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Car Rental in Polokwane

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Datsun Go or similar
Datsun Go
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$9.43 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$9.49 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$9.96 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
$10.22 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$10.27 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$10.28 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$10.87 / per day
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Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$11.34 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:01 on 2020-08-07. 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
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$19.39 / per day
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%

Why rent a car in Polokwane?

For decades, the South African province of Limpopo was flying under the radar of everyone but the most adventurous travelers. However, over the last few years, the region in the far north of the country that borders Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique has finally been noticed. More and more tourists come here to enjoy Limpopo’s vast national parks, safari tours, and wildlife sanctuaries. The region’s capital, Polokwane, is the best place from where to explore it all, as well as an interesting and culturally rich city in its own right.

Polokwane Car Rental

Top ways to enter Polokwane

  • Polokwane Airport: Also known as Pietersburg Airport after the city’s former name, it is the closest airport to the city. However, as of December 2019, it only hosts flights along one route, that between Polokwane and Johannesburg-Tambo (served by Airlink). Located 5 km (3 miles) from the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Johannesburg Tambo Airport: The busiest airport not only in South Africa, but all of the African continent, Johannesburg’s primary airport serves about 21 million travelers every year. Named after O.R. Tambo, the former president of the African National Congress, it provides flights to and from destinations all over Africa, as well as in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and even Australia. Located 305 km (189 miles) south of Polokwane, the airport can be reached in about three hours.
  • Johannesburg Lanseria Airport: The other, smaller international airport serving South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg-Lanseria Airport handles a number of domestic flights as well as a connection with Zanzibar in Tanzania. Located 311 km (193 miles) south of Polokwane, it takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach.
  • Kruger Mpumalanga Airport: Serving the city of Mbombela (formerly known as Nelspruit) in the neighboring province of Mpumalanga, Kruger Airport handled about 270,000 travelers in 2018. The airport provides flights to and from all the largest cities of South Africa, some smaller and remote locations in the northern part of the country as well as Livingston in Zambia. Located 330 km (205 miles) southeast of Polokwane, Kruger Airport can be reached in about four hours.

Useful city facts

  • With a semiarid climate and an elevation of more than 1,200 m (3,940 ft), Polokwane has a warm year-round climate and little temperature differences between seasons. The average high temperature is 28°C  (83°F) in January, the hottest month, and 20°C  (67°F) in June, the coolest. Precipitation is at its highest from November to January, but extremely low from May to August. 
  • The main spoken language of Polokwane is Northern Sotho, a Bantu language closely related to many others spoken in South Africa and its neighboring countries. Other native languages such as Venda, Tswana, and Southern Ndebele are spoken in the city as well. There are also large communities of native speakers of both Afrikaans (about 20% of Polokwane’s residents), a language mutually intelligible with Dutch, and English (about 10%). 

Top destinations and activities

  • Polokwane Art Museum. Home to paintings, sculptures, and other works by famous South African artists, the museum is one of the most visited places in Polokwane. In addition to the permanent collection, the opening of new exhibitions is frequent. The museum is located inside the Danie Hough Cultural Center which is part of the Library Gardens Complex, the beating heart of culture and art in this part of South Africa.
  • Industrial Art Park. Located within city limits, the industrial park is one of the most original art spaces in Africa. Only 15 artworks, each one made from industrial materials, are on display, but they all are fascinating, not only because of their size, but also the artists’ inventiveness. The Industrial Art Park will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2020.
  • Bakone Malapa Open-Air Park. Located south of Polokwane, this open-air museum is dedicated to the indigenous inhabitants of northeast South Africa. Visitors of the park can see traditional buildings, as well as learn about the main professions and culture of the Bakone in addition to those of other Northern Sotho-speaking peoples. 

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on freeways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on any public road outside of an urban area that is not a freeway, and 60 km/h (37 mph) on any public road within an urban or built-up area.
  • the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% per 100ml of blood and 0.24% per 1000 ml of breath for experienced drivers and is 0.00% for novice drivers. Exceeding the allowed limit can lead to large fines, deportation, or imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in South Africa. However, unlike in most of the world, no payments are made on the highway, be it in cash or by credit card. Instead, a vehicle is identified either by an electronic tag that is on the vehicle or by the vehicle’s license plate number. 

Many rental cars are equipped with an e-tag that will be used for making toll payments. Some rental car providers will charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your car rental provider about it beforehand. 

The exact rate for using the toll roads depends on the type of road. See more information about the latest toll rates here.

If your rental car is not equipped with an e-tag, the bill for using the toll roads will be sent to your rental provider. Due to delays in the South African toll system, you could be billed and charged after the end of your rental period.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Polokwane Game Reserve. One of the largest of its kind, Polokwane Game Reserve is home to many unique species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. One of the main attractions of the reserve is the Moletjie Sanctuary, a preserve for the unique and threatened cape vulture. Visitors of the reserve can join tours or go on independent hikes. Located just 5 km (3 miles) from the city center, the Polokwane Game Reserve can be reached in about ten minutes by car.
  • Mpumalanga. Limpopo’s neighboring province is a rarely visited place, but those travelers who do venture there do not leave disappointed. Mpumalanga is home to the stunning (and stunningly huge) Blyde River Canyon that includes sites like God's Window and the Three Rondavels, industrial sites, and some of South Africa’s nicest safaris. The capital, Mbombela (formerly known as Nelspruit), is 300 km (180 miles) southeast of Polokwane and you can explore the rest of the province from there.
  • Kruger National Park. The size of a small country, Kruger is one of the two largest national parks in South Africa. Shared by Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the national park is home to the black rhino, South African giraffe, African bush elephant, Nile crocodile, and hundreds of other species of animals. You can explore Kruger with a rental car - the park’s roads are in a very good condition and there are even petrol stations inside it. The park has nine entrance gates, and the closest to Polokwane is in Phalaborwa. About 205 km (128 miles) east of Polokwane, it can be reached in about three hours. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Polokwane is the Volkswagen Polo, although many travelers also go for the Renault Clio and the Kia Picanto. The most popular rental car types are economy, standard, and mini.

Further destinations

  • Johannesburg. A true melting pot, South Africa’s largest city is home to people from not only all over South Africa but all over the continent. Consequently, the city boasts distinct neighborhoods, a diverse center, and an amazing concentration of different cultural centers. Famous landmarks also abound, including the Museum of Origins and Rock Art and Johannesburg Planetarium. Located about 320 km (199 miles) south of Polokwane Polokwane, Johannesburg can be reached in 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Botswana. South Africa’s northern neighbor has the third-lowest population density of any country in Africa, but what it lacks in urban areas, it more than makes up with pristine nature which has everything from otherworldly deserts to lush river deltas and endless grasslands. Relatively developed and safe, Botswana is an increasingly popular travel destination. Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is 480 km (298 miles) southwest of Polokwane and takes about six hours to reach. Many rental car providers do not permit crossing the border, so it’s important to ask them in advance. Alternatively, you can travel by public transportation and pick up a new car after arriving in Botswana. It’s also important to check in advance if you need a visa to visit Botswana as the country has a different visa policy than South Africa.
  • Mozambique. Something of a hidden gem, Mozambique remains a mysterious destination for many. Those who do venture to the Portuguese-speaking nation will find scenic islands, lush jungle, unique culture, and endless beaches where you can find everything from all-inclusive resorts to tiny, idyllic villages. The country is still developing and lacks the infrastructure that South Africa and Botswana have, but the travelers who dare to go are likely to return feeling very rewarded. Maputo, the capital, is 500 km (305 miles) southwest of Polokwane and takes about seven hours to reach; other destinations are even closer. As with Botswana, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you crossing the border (even fewer do) and check to see if you need a visa to enter. 

Car Rental Prices in Polokwane

  • Large cars - from $27 per day
  • Medium cars - from $19 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $57 per day
  • Premium cars - from $54 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $54 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Increase your chances of landing a great rental car in Polokwane by following these tips:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Polokwane is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 36% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 56% cheaper than renting a vehicle in November.

Top 10 Cities near Polokwane

  1. Johannesburg Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    282.8 km / 175.7 miles away
  2. Durban Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    661.8 km / 411.2 miles away
  3. Pretoria Car Rentals from $10.27 per day
    244.6 km / 152.0 miles away
  4. Nelspruit Car Rentals from $11.34 per day
    235.6 km / 146.4 miles away
  5. Bloemfontein Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    662.7 km / 411.8 miles away
  6. 652.0 km / 405.2 miles away
  7. Richards Bay Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    604.3 km / 375.5 miles away
  8. Kimberley Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    722.8 km / 449.1 miles away
  9. Upington Car Rentals from $9.43 per day
    962.0 km / 597.8 miles away
  10. Sishen Car Rentals from $10.22 per day
    772.7 km / 480.1 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Polokwane

  1. 6.6 km / 4.1 miles away
  2. 230.6 km / 143.3 miles away
  3. 231.0 km / 143.6 miles away
  4. Downtown Car Rentals from $9.49 per day
    232.8 km / 144.7 miles away
  5. 234.6 km / 145.8 miles away
  6. 238.5 km / 148.2 miles away
  7. 273.4 km / 169.9 miles away
  8. 276.5 km / 171.8 miles away
  9. 282.3 km / 175.4 miles away
  10. Downtown Car Rentals from $10.27 per day
    286.8 km / 178.2 miles away
  11. 598.8 km / 372.1 miles away
  12. 645.7 km / 401.2 miles away
  13. 655.7 km / 407.4 miles away
  14. 656.5 km / 407.9 miles away
  15. Downtown Car Rentals from $11.34 per day
    679.7 km / 422.3 miles away
  16. 717.2 km / 445.6 miles away
  17. Sishen Airport Car Rentals from $10.22 per day
    768.2 km / 477.4 miles away
  18. 957.7 km / 595.1 miles away
  19. 1019.8 km / 633.6 miles away
  20. 1027.6 km / 638.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Polokwane?

Car rental prices in Polokwane vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Polokwane
January
$67.79
February
March
$44.80
April
$56.59
May
June
$53.05
July
August
$62.59
September
$76.33
October
$101.44
November
$101.44
December
The best month to rent a car in Polokwane is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $44.80). This is 36% cheaper than the yearly average and 56% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $101.44 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Polokwane?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in March, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in July, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Polokwane
6
January
6
February
8
March
5
April
8
May
6
June
4
July
4
August
6
September
6
October
8
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Polokwane?

While travelers visit Polokwane year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Polokwane by Monthly Searches
135%
January
514%
February
466%
March
8%
April
11%
May
5%
June
8%
July
8%
August
2%
September
19%
October
7%
November
18%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bidvest Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Firefly Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
SIXT Suzuki Celerio 5 Small cars
Bidvest Hyundai i10 4 2 Small cars

Top 7 Suppliers in Polokwane in 2020

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
+270152889900
Gateway St, Polokwane Airport, Polokwane, 0700
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:30
Tue:07:00-18:30
Wed:07:00-18:30
Thu:07:00-18:30
Fri:07:00-18:30
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:08:00-14:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+27112309999
Gateway Street, Polokwane Airport, Polokwane, 0700
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
+27152880097
GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:06:30-19:00
Tue:06:30-19:00
Wed:06:30-19:00
Thu:06:30-19:00
Fri:06:30-19:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+27152880097
N1 North Makhado Highway, Polokwane
Working hours
Mon:06:30-19:00
Tue:06:30-19:00
Wed:06:30-19:00
Thu:06:30-19:00
Fri:06:30-19:00
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
+27152880169
Gateway Street, Polokwane International Airport, Polokwane, 3180
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:09:00-16:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+27152880171
Gateway St, Polokwane, 0700, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:30
Tue:07:00-18:30
Wed:07:00-18:30
Thu:07:00-18:30
Fri:07:00-18:30
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:09:00-18:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+27152880171
Polokwane Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:30
Tue:07:00-18:30
Wed:07:00-18:30
Thu:07:00-18:30
Fri:07:00-18:30
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:09:00-18:30

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