Car Rental South Africa

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Hertz
$13.87 / per day
Pietermaritzburg Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Hertz
$15.32 / per day
Cape Town, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Bidvest
$16.81 / per day
East London Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark Lite or similar
Chevrolet Spark Lite
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
SIXT
$17.24 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Pretoria Hatfield Car Rental
Economy Elite
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Hertz
$17.30 / per day
Port Elizabeth Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Hertz
$17.53 / per day
Stellenbosch, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Keddy
$17.92 / per day
Polokwane Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Bidvest
$17.94 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
IsiZulu,
IsiXhosa,
Afrikaans
Currency
ZAR
Country code
27
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$21.10 / 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 South Africa?

South Africa offers everything from large cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg to nature areas and 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. 

South Africa Car Rental

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. 

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 15 Most Popular Cities in South Africa

  1. Car Rental in Cape Town from $13.10 per day
  2. Car Rental in Johannesburg from $13.87 per day
  3. Car Rental in Durban from $13.79 per day
  4. Car Rental in Port Elizabeth from $13.41 per day
  5. Car Rental in George from $13.41 per day
  6. Car Rental in East London from $16.00 per day
  7. Car Rental in Nelspruit from $17.24 per day
  8. Car Rental in Pretoria from $16.81 per day
  9. Car Rental in Bloemfontein from $16.81 per day
  10. Car Rental in Polokwane from $13.87 per day
  11. Car Rental in Richards Bay from $13.79 per day
  12. Car Rental in Upington from $13.72 per day
  13. Car Rental in Kimberley from $13.72 per day
  14. Car Rental in Sishen from $17.79 per day

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
$46.61
January
$44.92
February
$39.09
March
$40.12
April
$28.23
May
$32.48
June
$37.24
July
$33.65
August
$35.45
September
$37.06
October
$69.11
November
$57.21
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in South Africa is May — prices start from $28.23 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 32% cheaper than the year’s average and 59% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $69.11 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?

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 Car Hire users search 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.
South Africa Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
132%
January
92%
February
79%
March
69%
April
83%
May
67%
June
89%
July
104%
August
78%
September
166%
October
120%
November
121%
December

Top 5 Suppliers for South Africa in 2019

Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.8
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7
Bidvest
Bidvest
Excellent 8.6
First Car Rental
First Car Rental
Excellent 8.3

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