Car Hire in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, also known as ‘the city of gold’ is the commercial capital of South Africa, with a legacy linking back to the gold rush to the area in the late 1800’s. Jozi as it’s more fondly referred to by locals is a sprawling urban playground with a wealth of shopping centers, beautiful public parks and a rich heritage that has shaped South Africa’s history. The city has a lot to offer nearby with many options for hiring a car to these various locations, immerse yourself in African tribal culture at Lesedi Cultural villages which isn’t far from the CBD, so car hire in Johannesburg will be sufficient. Johannesburg also isn’t far from the wildlife abundant country of Botswana and hiring a camper to cross over the border is also an option if one wishes to do a self drive safari.

Best time to visit Johannesburg

Johannesburg experiences chilly winters with sunny days, but the mornings can become unbearably cold. It’s widely considered that the best time to visit Johannesburg would be during the spring or summer months, where weather is warm and dry. This is also the best time to see all the flora in bloom and Johannesburg is also accredited for having the biggest man-made forest on the planet. Car rental in Johannesburg is ideal or get a 4x4 if you are travelling up north, but avoid convertibles as rain or bad weather could adversely affect your trip.

In and around Johannesburg

Johannesburg is famous for its parks for which there are many, Emmarentia Dam is a popular picnic destination and every now and then they host live music. The Maboneng Precinct is great for those wanting to experience the newly developed urban life in Johannesburg. The Braamfontein area is great for the abundance of arts, culture and nightlife. Other notable areas are the iconic Melville and cosmopolitan Greenside. Another great option to taking a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Cradle of Humankind.

Getting around greater Johannesburg

Johannesburg really is a sprawling city scape of roads and routes. Although public transport has improved with the introduction of the world class Gautrain rail network, this facility is still limited to where it can get to, so even more so than the other two major urban areas of the country a car is absolutely essential when wishing to navigate the city.

The length of your stay in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is doable in a week but if one wishes to really immerse themselves in the culture whilst experiencing neighboring towns, nature and wildlife, roughly two weeks would be a more sufficient time frame.

What to pack for your trip to Johannesburg

It’s best to prepare for all weather conditions, the summer months are generally hot and dry and the winter months can become bitterly cold. Summer has the occasional thunderstorm so pack some waterproof clothing and a jacket or two. Just remember that if you hiring a car in Johannesburg you need to make sure that you’ve got a vehicle that allows for enough baggage space, as a typical Hyundai i10 wouldn’t handle a lot of baggage.

Where to stay in Joburg?

Maboneng

Maboneng is a newly developed area in the heart of Johannesburg, dedicated to building a more holistic, artistic city. There are a world of guest houses, backpackers and boutique hotels to choose from in the area. Being in the heart of Johannesburg getting transport is far simpler, but if you’d like to travel outside of the city get your rental car here for easy access.

Melville

Melville is a very established urban, residential, business and entertainment area in Johannesburg with a world of accommodation facilities to choose from which suit all budgets.

Greenside

Greenside is very similar to Mellville but is also in close reach to some of the picturesque parks the city has on offer.

Sandton

Sandton is one of the financial and business hubs of the city and is definitely a region which is for the higher end tourist looking for a bit of pampering and luxury in the city.

Why hire a car in Johannesburg with Drive South Africa?

Johannesburg really is a sprawling metropolitan area almost impossible to navigate without your own vehicle. Not to worry, with Drive South Africa’s extensive experience in this field, hiring a car in Johannesburg really is a click or a phone call away. Call today to find out what the best deals are for car hire Johannesburg to ensure you have the best experience possible while travelling through South Africa’s biggest and most commercially driven city.

Frequently asked questions when renting a car in Johannesburg, South Africa

How old must I be to rent a vehicle in South Africa?

Most suppliers require you to be 21 as an international drivers 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.

My vehicle is being delivered to me. Will the fuel tank be full when I receive it?

Fuel is charged from depot to depot in Johannesburg and the rest of South Africa. Every vehicle leaves the depot full and is re-fuelled upon return. If your vehicle is delivered to you then the tank may not be completely full depending on the distance from the nearest depot.

In the same way, if your vehicle is collected from you it will be re-fuelled when it returns to the depot so you will be liable for the cost of the fuel from the collection point to the nearest depot.

How does the rental deposit work?

When you rent a car in South Africa, if you have chosen a package with an excess then you will be required to have he full excess value available on your credit card for a deposit. If you return the vehicle without any damages then this amount will be refunded to you. If repairs are required or parts need to be replaced then you will be charged the correct amount and any remaining funds will be refunded to you.

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 do if I have an accident?

If a third party is involved make sure you get all their details – name, ID or passport number, address and telephone number, vehicle registration, make, and model. You will need to contact the supplier as soon as possible but no more than 24 hours after the incident. They will require a full and detailed description of the accident.

If your vehicle needs to be replaced the supplier will arrange to do this. You also need to report the accident to the nearest police station and supply the car rental company with the case number.

We always recommend Super cover instead of Standard cover as this will cover you more extensivly if an accident should occur while travelling through Johannesburg and South Africa as a whole.

Can the vehicle model be guaranteed?

No. A specific model can be requested but not guaranteed. Rental vehicles are put into group i.e. Group A or Group D, so you will be renting a vehilce in a specific group, not a specific vehicle. The supplier reserves the right to replace certain models on their fleet without prior notification. The advertised vehicle gives an indication of the type of vehicle and features to be expected.

The only time you will rent a specific vehicle is when you enquire around our luxury fleet.

Do I need an International Driver’s License to rent a car with Drive South Africa?

No. You do not necessarily need an International Driver’s License.

You may use the driver’s license from your home country, provided that the license is:

  • Valid
  • Unendorsed
  • In English

If your license is in another language then you will need an International license.

The type of vehicles you can rent in Johannesburg, South Africa

Compact Cars

Compact Cars

When renting a compact car in South Africa you’re generally expecting a vehicle that would be best suited for 1 or 2 persons with minimal baggage. Renting a compact car is best for business trips or short distance travel in and around a city.

If you’re looking to travel a bit further, then we would recommend hiring an SUV or at the very least a standard car.

Standard Cars

Standard Cars

When renting a standard car in South Africa you are generally looking at renting a 4 door sedan or similar with consdierably more boot space than your compact option. Renting a standard car is best for leisure trips where you have a 2-3 people with some baggage.

If you’re looking to travel a bit further or you’re 4-5 people with baggage, then we would recommend hiring an SUV or a People Mover.

Commercial Cars & Bakkies

Commercial Cars & Bakkies

When renting a commercial vehilce or bakkie, you are generally using it for work or moving purposes. This is a more hardy rental option that you can use to transport goods.

Please make sure that you read all terms and conditions when it comes to renting one of these vehicles as damages to the vehicle could result in hefty fines.

MPVs

MPVs

MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle and is used for larger groups when travelling. Generally renting an MPV is best suited when you are 4-5 people travelling with baggage.

If you are even slightly concerned about space however, we would recommend looking at renting a People Mover instead as the better option as this would allow you a large amount of space with baggage.

SUVs

SUVs

If chances are that you’re travelling for a few weeks, you will have quite a bit of luggage. An SUV is ideal for storing your luggage, where boot space is aplenty. You definitely won’t feel cramped when you rent an SUV.

As it is more adept at handling terrain, an SUV is the perfect rentla option for a road trip style holiday in Southern Africa. This is as you won’t always find perfectly manicured highways.

People Movers

People Movers

People movers are there to rent if you have 4-8 people travelling for slightly longer periods or you have a considerable amount of luggage. This is the best option if you are planning on renting with the aim of travelling in complete comfort as each passengers will have ample space.

If you need something a tad less expensive then an MPV would also do the trick but note, with this rental option you’ll have far less comfort and space.

Renting a car in South Africa vs other transport options

Johannesburg is one of the major cities in South Africa and is considered the economic hub of the country. This said, public transport is still African in nature and far from European standards.

There are numerous taxi apps and traditionbal taxi sservices available in Johannesburg including Uber and Bolt (Lyft is not an option in South Africa at the moment). This is perfect for your night out or short trips within the city.

If you’re planning on travelling anywhere outside of the immediate city, we would recommend either the Gautrain which goes to Pretoria and some spots within the greater Johannesburh area or renting a car.

Trains are generally used for shorter metro style trips (more blue collar) and can be very unreliable, so our recommedation would be to avoid these.

Flying into most of South Africa’s major cities is hassle free as there a quite a few low cost airlines to get you there with Kulula, Mango and FlySafair being your most popular.

All in all, once you’re in the city public tranbsport is limited so unless you are planning on purely staying in the city centre specifically, you will need to rent a car in Johannesburg. Depending on the size of your group and your requirements that would guide your specific rental.

To see all of the available options we have please click on the button below and fill in your dates for accurate pricing.

The rental procedure to follow when renting a car in Johannesburg

When renting a vehicle in Johannesburg with Drive South Africa, the process could not be simpler. Just follow the steps below;

1. At the top of this page you will see a search form with dates and locations

2. Add the dates that you need to rent the vehicle for

3. Add the pick-up and drop-off locations where you want to collect the vehicle and then return the vehicle, in the case most likely Johannesburg

4. Click on the saerch button

5. A list of vehicles will appear that are available for you to rent in Johannesburg

6. You will see a range of filters at the top of the results that will allow you to filter to a specific type of vehicle.

7. Based on the type of car that you’re interested in, select the vehicle (click the Select button) that best matches your needs, based on price and size.

8. You’ll be taken to Step 2 of the process where you select your Insurance, Excess and Extras. We always recommend Super cover as this will reduce your Excess and Liablility if you are in an accident.

9. Once happy with your selection click on the “Continue” button which will take you to Step 3 where we get your details. We need your details to reserve the booking against your name. You will be required to show identification (Driver’s Licence) on collection of the vehicle so make sure to match.

10. If you’ve selected an “Instant Confirmation” vehicle you’ll have the option to pay immediately otherwise you will see a confirmation page here for your vehicle rental in Johannesburg.

11. If you see a confrimation you’ll see a reference number (starts with DS)n which has been emailed to you as well and you will use that reference number when corresponding with our consultants.

12. If you have selected to pay immediately then you will be able to add your credit card details and have a vehicle ready for you instantly.

13. Once you’ve paid for your car rental you will see a similar confirmation page as above.

14. If you have any probolems during this process you can contact us at +27 87 806 7330 to speak to one of our expert car rental consultants.

What documents do you need in South Africa when you rent a vehicle in Johannesburg

The only documents that you need is an valid driver’s licence from you country of residence. You do not necessarily need an International Driver’s License.

You may use the driver’s license from your home country, provided that the license is:

– Valid

– Unendorsed

– In English

If your license is in another language then you will need an International license.

Please note that you will also need a credit card in your name with embossed letters and numbers. This is the standard with all of our suppliers.

If you are renting a 4x4 or camper in Johannesburg and you are paying your deposit with a Diner’s Club card you will still need a Maestro or Visa card with embossed letter and numbers on collection of your rental vehicle.

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