Car Rental & Rent a Car Deals in South Africa

Search for and compare prices on car rental in the whole of South Africa. Good rental prices on family, luxury and economy cars. When you rent a car with no surprises awaits when you pick up the car on your arrival. The prices include any airport fees, free mileage and obligatory insurances, taxes and fees. Our aim is to help you find cheap rental cars in South Africa online. Do you prefer some companies before others? You can choose that when you do your search.

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Car rental in South AfricaEasy, effortless and safe car rental where every cost is included, no hidden fees and free cancellations and amendments up to 24-48 hours before you are supposed to pick up the car. We have an easy and safe booking of rental cars online. At you can search for cars at and in the most popular cities, train stations, ferry terminals and airports in South Africa.

At our website, you can compare prices on rental cars and car rental from several companies in all cities in South Africa. Find the best prices for rental cars online. Search for and book a cheap car in cities such as, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Tembisa, East London, Vereeniging. We only list prices of rental cars from companies that are safe and quality assured so that there will not be any problems when you arrive.

South Africa facts

South Africa (Republic of South Africa) has approximately 49,000,000 inhabitants and is located in Africa. Total surface/area 1,219,912 km² / 471,011 mi². South Africa is the 25th largest country when it comes to inhabitants and the 26th largest regarding the surface in the world. The 5th largest country when it comes to inhabitants and the 9th largest regarding the surface in Africa. The largest regions/states/counties are KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Orange Free State and Northern Cape from a total of nine. Alternative names are iSewula Afrika, iNingizimu Afrika, Union of South Africa, Riphabuliki ya Afurika Tshipembe, IRiphabliki yaseNingizimu Afrika, iRiphabhuliki yase Ningizimu Afrika, Afurika Tshipembe, Republic of South Africa, iRiphabliki ye Sewula Afrika. The capital is Pretoria where about 1,619,400 people live. Top five highest mountains are Mafadi (3450 m / 11,319 ft), Njesuthi (3408 m / 11,181 ft), Popple Peak (3331 m / 10,928 ft), Giant’s Castle (3315 m / 10,876 ft) and Cathedral Peak (3004 m / 9,856 ft). Has neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho. Is it included in the price to cross national borders? Usually not, the car rental company may charge a fee to cross national borders to Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho. All additional costs are paid directly at the rental desk in the local currency, Rand (ZAR). It is stated in the rental terms and during the booking whether it is allowed to cross national borders and to which countries. The official currency is Rand (ZAR) and is used to pay your purchases with. Suggestions on places, attractions, museums that could be worth a visit during your trip to South Africa. Weather and maps of the country, cities etc. +27 is the country code when you want to make a phone call to the country. Websites mostly have the top domain .za. English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda, South Ndebele are languages used in the country. Top five largest cities are Cape Town (c. 3433400 pop), Durban (c. 3120300 pop), Johannesburg (c. 2026500 pop), Soweto (c. 1695000 pop), Pretoria (c. 1619400 pop).

South Africa tourist attractions & activities

Water parks, amusement parks or theme parks you can go to are for example Zip Zap Circus School, Ratanga Junction and Cool Runnings. Looking for activities and experiences with the kids? Tropical houses, tropicarium, zoo, animal parks, aquarium and terrarium are Big Cat Park, Monkey Town, Drakenstein Lion Park, Tygerberg Zoo, Cheetah Outreach, Fynbos Guest Farm, Giraffe House and World of Birds. Looking at exotic animals? Mont Blois, Wolfkloof Wines, Kranskop Winery, Buitehof, Major’s Hill Wine Estate, Rietvallei, Graham Beck Wines and Springfield are examples of wine producers and vineyards. A day for wine tasting in South Africa?

Cheap car rental with unlimited mileage in South Africa

There are many different models and sizes of cars to choose from. Fleet list in South Africa: Small SUV, Fullsize cars (Fullsize), Minivan, Luxury elite, Small-medium truck-lorry (Small-medium truck), Fullsize elite, Hybrid cars, Special cars (Special), Intermediate, Economy cars (Economy), 7 seater minivan (7 seat minivan), Intermediate elite, Mini elite, 9 seater minivan / Minibus (9 seat minivan), Electric cars, Luxury cars (Luxury), Convertible, Compact cars (Compact), Exotic cars (Exotic), Compact elite, Mini cars (Mini), Economy elite, 5 seater minivan (5 seat minivan), Moped, Cargo van, Estate, Premium cars (Premium), SUV / Jeep (SUV), Large truck-lorry (Large truck), Standard cars (Standard), Medium SUV. Big cities and popular destinations have more car types to choose from. If you want to rent a luxury car then search at the major airports and the most popular destinations in the major regions such as KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Orange Free State and Northern Cape etc. It can also be harder to find and book special cars during peak season, if you do not search well in advance, before you need your rental car.

Cars you can rent in South Africa are e.g. 5 seater minivan: e.g. Citroen C4 Picasso, Dacia Lodgy, Dacia Dokker, Toyota Avanza, Small SUV, etc. 7 seater minivan: e.g. Kia Carnival, Volkswagen Touran, Toyota Avanza, etc. SUV / Jeep: e.g. Toyota Rav4, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Landcruiser, Hyundai iX35, Luxury elite, Medium SUV, Electric cars, Hybrid cars, Small-medium truck-lorry, Large truck-lorry, etc. Estate: e.g. Toyota Corolla Estate, etc. Economy cars: e.g. Nissan Micra, Citroen C3, Mini One, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo, Intermediate elite, etc. Fullsize cars: e.g. BMW 3 Series, Moped, etc. Standard cars: e.g. Toyota Avensis, Special cars, etc. 9 seater minivan / Minibus: e.g. Toyota Minibus, Volkswagen Caravelle, etc. Compact cars: e.g. Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Tiida, etc. Convertible: e.g. Fiat 500 Convertible, Peugeot 308 Convertible, etc. Intermediate: e.g. Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4WD, Honda Accord, Compact elite, etc. Exotic cars: e.g. Mercedes S Class, Dodge Journey, etc. Minivan: e.g. Toyota Avanza, Volkswagen Kombi, Volkswagen T5, Toyota Quantum, Economy elite, etc. Mini cars: e.g. Citroen C1, Kia Picanto, Fullsize elite, etc. Luxury cars: e.g. Mercedes E Class, Jaguar XF, etc. Premium cars: e.g. Volvo S60, Mercedes C Class, Mercedes E Class, Audi A6, etc. Cargo van: e.g. Iveco Koffer 14 Tonne, Toyota Hilux Single Cab, Ford Ranger, Nissan Double Cab, Mini elite, etc. However, in smaller cities and on islands like Robben Island, Woody Island, Witkopeiland, Witklipeiland, Watervaleiland, Vlameiland, Uitvaleiland, Tierhokeiland, Thesen’s Island, Swartkopeiland, Stag Island, Skanskopeiland, Seal Island, Seal Island, Sandkopeiland, Saint Croix Island, Rooikopeiland, Rondemuiseiland, Renosterkopeiland, Rameiland, Rameiland, Pokkies Eiland, Perde-eiland, Perde-eiland and Pelican Island etc, the range is smaller.

Traffic regulations and car driving

Renting and driving a car is usually easy and effortless, but as in all countries there are many traffic regulations in South Africa you must follow. If you are going to visit and drive in large cities such as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Tembisa, East London, Vereeniging, prepare yourself for a lot of traffic, especially in rush hour and that it is sometimes difficult to find parking. Try to memorize the most common parking and traffic regulations before you leave to ensure that your car trip is safe, and to avoid trouble with the police.

Tips and advice when looking for a rental car in South Africa

How do you find the cheapest rental car in South Africa? Book your car online, it is cheaper, easier and saves time. Book as early as possible, it becomes more expensive the closer you get to your trip. Book before you leave, especially if you are going to collect your car at an airport, such as Cape Town International Airport, Durban King Shaka La Mercy Airport, Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo Jan Smuts Airport, Wonderboom Pretoria Airport, Port Elizabeth H. F. Verwoerd Airport, Pieter Maritzburg Airport, Virginia Durban Airport, East London Airport, Bloemfontein Bram Fischer Airport and Newcastle KwaZulu-Natal Airport. When you are searching with us you will find the best prices. We compare, for example, these companies in South Africa: Keddy By Europcar, Thrifty, Dollar, Comet Car, First Car Rental, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Sixt, Hertz, Firefly, Europcar, Bidvest, Woodford Exclusive Rentals, Cabs Car Hire, Tempest.

Destinations in South Africa

Compare car rental in regions such as: Car Rental KwaZulu-Natal, Compare Rental Cars Gauteng, Car Rental Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Orange Free State and Northern Cape. Compare rental cars and renting of a vehicle from several companies in South Africa. Car rental in towns such as: Rental Cars Cape Town, Rent a Car Durban, Cheap Car Rental Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Tembisa, East London, Vereeniging, Bloemfontein, Boksburg, Welkom, Newcastle, Krugersdorp, Diepsloot, Randburg, Botshabelo and Brakpan. Compare long-term rental for one day, one year, a whole month, week, weekend, or for as many days as you wish in South Africa. Car rental in airports such as: Car Rental Cape Town Airport, Car Hire Durban-King Shaka Airport, Rental Cars Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, Wonderboom Airport, Port Elizabeth Airport, Pieter Maritzburg Airport, Virginia Airport, East London Airport, Bram Fischer-Bloemfontein Airport, Newcastle Airport, Lanseria Airport, Richards Bay Airport, Klerksdorp Airport, Grand Central Airport, Vryheid Airport, Rand Johannesburg Airport, Kimberly Airport, Polokwane Airport, Nelspruit Airport and Phalaborwa Airport.

Frequently asked questions about car rental & renting a car in South Africa

Are there extra charges for drop-off at a different location in South Africa?

Yes, in most cases the car rental agent will charge an extra fee if you wish to return the vehicle at a different location. We will clearly state whether the one-way fee is included in the rental price or what additional cost may arise at the time of booking.

What are the most popular car rental locations in South Africa?

Based on searches on, the most popular cities to rent a car in South Africa are Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Tembisa, East London, Vereeniging, Bloemfontein, Boksburg, Welkom and Newcastle.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in South Africa?

Most car rental agents have a minimum age limit of 21 years for rentals. However, requirements may vary depending on the car rental agent and destination country. Please note that there may be additional charges if the main driver is under 25 or over 75 years old to cover the extra insurance cost. Any additional fee will be mentioned at the time of booking under summary of charges before you confirm the reservation.

What is the best rental car company in South Africa?

Based on ratings and reviews on, the best car rental companies in South Africa are Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Sixt.

What is the cheapest car rental company in South Africa?

In the past 14 days, the cheapest rental cars were found on at Woodford Exclusive Rentals, Comet Car, Cabs Car Hire, Tempest, First Car Rental, Bidvest, Firefly and Keddy By Europcar.

Which costs are included in the rental price?

In the majority of cases the rental price includes collision damage waiver, third party liability protection, tax, airport fee, unlimited mileage and breakdown assistance. Please note that the costs included may vary depending on the car rental agent and destination. The car rental agent may also choose to ask you for a deposit or excess at the rental desk in South Africa. Make sure to check the rental conditions at the time of booking.

Which documents do I need to bring to the rental desk in South Africa?

The rental voucher we will send you as part of the booking confirmation contains all documents required at the time of pick-up in South Africa. In most cases, in order to release the reserved vehicle, you need to bring: Credit card in the name of the driver. Credit cards accepted for pick-up are MasterCard, Visa, and in some cases, American Express. Please consult your Booking Confirmation for list of accepted Credit Cards. Driving licence. Please note that only a full licence held for minimum of 1 year with no major endorsements will be accepted. Read more about requirements for driving licence. Booking voucher. This will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking and must be printed out. Any other forms of identification requested by the car rental agent in their terms and conditions. Details can be found on your rental voucher.

How can I find car rentals near me in South Africa?

Do a search for the city, island or airport closest to you in South Africa. A search for country or e.g. island in South Africa lists the largest airports. Then take a look at our map of car rental companies to find the best rental cars near you.

Where can I purchase car rental insurance in South Africa?

We recommend purchasing the damage refund insurance at the time of booking. Our insurance partners offer a complete damage refund insurance package which is up to 50% cheaper than what you would pay at the rental supplier’s desk. The insurance cost and conditions will be displayed at the time of booking.

Which additional charges could apply?

Please note that each car rental agent in South Africa has its own policy on additional charges which will be clearly stated in the rental conditions at the time of booking. Generally, additional charges may be applied for: out-of-hours pick-up/drop-off, border crossing, one-way rentals, young drivers or senior drivers and winter tyres. Any additional charges will need to be paid directly at the rental desk in the local currency.

Can I book without a credit card in South Africa?

Yes. You can make a booking without a credit card. Note that, even if you choose to pay by debit card, you will have to provide a valid credit card in the driver’s name at the time of pick-up since the rental agent requires a credit card from which to take the rental deposit. Credit cards accepted for pick-up are MasterCard, Visa, and in some cases American Express.

How much do you charge for excess in South Africa?

The excess amount depends on the car rental agent and the rented vehicle and it will be refunded within 10-28 days after the rental if there has been no damage. Cartrawler offer damage refund insurance in association with our insurance partners, which will allow you to claim for reimbursement in the event that you have been charged for collision damage or theft. This damage refund insurance can be purchased at the time of booking.

Which optional extras are available in South Africa?

The availability of optional extras depends on the car rental agent and even if they are booked online they are not guaranteed. The following extras can be booked online: Additional driver, Booster seat, Child toddler seat, Infant child seat, GPS – Satellite Navigational System, Ski Rack, Snow Chain Set, Snow Tyres, Wi-Fi Access, Luggage / Roof Rack. Please note that most of the optional extras are not included in the rental price and can be purchased at the time of booking or at the rental desk in South Africa. The cost of the optional extras are displayed at time of booking in the Rental Conditions.

Car rental companies we compare in South Africa

Sixt, Hertz, Woodford Exclusive Rentals, Alamo, Keddy By Europcar, Thrifty, Comet Car, Europcar, Tempest, Budget, Avis, First Car Rental, Bidvest, Firefly, Cabs Car Hire and Dollar are the companies that compares in South Africa.

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