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Car hire South Africa

CompareCarHire.co.uk South Africa is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

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The rates shown above are per day based on a rental period of at least 7 days. Additional costs and taxes for optional extras may apply. Please click here for an explanation of these charges.

When to book a rental car in South Africa

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Location information for South Africa

South Africa is best explored by rental car. CompareCarHire.co.uk has over 75 pick-up locations in South Africa. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

Car hire in South Africa

There's something about South Africa that inspires writers such as Tolkien, as well as foreign film makers and passionate sportsmen alike. Could it be the beautiful beaches, the breathtaking landscapes or the unusual wildlife? Perhaps it's the people and their history of struggle and victory, or simply the vastness of the land. Whatever it is, South Africa is the ultimate tourist destination.

Major airports and ports

OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg shares air traffic management duties with Cape Town and King Shaka airports, with the Johannesburg hub being the busiest of the three. Other minor airports have limited intake of carriers throughout the year. Ferries also regularly traverse the waters between Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Walvis Bay and Cape Town.


Cape Town's buses offer sightseeing tours in addition to daily city routes. Trains are a suitable way to view the picturesque coasts of South Africa, but car rental in South Africa is the most convenient and enjoyable way to tour the cities and countryside. Agencies such as Hertz, Avis and Budget, as well as local outlets, can be booked online in advance.

Driving tips

South Africa car hire is a convenient and enjoyable way to get around the country. Present a valid English language licence with your photo and signature and/or an international driving permit when hiring a vehicle. Keep left when driving, belt up and obey speed limit signs. Prepare for long distance-driving over excellent road works and expect toll booths along national roads and at key tour centres.

Places to visit

Rent a vehicle and tour the Winelands to the east of Cape Town, where 17th century Dutch architecture, modern hotels and, of course, excellent wine all make for an unforgettable experience. Then drive over to Kruger National Park, where hippos, crocodiles, giraffes and cheetahs are as breathtaking as the scenery. August to November is whale watching season at the seaside town of Hermanus, so compare cheap car hire in South Africa with us in advance if you plan to head there.

Practical information

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    South African rand
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  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is CompareCarHire.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by CompareCarHire.co.uk? at this location
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