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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Car hire insight and trends in South Africa

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What is the cheapest car hire agency in South Africa?

First Car is the most affordable car hire agency in South Africa, with prices found for as low as £8 per day in some areas of the country. Comparatively, the average price to rent a car in South Africa is £29 per day.

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

According to our data, Hertz is the most popular car hire company in South Africa. In the past month, 29% of users selected Hertz for their rental car needs. 49 of our users have reviewed their experience with Hertz during their stay in South Africa, giving the agency an average review of 6.9 out of 10.

What car hire company in South Africa has the most locations?

keddy by Europcar has the most car hire locations across South Africa. The company has 132 locations, many of which can be found in airports and city centres. keddy by Europcar tends to have locations in the top must-see cities across South Africa. Johannesburg, for example, has 9 keddy by Europcar locations.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in South Africa?

The most popular type of car to hire in South Africa is a Mini. 30% of our users also chose this type of car for their travels to South Africa. If a Mini fits your needs during your stay, then you can expect to pay around £18 per day for your rental. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on what city you visit and what car hire company you choose.

Best deals found for South Africa car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in South Africa
Kia Picanto
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£10/day

14 Apr - 18 May
Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£10/day

21 Mar - 21 May
Kia Rio
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

16 Mar - 20 Apr
Hyundai i10
Toyota Aygo
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

5 Mar - 15 Apr
Toyota Aygo
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

4 Mar - 25 Apr
Hyundai i10
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

11 Mar - 27 Mar
Ford Ka
Kia Picanto
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

6 Mar - 16 Apr
Kia Picanto
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

9 Apr - 22 Apr
Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£12/day

31 Mar - 1 May
Hyundai i10

South Africa car hire information

Does South Africa have any unique traffic laws?

South Africa’s driving laws are generally similar to those of the UK and many European countries. For example, it is illegal to drive without wearing a seat belt or while under the influence of alcohol in South Africa. However, there are one or two unique elements that foreign drivers should be aware of when they take their rental cars out on the road. One important rule regards crossing traffic lanes at four-way intersections. Although the traditional right of way rules apply at most junctions, there is no right of way in operation at some four-way intersections in South Africa. Instead, drivers must give way to any traffic that reaches the intersection before them. These junctions are not specifically signposted or identified as different from others in any way, so drivers must be prepared for this. You should always approach four-way intersections with care if you choose a South African car hire during your trip.

What are the legal and documentation requirements for renting a car in South Africa?

To get a rental car in South Africa, you will need a valid driver’s licence and a valid passport. You must also have held your driving licence for at least one year and be 18 or older to hire a vehicle. If you have an English driving licence, you can use this as documentation while driving hire cars. However, if you are not a British citizen and do not have a British licence, you will need to get an International Driver’s Permit to drive in South Africa legally. You should keep these documents, as well as your national licence, in the car with you when you drive. It is also a good idea to have comprehensive driver’s insurance when you rent a car in South Africa. Although many car hire companies will provide some built-in insurance, they don't always cover incidents such as theft or collision with other drivers who are not fully insured.

Which areas of South Africa have the most traffic?

If you’re staying in a large city, like Cape Town or Johannesburg in South Africa, you will find that the roads are often busy and congested even outside of rush hour. Although hire cars are a great way to explore the beautiful scenery around the cities, it can sometimes be easier to use public transport while moving around the city centres. For example, if you stay in Cape Town, you will find that the city has a bustling network of rideshare services and a well-maintained bus network. If you do choose to drive your rental car in the city, it is a good idea to keep your windows rolled up, especially while in slow-moving traffic and at traffic lights. This will deter others from approaching your car and can prevent theft. You should also watch out for pedestrians and livestock navigating city roads and walking between traffic streams.

What are the best scenic roads in South Africa?

Besides bustling cities, South Africa also has some beautiful drives with spectacular views. One popular scenic route in South Africa is Chapman’s Peak, located in the Western Cape. This stunning cliff-side road winds its way along the South Atlantic coast and is an amazing place to take in the sunset. Visitors should be aware that Chapman’s Peak is a toll road, so you will have to pay a small fee to drive there. Although the scenery along the road feels very remote and wild, Chapman’s Peak is close to plenty of great places to eat and stop for fuel. The route is just a brief drive from Hout Bay, where visitors can enjoy seaside snacks and refuel at the Shell station on the M6. If you are looking for scenic drives further inland, the Swartberg Pass is also a must-see. The Pass is around a two-hour drive from George, where visitors can buy fuel. Cheap car rentals are a great way to enjoy these scenic spots.


South Africa car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in South Africa that's right for you

Small cars

£19 - £25

All Car Types

£39 - £56

The average price of a small car hire in South Africa is £21. The cheapest time to hire a small car in South Africa is in February. The price is 14% lower than the rest of the year at just £19 per day. A small car rental is typically 53% less expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for South Africa small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in South Africa is £39. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in South Africa is in May. The price is 13% lower than the rest of the year at just £35 per day. A medium car rental is typically 14% less expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for South Africa medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in South Africa is £76. The cheapest time to hire a large car in South Africa is in April. The price is 10% lower than the rest of the year at just £69 per day. A large car rental is typically 40% more expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in South Africa is £50. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in South Africa is in May. The price is 16% lower than the rest of the year at just £42 per day. A SUV rental is typically 8% more expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for South Africa SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in South Africa is £56. The cheapest time to hire a van in South Africa is in June. The price is 15% lower than the rest of the year at just £48 per day. A van rental is typically 18% more expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a pickup truck hire in South Africa is £62. The cheapest time to hire a pickup truck in South Africa is in December. The price is 13% lower than the rest of the year at just £55 per day. A pickup truck rental is typically 27% more expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a luxury car hire in South Africa is £103. The cheapest time to hire a luxury car in South Africa is in August. The price is 20% lower than the rest of the year at just £84 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 56% more expensive than the average rental car in South Africa. The average price of a car hire in South Africa can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Kia Picanto
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£10/day

14 Apr - 18 May
Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£10/day

21 Mar - 21 May
Kia Rio
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£11/day

16 Mar - 20 Apr
Hyundai i10

South Africa car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in South Africa

keddy by Europcar

132 locations

Avis

106 locations

Bluu

101 locations

Bidvest

100 locations

Budget

94 locations

Europcar

74 locations

Sunnycars

74 locations

1First Car Rental

73 locations

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in South Africa

Nearby attractions:

Emperors Palace Casino1.2 mi
Nelson Mandela Square11.4 mi
Sandton Convention Centre11.5 mi
Montecasino15.8 mi

Nearby attractions:

Newlands Cricket Ground7.7 mi
Cape Town International Convention Centre10.8 mi
Camps Bay Beach13.0 mi
Sea Point Pavilion13.1 mi
Clifton Beaches13.2 mi

Nearby attractions:

Umhlanga Lighthouse8.5 mi
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World16.6 mi
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead17.7 mi
South Beach17.7 mi
Durban City Hall and Natural Science Museum18.2 mi

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in South Africa

Below are the most popular hotels in South Africa
City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

Above Multi-Storey Parkade 2, Level 5, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

1.9 mi from city centre

Taj Cape Town

Taj Cape Town

1 Wale Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1.4 mi from city centre

The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

PO Box 308, Sun City Resort, North-West, South Africa

0.5 mi from city centre

The Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel

Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

2.1 mi from city centre

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Corner Century Boulevard & Rialto Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

4.3 mi from city centre

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

Dockrail Road, Foreshore, 1, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1.4 mi from city centre

Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, An IHG Hotel

Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport, An IHG Hotel

Opposite Int'l Arrivals Hall, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

1.7 mi from city centre

Premier Hotel Or Tambo

Premier Hotel Or Tambo

73 Gladiator Street, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

1.0 mi from city centre

Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

Kempton Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

12.3 mi from city centre

The Rockefeller Hotel By Newmark

The Rockefeller Hotel By Newmark

12 Christiaan Barnard St, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

0.7 mi from city centre

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

100 Beach Rd, Granger Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

2.6 mi from city centre

President Hotel

President Hotel

4 Alexander Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

3.7 mi from city centre

Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport

Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport

15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

9.1 mi from city centre

The Cabanas Hotel at Sun City Resort

The Cabanas Hotel at Sun City Resort

Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg, P O Box 3, Sun City Resort, North-West, South Africa

0.3 mi from city centre

Pepperclub Hotel

Pepperclub Hotel

Cnr Loop And Pepper Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1.6 mi from city centre

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

101 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1.6 mi from city centre

Hyatt Regency Cape Town

Hyatt Regency Cape Town

126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1.6 mi from city centre

Victoria & Alfred Hotel By Newmark

Victoria & Alfred Hotel By Newmark

On The Waterfront Pierhead, PO Box 50553, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

2.0 mi from city centre


Car hire in South Africa

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in South Africa so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

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

People drive on the left in South Africa. If you are travelling to South Africa from a country that drives on the opposite side of the road, then this may take some getting used to, especially if you intend to hire a car during your stay.

How good are the roads in South Africa?

South Africa has a road quality score of 5 on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is the lowest rated score. This puts South Africa at 34 out of 137 countries for road conditions. You may find that depending on where you travel within South Africa that the road quality will vary.

What is the drink driving limit in South Africa?

The drinking and driving limit in South Africa is 2.38 mg/l. Regions and cities within South Africa might have their own local drinking and driving laws on top of the country-wide mandated law, so be sure to check before booking your car hire. Note that the legal drinking age in South Africa is 18. Steeper penalties will be given to those driving a vehicle who are under the legal drinking age.

How much does petrol cost in South Africa?

On average, you can expect to pay £0.96 per litre for petrol in South Africa. Keep in mind that this is last week’s national average price and petrol prices may vary across the country. If you change your mind about hiring a car in South Africa, Kuwait has some of the lowest petrol prices in the world at £0.27 per litre as of last week. Hong Kong, in comparison, has on average the most expensive prices at £2.47 per litre but is still a great option for those looking to rent a car.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in South Africa?

Prices for cars in South Africa are updated daily.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in South Africa?

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

Among different countries, including South Africa, the minimum age for drivers varies. In numerous EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. To hire a car overseas, you'll generally need to be at least 21, and if you're under 25, a young driver surcharge may be imposed. It's recommended that you review the policy of the rental company you're considering before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in South Africa?

All drivers must have a valid full driving license when renting a car in South Africa. If the license is written in a different language from the country of rental, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're renting a car overseas, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. It is always advisable to check with the individual rental company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in South Africa?

Choosing momondo to search for car hire in South Africa makes sense because it is quick and free of charge. We find all the rental car hire prices and policies, you simply choose what works best for you and your trip.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in South Africa?

momondo makes it easier for you to find great car hire in South Africa, by allowing you to refine your search with numerous filtering options. You can narrow your selection by looking at price, car type, location and more.

Does momondo show car hire deals in South Africa with free cancellation?

Yes, whether it is for cars in South Africa or elsewhere, momondo allows you to filter specifically for policies that offer free cancellation.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in South Africa on momondo?

Yes, fair fuel policies are a specific filter offered on momondo for all car hire locations including South Africa.

Can I find a car hire in South Africa which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, momondo can show you specific deals which include enhanced cleaning on car hire in South Africa.

Can I search for car hire in South Africa with unlimited mileage on momondo?

momondo offers a filter specifically for unlimited mileage on car hire in South Africa.


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