Start your East London journey smoothly with our car hire service at East London Airport. Renting a car from the airport allows you to explore the city and its stunning surroundings with ease. Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, our vehicles offer the flexibility you need, allowing you to explore the Eastern Cape on your own schedule.

Secure the best car hire options and rates at East London Airport by contacting us today. Begin your East London adventure right from the airport.

Our Fleet at East London Airport

Our East London Airport fleet provides a variety of vehicles to suit the needs of both business and leisure travellers. Compact cars like the Hyundai Accent are perfect for city driving, while our SUVs offer ample space and comfort for family trips and longer journeys. Renting a vehicle at East London Airport allows you to explore the region’s attractions, such as the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve and the Nahoon Beach, right from the moment you land. Each vehicle in our East London Airport fleet is meticulously maintained and equipped with modern features to ensure your driving experience is exceptional.

Top 5 Places to Visit Near East London Airport

East London is famous for its stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage. Here are the top 5 destinations you should explore during your stay:

Nahoon Beach

  • Overview: Known for excellent surfing conditions and beautiful scenery.
  • Route: Head northeast on the R72.
  • Distance: About 15 km.
  • Highlights: Surfing, swimming, and the scenic Nahoon Reef, a favorite among surfers for its impressive waves.

East London Museum

  • Overview: This museum showcases the region’s natural and cultural history.
  • Route: Drive west on the R72 towards the city center.
  • Distance: Around 10 km.
  • Highlights: Exhibits on local history, including the coelacanth fish and Xhosa cultural artifacts.

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve

  • Overview: Experience close encounters with Africa’s Big Five and diverse wildlife.
  • Route: Head north on the N2.
  • Distance: Approximately 35 km.
  • Highlights: Guided game drives, wildlife viewing, and exploring the Eastern Cape’s unique ecosystems.

Gonubie Beach

  • Overview: A family-friendly beach with a boardwalk and tidal pools.
  • Route: Take the R102 northeast.
  • Distance: About 25 km.
  • Highlights: Walk along the boardwalk, enjoy swimming, and explore tidal pools. It’s perfect for a relaxing day by the ocean.

Amatola Mountains

  • Overview: Stunning mountain range offering hiking trails and breathtaking views.
  • Route: Take the N2 north towards King William’s Town.
  • Distance: Roughly 100 km.
  • Highlights: Hiking, waterfalls, and exploring indigenous forests. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Five Things Every Traveller Needs to Know About East London Airport


  • The official currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). ATMs and currency exchange counters are available at the airport. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller purchases and tips.


  • While South Africa has 11 official languages, English is predominantly spoken and understood at the airport. Signage is in English, making it easy for international travellers to navigate. Staff at the airport are also multilingual, with Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa commonly spoken.

Safety and Security:

  • The airport maintains high safety and security standards. Ensure that you keep your belongings secure, avoid leaving luggage unattended, and follow security protocols. It’s also recommended to have travel insurance for any unexpected medical emergencies during your trip.

By being aware of these key aspects, your arrival and departure from East London Airport will be smooth and hassle-free, setting the stage for a great visit to the Eastern Cape.

Navigating Around East London

Renting a car gives you the freedom to discover East London and its attractions. Here are some tips:

  • Traffic: Generally light, but plan trips during non-peak hours for a smoother experience.
  • Fuel: Numerous petrol stations are available throughout East London. Ensure your tank is full before exploring more remote areas.
  • Safety: Always lock your vehicle and avoid leaving valuables in sight. Stick to well-traveled roads and be cautious in unfamiliar areas.
  • Navigation: Use GPS or mobile apps for accurate directions and real-time traffic updates.

Assistance for Rental Vehicle Issues

If you experience any problems with your rental vehicle, Drive South Africa is here to help:

Contact Us:

Types of Issues:

  • Mechanical Problems: Our team will assist with roadside assistance or replacement vehicles.
  • Accidents: Ensure your safety, contact emergency services if necessary, then inform us for further assistance.
  • Breakdowns: 24/7 roadside assistance will help get you back on the road quickly.

Website Resources:

  • For troubleshooting and emergency contacts, check the Help section on our website.

Our Promise:

  • We provide 24/7 support to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible, addressing any issues promptly.

Emergency Numbers for Travellers

Keep these numbers handy during your stay in East London:

  • General Emergencies: 112 (for police, fire, and medical services)
  • Police: 10111 (to report crimes or for assistance)
  • Ambulance Services: 10177 (for urgent medical needs)
  • Netcare 911: 082 911
  • Life St Dominic’s Hospital: +27 43 709 2111
  • Beacon Bay Hospital: +27 43 748 5200

Being prepared with this information ensures a safe and enjoyable visit to East London. With a rental car from Drive South Africa, you can fully enjoy the coastal beauty and vibrant culture of this charming city.

How to Book Your East London Airport Car Rental Online

Arriving in East London? Drive South Africa makes booking a car rental at East London Airport simple and hassle-free. Our streamlined online process ensures you get the perfect vehicle for your needs. Follow these steps to secure your ride:

Step 1: Select Your Vehicle and Dates

Choose your vehicle type based on your needs and enter your pick-up and drop-off locations at East London Airport, along with the dates and times for your rental period. Check vehicle availability for your specified dates.

Step 2: Customise Your Rental

Review available options and select any additional features or services you may need, such as GPS navigation, child seats, additional drivers, or insurance coverage. Understand the terms and conditions, including mileage limits, fuel policies, and any extra fees.

Step 3: Provide Personal and Payment Information

Enter your personal details, including your name, contact information, and driving licence details. Then, input your payment information to secure the booking. Most rental companies require a credit card for reservations. Double-check all information to avoid mistakes.

Step 4: Confirm and Review Your Booking

Review all details to ensure accuracy, including the vehicle type, rental period, pick-up and drop-off locations, and total cost. Once confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation via email. Keep this confirmation handy for picking up your rental vehicle.

By following these steps, you can easily book a rental vehicle online and enjoy a smooth rental experience with Drive South Africa.

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