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Hiring a car in South Africa

Jump on a plane, book car hire South Africa and experience this amazing country for yourself. Tackle Table Mountain, spring bok in time to the Zulu battlefields or soak up the sun on Durban's beaches. Carhire is the best way to see it all. Book cheap car hire in South Africa now for that ultimate Africaan experience.

60-second guide to South Africa

In its own head...

South Africa is the most beautiful country in the world, everyone should come here.

...but more realistically

In reality it’s actually difficult to argue with this statement. South Africa has a unique, electric atmosphere combined with a landscape that is unbelievably easy on the eye plus an abundance of marine and wildlife. However, we wouldn’t recommend that everyone go; we’re good, but we don’t have enough hire cars for that.

The vibe

There is an underlying, constant atmosphere of fun here. Whether it be dancing, singing or playing a plastic drum on the street, you cannot help but get involved.

The natives

Expect a broad smile and a warm welcome wherever you go, South Africa is proud of itself and happy to show off.

The weather

Due to its position in the southern hemisphere, South Africa experiences its warmest weather between October and February, so if you’ve ever wanted to spend Christmas day on the beach, this is a perfect place to do it. Even during the winter, daytime temperatures remain warm, but you’ll need extra layers at night. Whatever time of year you visit, take sunblock.

The local speciality

If anyone invites you for a braai (bry) meaning barbeque, or potjiekos (poykey), meaning stew, go. These dishes have been part of South African cuisine for centuries and involve slow cooking meats and spices over coals on a grill, or in a cauldron over a fire. Inside you’re likely to find any combination of crocodile, kudu, ostrich, yellowfin tuna, calamari, or root vegetables. Unbelievably good food you cannot recreate at home.

They say...

Our people are ready to show you our country’s natural wonders, draw you into the rhythm and soul of Africa, give you close encounters with our regal wildlife and take you on an unforgettable journey through our ancient and recent past - South Africa Tourism

Top destinations

car hire in Durban

Durban. Home to the Valley of a thousand hills. Book car hire in Durban and head off exploring at your own pace. For an adrenaline rush, drive to the Drakensberg Mountains, its sheer rock faces will have your heart pumping big time. Not got a head for heights? Book cehap car hire in South Africa and head to uShaka Marine World, Durban's answer to Florida's Wet n Wild.

Top driving tip

Pay attention when arriving at junctions, the first car to arrive has right of way.

Durban

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car hire in Town

The Mother City, has it all. Hire a car and make sure you see everything. Cape Town is Great White territory, drive down to one of its beaches for a spot of shark cage diving. Not a fan of Jaws? Try your hand at kloofing on Table Mountain instead.

Top driving tip

Make sure you carry cash when driving, petrol stations do not accept credit cards.

Town

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car hire in Johannesburg

Book cheap car hire in Johannesburg and explore South Africa's bustling metropolis for yourself. No trip to Johannesburg is complete without a visit to the Kruger National Park. Don't forget the binoculors now! After all that heat of the bush relax in a warm bath in the town of Warmbaths, about an hour's drive north of Johannesburg in the hire car.

Top driving tip

When stopping at traffic lights or at intersections lock your doors and keep your windows up.

Johannesburg

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car hire in Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth has more game reserves than you can shake a stick at. Take your South African hire car for a drive along the famous Garden Route and explore the Eastern Cape. Drive out of town to the Addo Elephant National Park for a super exciting day out. Swap your rental car for a surf board at the watersports capital of South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay.

Top driving tip

Robot is the South African term for traffic lights.

Elizabeth

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