyundai i20 4 2 Small cars
Budget VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Bidvest Hyundai i10 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 17, 2021
I was around in Ekurhuleni visiting my relatives. Relax and enjoy your trips, park the car in a safe place during the day and at night and remember to drive according to the road speed limit.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
January 20, 2021
I visited Sun City in North West and Sudwala caves in Mpumalanga provinces,Mount Amanzi and many other little resorts around Jo,burg I thoroughly enjoyed my stay knowing my car would take me anywhere without hassles
South Africa
VW Polo Vivo
January 8, 2021
Great place
South Africa
Nissan Micra
December 19, 2020
Do not go to Kimberley, there are more potholes than road. There's an amazing Karoo accommodation called Sweetfontein Boutique Farm Lodge near Bristown, this place is exceptional if you want peace, quiet and space and Karoo landscape. The area around Bethlehem and Clarens and Ficksburg is very very beautiful and peaceful. Durban accommodation is affordable and the sea is warm in winter.
South Africa
Kia Picanto
February 26, 2020
The Cape Coast is very beautiful. A definite must is Paternoster. But please don't buy the Crayfish, they are on our red list and in short supply.
South Africa
Renault Clio
February 25, 2020
Stick on highway to airport for as long as possible. Don't go through the suburb's
South Africa
Toyota Corolla
September 29, 2019
Booked online and everything was ready and waiting at the arranged time
Swaziland
Chevrolet Spark
September 5, 2019
Capetown is OK.
Australia
Nissan Almera
July 18, 2019
Easy driving within Cape Town and along the Garden Route
South Africa
VW Polo
July 10, 2019
Durban is my home. I don’t like it that much coz I’ve lived there my whole life. But travelers can definitely find value for money at hertz.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
March 1, 2019
As an American I had to get used to driving on a different side of the road.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
February 12, 2019
Obviously table mountain and the waterfront are big ones, however Chapman drive to all the smaller towns is also amazing.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Aveo 5d
January 3, 2019
Great destination. Easy to drive around.

Top 9 Suppliers in South Africa in 2021

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+27538302200
Crompton Patterson Street, Kimberley Airport, Kimberley, 8301
Working hours
Mon:06:30-19:30
Tue:06:30-19:30
Wed:06:30-19:30
Thu:06:30-19:30
Fri:06:30-19:30
Sat:10:00-15:30
Sun:14:00-19:30
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
Crompton Patterson Street, Kimberley Airport, Kimberley, 8301
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27538511131
Kimberley Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:16:00-17:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27538511131
Kimberley Airport, Airport Building, Kimberley, 8301
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:16:00-17:00
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27538511182 / +27538511183
Kimberley Airport, Maroela Street, Kimberley, 8301
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
Sun:09:00-12:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+27538511082
Comp Patterson Rd, Diskobolos, Kimberley, 8300, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:10:30-12:30
Sun:15:30-17:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27538511082
Kimberley Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:10:30-12:30
Sun:15:30-17:30
Thrifty ZA
Thrifty ZA
Excellent 8.2
+270219362121 / +270796878773
Unit BG6 Car Rental Building, Central Boulevard, Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, 7525
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+27215559561
341 Koeberg, Brooklyn, Cape Town, 7441
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
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