Car Rental Cape Town, South Africa

Renting a car in Cape Town is essential to see the wonders of the city for any budget, with its towering Table Mountain always looking over the city like a peaceful giant. World-class beaches, well-kept wine farms not far in areas such as Stellenbosch, and proximity to other worthy destinations such as the Garden Route and the wild West Coast have kept tourists coming back. It’s no wonder Cape Town keeps getting praise for being one of the best tourist destinations in Africa if not the world. With so much to do and see in the mother city, it’s almost impossible to take it all in without a car rental in Cape Town. Drive South Africa is an established brand for renting a car in Cape Town. If you are wondering how to Hire a Car in Cape Town, just follow our easy Cape Town car hire process by completing the form above. Also, check out our FAQs about hiring a car in Cape Town which includes, “Is it safe to rent a car in Cape Town”. Drive South Africa has all the answers to your rental questions.

Rent a Car Cape Town

Rent a Car Cape Town

Best time to visit

If one wishes to enjoy an iconic Cape Town beach holiday it’s widely considered that late January until late April is the best time and this is the end of the warm summer months where days are generally long and balmy. Cape Town’s best weather conditions are generally from October until April. These conditions are the perfect conditions to rent a car in Cape Town. People ask the question is it safe to rent a car in Cape Town and the answer is yes because the roads and being in the mother city is generally safe, however, there are some towns in the Cape Town area that you should avoid.

Around the area

The most famous landmark in Cape Town is arguably the towering Table Mountain. Other great tourist attractions include the Southern Peninsula where tourists can drive their short term-rented car along a scenic stretch of coastline in the Cape Town Surrounds, from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek gazing at the ocean or watching seals in Simon’s Town.

Renting a car with Drive South Africa is a relatively painless process and allows you to explore a world of culture and wildlife not far from the center of Cape Town in areas such as Stellenbosch, the West Coast or The Garden Route. Hiring a car in Cape Town gives you the chance to get out there and experience it. You can also hire a luxury car in Cape Town  When renting a car in Cape Town it will enable you to see all these beautiful places.

When you rent a car in South Africa is it essential that you know how to rent the car and it is very easy you can rent a car by just using the Drive South Africa website where you can choose the cheapest car for your budget. 

Getting around

Public transport in all the major cities of South Africa is generally not up to scratch with Europe or North America. Although Cape Town is generally regarded as one of the better South African cities when it comes to public transport. Largely due to their extensive myciti bus routes and functioning train routes which are still limited by time and area. If one really wants to see all the sights and sounds of Cape Town and the Western Cape renting a car really is the only option. A budgeted car rental will get you to all the places you want to see for the cheapest price.


Happy Couple in Cape Town

Length of stay

Wondering how long you should rent a car to see Cape Town and surrounding areas? Roughly two weeks is said to be an optimal amount of time to see most of the sites in Cape Town and do a bit of traveling to some of the neighboring towns nearby. An absolute minimum would be one week, we offer both luxury and cheap car hire in Cape Town.

Normal car rentals in Cape Town is more than adequate for your city exploration and then it’s recommended to hire a 4×4 for the off-road sites of Cape Town for the second week so you can traverse through some of the areas in which 2 wheel driving is tricky or not possible. When renting a car in Cape Town it is essential to understand how long that you are going to be there and for the cheapest option to extend your stay. You can rent a cheap rental by checking out all the options on the Drive South Africa website.

What to pack

Cape Town experiences chilly and wet conditions during the winter months so prepare for wet and windy weather. If you decide to visit during this time of year, summer days are hot and long, so naturally, one would be expected to pack beach attire and sunscreen. Summer can also get a few cold spells so prepare for a turn in weather conditions on occasion. When packing always make sure that your rental car in Cape Town will be able to fit all your gear and clothes.

Where to stay


Observatory is generally for the low-end traveller, with an assortment of happy hour bars, cozy cafes and boutique backpackers and guest houses. This is an area for people wishing to see a more integrated alternative side to Cape Town. It is filled with fun where your rental car can get you everywhere. 

Green/Sea Point

Green and sea point are generally for the more discerning traveller looking for a bit of style, comfort and close proximity to world-class stadiums, restaurants, cafes and the ocean. This is a great place to drive your rental car in Cape Town to find all sorts of hidden treasures.


Greenpoint Stadium

City Bowl area and gardens

This is the hub of nightlife and entertainment and this is for the traveler who wishes to be right in the thick of the action. From the iconic Long Street to trendy Kloof, the town area of Cape Town really does have it all when it comes to live music, upmarket bars and restaurants and a world of accommodations facilities to choose from.

Southern Peninsula (Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek)

This is an area which is definitely for the traveler wishing to get a bit of peace, tranquility and ocean views whilst still being within close proximity to the city. The Southern Peninsula area is also considered as the birthplace of South African surfing and there are backpackers dedicated to this and plenty of opportunities to rent surfboards and wetsuits.

Table view/Bloubergstrand

Many choose the table view area for its long stretching beaches and amazing views of Table Mountain across the ocean. Accommodation in this area ranges from sky-rise hotels to boutique guest houses; it’s also within close proximity to the harrowing yet undeniably iconic Robben Island. Make sure you have a rental car that can fit your surfboard. 



Why rent a car in Cape Town with Drive South Africa

Experiencing this world-class city has never been easier with car rental in Cape Town. Drive South Africa’s reputation speaks for itself with happy customers from all over the world. Well trained travel experts and sales representatives ensure that your every wish and desire is taken care of on your perfect driving holiday through Cape Town and the Western Cape.   “Efficient, qualified and well-mannered consultants, we always receive such good service all the time, hence Drive South Africa is our first choice when renting vehicles” – states Masilo Modipane a loyal Drive South Africa client. When renting a car in Cape Town with Drive South Africa you will understand that there is no better option for finding the best price and best service. 

Car Rental Cape Town FAQ’s

What is the average cost to rent a car in Cape Town?


The average cost to rent a car in Cape Town Airport is R337.

What is the best car rental agency in Cape Town?

The best car rental company in Cape Town is Avis.

What car rental vehicle is the most popular in Cape Town?

The Mini or Chevrolet Spark.

Is it safe to hire a car in Cape Town?

Yes it is safe to hire a car in Cape Town as long as you use common sense and read about safety guidelines in this regard just as a person should when visiting any city.

How can I find a car rental close to me in Cape Town?

To find a car rental in Cape Town, Use Drive South Africa.

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