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Car Hire in South Africa

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

East London Fort Hare University
Economy
Hyundai i10 or comparable
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
£ 7.18 per day
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Kimberley Airport
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
£ 7.56 per day
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Wonderboom Airport
Mini
Nissan Micra or comparable
Nissan Micra
  • 5
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
£ 9.59 per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport
Compact
Toyota Etios or comparable
Toyota Etios
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bidvest
£ 9.73 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Upington Airport
Mini
Toyota Agya or comparable
Toyota Agya
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
£ 10.29 / per day
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Port Elizabeth Airport
Economy
Hyundai i20 or comparable
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bidvest
£ 12.91 / per day
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Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Mini
Datsun Go or comparable
Datsun Go
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty ZA
£ 13.04 / per day
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City Centre
Mini
Toyota Agya or comparable
Toyota Agya
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 13.27 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 09:26 on 2021-09-17.

Travel Information

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

Why hire a car in South Africa?

From famous cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg to nature areas and an extensive coastline, South Africa really seems to have everything. 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 hiring a car in South Africa, don't miss our complete guide.

South Africa

One-way Car Hire in South Africa

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

  • From South Africa to Namibia - 92 offers from £ 32.46 per day
  • From South Africa to Lesotho - 10 offers from £ 19.47 per day
  • From South Africa to Botswana - 35 offers from £ 22.65 per day
  • From South Africa to Swaziland - 10 offers from £ 19.47 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 car hire company 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 and Maputo Airport in Mozambique.

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 hire car

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

Most popular types of hire car

The most popular 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 Hire Prices

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 37 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 32 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 18 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 53 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 48 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 15 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 44 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

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

  • Compare rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your 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 hiring a car is about 29% cheaper than the yearly average and about 56% cheaper than hiring a car in November.

Top 16 Most Popular Cities in South Africa

Top 17 Most Popular Destinations in South Africa

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in South Africa?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in South Africa fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in South Africa
£ 35.42
January
£ 34.13
February
£ 29.71
March
£ 30.49
April
£ 21.45
May
£ 24.68
June
£ 28.30
July
£ 25.58
August
£ 26.94
September
£ 28.16
October
£ 52.52
November
£ 43.48
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in South Africa is May with prices starting at £ 21.45 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is November with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 52.52. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 32. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in South Africa?

Hirers picking up a car in South Africa keep them for an average of 13 days during in January, while those picking up their cars in June keep them for an average of 7.
Average Hire 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 month is the most favoured for hiring a car in South Africa?

Though South Africa is popular for travellers all year long, the month for which the highest number of people search for a hire car is in October. in June is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in South Africa Compared to the Yearly Average
29%
January
20%
February
17%
March
15%
April
18%
May
15%
June
20%
July
23%
August
17%
September
972%
October
26%
November
27%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

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

Top 9 Hire Companies in South Africa in 2021

Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.9
+270437362116
66 Settlers Way, East London Airport, East London, 5200
Working hours
Mon:05:00-22:00
Tue:05:00-22:00
Wed:05:00-22:00
Thu:05:00-22:00
Fri:05:00-22:00
Sat:05:00-22:00
Sun:05:00-22:00
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7
+27112309999
66 Settlers Way, Greenfields
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.7
+27437362230
East London 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:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6
+27437362230
Settlers Way, East London Airport, East London, 5200, 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:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Bidvest
Bidvest
Outstanding 8.6
+27437075310
66 Settlers Way, Greenfields, East London, 5201
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:08:00-12:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+27437098200
East London, 5200, South Africa
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:09:00-17:30
Sun:09:00-18:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+27437098200
East London Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:09:00-17:30
Sun:09:00-18:00
Thrifty ZA
Thrifty ZA
Outstanding 8.2
+270437362222 / +270662840501
East London Airport, Unit 6 Car Rental Section, East London, 5200
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:08:00-13:00
Sun:08:00-13:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.7
+27313503383 / +27828852750
33/34 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, Cape Town, 7690
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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