Renting a car for your road trip is an excellent way to discover the natural beauty of South Africa. Explore unspoiled beaches, marvelous mountains, coastal wonders, and incredible wildlife. In a rental car, you can see it all while traveling at your own pace and convenience.

Available Rental Options

Drive South Africa offers a wide range of affordable rental cars in South Africa with flexible rental options. Get the keys to popular SA rental vehicles like the Toyota Corolla Quest, VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go, and Toyota Quantum 10-Seater Minibus. Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you get behind the wheel of your perfect rental car.

Benefits of Renting a Vehicle in South Africa

Experience freedom, flexibility, and convenience when you rent a car in South Africa. It’s the easiest way to explore at your own pace and discover everything this amazing country has to offer. Looking for car hire in another African country? We offer car rental in Namibia and car hire in Botswana too.

How it works:

  • Book your car online and await confirmation from one of our agents.
  • Provide documents such as your passport, voucher, driver’s licenses, and the main driver’s credit card.
  • Familiarize yourself with our specific terms and requirements, as they may vary regarding additional ID, accepted payment methods, and driver’s license validity.

Useful tips:

  • Remember to drive on the left side of the road.
  • Pay attention to posted speed limits
  • Drive with your headlights on during reduced visibility.
  • Parking options include metered street parking, public lots, and shopping center garages.
  • Popular attractions in South Africa to visit in your hired car include the iconic Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, the Cape Winelands, and the scenic Garden Route.

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

Choosing the best time to visit South Africa all comes down to what kind of activities you’re after. If your dream is to spot the Big Five in the Kruger National Park, it’s best to visit during the dry winter months of May to September. Renting a 4×4 or car for the Kruger National Park gives you the freedom to take control of your own safari and make unforgettable and thrilling memories.

If you’re after a beach holiday, the best time to visit South Africa would be during the summer months, from December to February. With your own rented car, you’ll be able to explore the dozens of beautiful beaches all along South Africa’s unspoiled coastline.

If you’re looking for a road trip, you can’t go wrong with an epic Garden Route self-drive experience. Online car rental with Drive South Africa makes it simple and easy to book your rental car at the best price and explore the whole country on your own schedule without having to rely on public transport. Go where you want to go when you want to go with Drive South Africa.

Top South African Rental Locations

Cape Town, South Africa

From world-class beaches and hiking to rolling vineyards, top-notch restaurants, shopping, cultural sites, and museums, Cape Town has something for everyone. Car rental in Cape Town is the best way to explore all of these attractions, and with Drive South Africa, it’s easy to compare thousands of rental vehicles and get the best prices on car rental.

Rent a 4×4 in Cape Town to explore the many trails not far from the city. If you’re flying into Cape Town, Drive South Africa makes it easy to rent a car at Cape Town International Airport, and you’re guaranteed to get the best deal on car rental with thousands of options to compare and choose from.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is South Africa’s financial hub and the second-largest city in Africa. Situated as it is in the north of South Africa, it’s an excellent base from which to explore the country’s more remote wilderness areas. The city boasts the world’s largest man-made forest and is home to the eclectic township of Soweto. With Drive South Africa, it’s easy to rent a car in Johannesburg from thousands of available options and always get the best value for money.

Durban, South Africa

Durban enjoys warm weather all year round and is an excellent base if you’re keen on exploring the KwaZulu Natal region. Take a stroll along the Golden Mile, head out to a game reserve or grab your board and hit the waves. Not to be missed is uShaka Marine World, the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere. Drive South Africa makes it simple to compare thousands of cars, book your rental car in Durban. With our excellent customer service and knowledgeable staff, you’ll be on the road in no time at all.

Getting Around South Africa

Public transport in South Africa can’t compare to renting a car and enjoying the freedom of the open road. Choose your destinations, set your schedule, and grab the wheel – adventure is waiting just around the corner. South Africa can’t be beaten for its sheer diversity of beautiful sights and interesting locations.

How long should you stay in South Africa?

We’d recommend at least two weeks to make the most of your trip to South Africa. This will give you ample time to explore the coastline and also head inland to the wildlife areas where you can spot the Big Five. Drive South Africa makes it quick and easy to compare thousands of rental vehicles online. Get a great deal when you book a rental car in South Africa and get the backup of excellent customer service at the same time. Take your pick from our extensive choice of sedans, compact cars, luxury vehicles, 4x4s, and camper vans, and hit the road to your next adventure.

What to Pack for South Africa

South African summers are hot, so pack light clothing, plenty of sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the scorching sun. Winters are cold and wet, so pack warm clothing and a raincoat or rainproof jacket, a beanie, and gloves.

Where to stay in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Known locally as the Mother City, Cape Town is packed with activities no matter the weather. Spend your days on any of the gorgeous beaches, go hiking in the mountains, visit the museums, take a day trip out to the winelands, then tuck into excellent cuisine at a choice of world-class restaurants.

Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg really is the place to be if you enjoy upmarket sophistication and local culture. Take your pick from the city’s incredible restaurants, browse art in its museums, or head out into the bush for some wildlife spotting – it’s only a few hours outside of the city.

Book Your Vehicle Today

Explore the incredible sights and sounds of South Africa in a rental car from Drive South Africa. It’s the most convenient way to discover the diverse wonders of the country. From world-class restaurants and bustling nightlife to gorgeous landscapes and amazing natural attractions, you’ll relish the comfort and freedom of being able to go wherever and whenever you want to!

Other Rental Options

Looking for alternative vehicle rental options? Have a look at the 4×4 rental options, camper rentals, and luxury vehicles.

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