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Hiring a car with Drive South Africa

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Drive South Africa car rental provides a wide range of online car rental options, from sedans and compact car rental to 4×4 rentals, camper van rental, and luxury rental vehicles across Southern Africa.

With Drive South Africa, you can rent a car the hassle-free way from 348 branches in 5 countries. We’ve been helping travelers rent cars for self-drive adventures for over 20 years, and our team of helpful travel advisors is always on hand to help you compare and book rental cars with maximum ease and always at the best prices.

Our car hire service covers Botswana car hire, Namibia car hire, and car hire in South Africa with excellent customer service and the best car hire deals. 

We are your one-stop wheel shop promising you outstanding client service from a passionate team of travel advisors dedicated to you.

Our Vehicle Rental Options

Easily compare and book just about any rental car in Southern Africa, from sedans and compact cars to luxury cars, 4x4s, and camper vans.

Drive South Africa FAQ's

How old must you be to hire a car in Cape Town?

Most suppliers require you to be 21 as an international driver and 23 for South African drivers, you are also required to have held a valid license for at least 2 years before renting a car.

There are various options depending on the supplier so please contact us if you are below this age and need to rent a vehicle when hiring a car in Cape Town

How does my rental deposit work in renting a car in Cape Town?

If you want an excess package when renting a car in Cape Town, you must have the entire excess amount available on your credit card as a deposit. This amount will be refunded to you if you return the vehicle without causing any harm. You will be charged the correct amount if repairs or parts are necessary, and any remaining funds will be refunded.

No matter what package you have chosen you will be required to pay a rental deposit. This varies from R1000 to R2000 depending on which supplier is used. This deposit will be refunded if the vehicle is returned on or before the agreed date and time with a full fuel tank. If the vehicle requires re-fuelling then you will be charged for this and the remaining funds will be refunded. If you return your vehicle late without contacting Drive South Africa then you will be charged for the additional days at the supplier’s extension rates.

What do I need to rent a car in South Africa?

When you’re renting a car in Cape Town, you just need a debit or credit card.

At the rental counter, you’ll need:

  • Your passport
  • Your voucher
  • Each driver’s driving license
  • The main driver’s credit card (some rental companies also accept debit cards, but most don’t).

Important: Please make sure you check the car’s rental terms as well, as each rental company has its own rules. For example? They might need to see some extra ID. They might not accept certain types of credit cards. Or they might not rent to any driver who hasn’t held their driving license for 36 months or more.

How are the roads in South Africa?

The roads in South Africa fair, However, there are some parts of South Africa where renting a bigger car such as an SUV will be to your benefit. If you want a more comfortable drive a 4×4 would also be a good option when renting a car in Cape Town.

Car Hire

Find the best deal in each car group from Southern Africa’s top car hire companies.

Luxury Car Hire

Drive in comfort and style in any of the luxury cars offered in Southern Africa. Convertibles, luxury sedans, sports cars, luxury SUVs and 4x4s.

4×4 Hire

The largest range of 4x4s to choose from in Southern Africa, each with a unique configuration. Find the right vehicle for your next 4×4 adventure.

Camper Hire

From 2-berths to 6-berths. Choose a camper with all the modern comforts you need. Many include the kitchen sink.

Our Most Popular Car Rental Options

We have a range of car hire options that would suit any travel needs. Please note: For accurate pricing – search above.


Bidvest Car Rental

Includes Unlimited Mileage

OR SIMILAR Suzuki Celerio | Kia Picanto | Suzuki Ignis | Nissan Micra Active | Hyundai i10


Bidvest Car Rental

Includes Unlimited Mileage

OR SIMILAR Nissan Almera | VW Polo | Toyota Etios | Hyundai Accent | VW Golf 7


Bidvest Car Rental

Includes Unlimited Mileage

OR SIMILAR Suzuki Swift | Hyundai Grand i10 | Ford Fiesta | Renault Clio | Toyota Etios Hatch | Suzuki Baleno | Renault Sandero | Ford Figo | Toyota Yaris


Firefly Car Rental

Includes Unlimited Mileage

Need Help?

Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Email: info@drivesouthafrica.com

Why rent from Drive South Africa?

Because we work with the best rental companies in Southern Africa, you have a pick of the lot. With 1000s of vehicles to choose from, unlimited mileage, easily comparable prices, cars sanitised on every rental, flexible cancellation and dedicated customer service, you know that Drive South Africa is your best bet.

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