South Africa

Cheap Car Hire in South Africa

27 May — 3 Jun
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What are the car hire prices for popular cities in South Africa?

Below are the cheapest cities to hire a car in South Africa


£8 - £29

Out of all the popular cities in South Africa, East London is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just £8/day. Renting a car in East London is 72% cheaper than renting one in Pretoria where the per day rate is around £29. Other fairly inexpensive cities in South Africa to get a rental car in are: Bloemfontein (£8/day), Cape Town (£11/day), and Kimberley (£11/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Cape Town should expect to spend around £11/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in South Africa is Cape Town.

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Car Hire FAQs

What are the requirements to hire a car in South Africa?

Car hire in South Africa is a great solution for your Mzansi trip. Firstly, much of the public transportation does not ideally cater for tourists, and secondly, this diverse and scenic terrain is widely set apart and needs exploring with the autonomy and freedom of your own vehicle. Cheap car hire in South Africa will require some standard documentation, such as your passport, international driving permit and a credit card with sufficient credit. Whilst all South African car hire can be paid for with credit cards, only a select few will accept debit cards. It is always best to check beforehand if you are planning on paying for your car hire in South Africa with a debit card, even if it is Visa or Mastercard.

What are the rules for driving in South Africa?

You will be driving your car hire in South Africa on the left-hand side of the road, which is great news for British tourists. Rules are standard and easy to follow, with good signage in all urban and suburban areas. Parts of the towns will make use of traffic circles, which always give cars in the circle right of way. Buckle up, no matter what seat you are using, and ensure babies under three have an approved car seat. You can hire one from your car hire location in South Africa. Do not drink and drive, as random road blocks pop up often and sporadically and you could find yourself arrested on the spot. Refrain from mobile phone use whilst driving, and be courteous, despite the often frustrating driving style of the local minibus taxis. Cheap car hire in South Africa will otherwise be a pleasant and smart solution for your holiday or business travels.

What type of car is recommended for driving in South Africa?

Car hire in South Africa can be selected for your trip largely by where you will be driving in the country. Most of the national roads in South Africa are good, and you can easily drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town with an economy hire or a solid passenger car. If you are planning on visiting any of the national wildlife parks or mountain regions, you may enjoy the sturdy approach of a 4x4 vehicle. Car hire in South Africa also gives you the option to choose a top-down convertible, to enjoy the beach roads of Durban and the Cape coast, or a luxury car hire, for those who enjoy the finer things in life. The city roads are diverse, depending on where you go, and potholes are a problem in summer when the heavy rainfall could be damaging. Be diligent when you drive your South African car hire and enjoy the open road of this popular tourist country.

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in South Africa?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Budget (9.8 rating), Woodford (8.4 rating) and Europcar (8.4 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in South Africa.

What is the most popular car hire provider in South Africa?

With an average price of £21/day, 1First Car Rental is the most popular car hire provider in South Africa, booking 454% more hire cars than any other provider.

What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in South Africa?

At £8/day, the cheapest car hire price in South Africa was found in Bloemfontein. On average, Bloemfontein has the cheapest daily rental car price (£8/day), which is 74% below average price for cities in South Africa.

What side of the road do you drive on in South Africa?

Cars travel on the left side of the road in South Africa.

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