Car hire South Africa

No other country in Africa, and few anywhere else in the world, offer a diversity of attractions to rival South Africa. The country is one of the Africa’s finest Big Five destinations. The likes of the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve have all the amenities and attractions one would come to expect from world-class wildlife destinations

In terms of getting around, booking a 4×4 hire will cost more than a regular car hire, but there are some advantages, and potentially even some savings, especially if you’re more than two people, and having the vehicle enables you to camp.

Best time to visit

Choosing when the best time to visit South Africa should be based on what activities you’d like to experience.

If you’d like to spot the Big Five in the Kruger National Park, then it’s best to visit during the dry winter months of May to September as the vegetation thins out, making it easier to spot the wildlife who congregate around water sources. Hiring a car in the Kruger National Park gives you the chance to take control of your own safari, which will leave you and your loved ones with unforgettable memories.

If you’d like to laze away on South Africa’s blue-flag beaches, then a visit during the summer months of December to February is your best bet. Car hire South Africa is an excellent choice here, as there are a host of world-class beaches to visit along the Western Cape Coast.

Around South Africa

Cape Town

Situated at the tip of the African continent, Cape Town is South Africa’s travel hub, with thousands of travellers flocking to its shores every year to take advantage of the multitude of activities available. From world-class beaches, rolling lush green winelands and five-star restaurants, Cape Town has it all. Car hire Cape Town is relatively cheap and easy as well, and it’s the best way to explore the city.


South Africa’s financial hub and the second largest city in Africa – Johannesburg is an excellent base for exploring the country’s wilderness areas. The city itself boasts the world’s largest man-made forest and a visit to the eclectic township of Soweto should not be missed.


Blessed with warm weather all year round, it’s the ideal destination to explore South Africa’s best outdoor attractions. Also known as ‘Surf City’, Durban is a popular destination for water-sport enthusiasts. Be sure to visit uShaka Marine World, the largest aquarium in the Southern hemisphere.

The Basics

Getting around

Car hire in South Africa is by far the best way to explore the wealth of sights and attractions that South Africa has to offer. Public transport is adequate if compared to Europe. Car rental South Africa will also give you the freedom to travel at your own pace.

Length of stay

Two weeks is the general recommended time when planning a holiday to South Africa. It gives you the opportunity to explore South Africa’s coastline, before heading to the bush to spot the Big Five.

What to pack

South Africa’s summers are quite warm, so be sure to pack in light clothing with lots of sunscreen. However, be sure to pack in a raincoat for the occasional shower. For winter, pack in warm clothing as the air becomes quite chilly.

Where to stay

Cape Town

Cape Town is an excellent city to live in. When you’re not at work, there’s a big variety of activities to keep you and your loved ones busy.


This upmarket city provides you with an excellent platform to become ingrained in South Africa’s historic past. It’s also a couple of hours away from South Africa’s popular wilderness areas.

Why hire a car with Drive South Africa

Drive South Africa gives you excellent car rental in South Africa. We offer only the lowest rates complimented by professional service, giving you the driving freedom to explore our country without restrictions.

As a car hire company we offer a complete range of vehicles across an extensive national car hire network. We cater to local and international markets ranging from budget car rental,  campervans, 4x4s and luxury vehicles, for short term or long term car hire, South Africa.


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