Cheap Car Rental South Africa

The modern traveler of today is experienced in doing internet searches with regard to their holiday car rental needs and knows how to search for affordable car hire in South Africa and other countries they wish to visit. Since there are so many car rental companies in South Africa, you will find the first few pages of Google covered by hundreds of car rental companies in South Africa, all vying for first place on the initial Search Engine Results Page in Google. The international traveler has not only become wise in his or her internet searches for car rental South Africa, but has also become price conscious due to the tough economic times that we are all experiencing. So it’s no wonder that the term ‘cheap car hire in South Africa’ is being used in different forms as the main keyword or key phrase in finding affordable car hire in South Africa.

The danger when looking for cheap car hire in South Africa is that potential clients will not know if the company they have found is reputable, real or merely a virtual company on the internet. Another concern is what the cars look like and what condition they are in. There are many questions that go through the heads of the potential client: Is the car properly insured and will I be covered with this cheap rental company in the same way as with larger, better branded companies? Will the excess be sky-high or will it come at an affordable price?

Yet another question: How will the renter be able to pay, as the norm is when renting a car in South Africa, using a valid driver’s license, passport or identity document and a valid credit card? These are normally the only ways of securing a car. In our research throughout the South African car rental industry the main obstacle we came across is that potential clients need to be in possession of a credit card when they hire a car.

Coupled with the worldwide credit crunch and the economic downturn, there is a tendency in Europe to phase out credit cards in major retail stores throughout Europe, with the result that many who are travelling to South Africa are arriving on our shores without a credit card yet still need to hire transport to get around. After all, self drive car hire is still the best way to see South Africa. Drive Africa did its own searches to find car rental companies that offered cheap car rental without credit cards and car hire companies that offered cheap car rental using debit cards. We only came up with small, dubious companies in the major towns in South Africa such as Cape Town and Johannesburg. Interestingly enough, these businesses were not found on the internet.

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About Cape Town

Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City of South Africa, is one of those places which feature prominently on ‘Dream Destinations’ lists of travel-lovers the world over. Since the dawning of democracy in 1994, Cape Town’s popularity as a prime tourism destination has grown extensively. Cape Town holds something for everyone – families, gay tourists, adventure-seekers, students – from gap-year backpackers to 5 star conference delegates, the city welcomes visitors from every walk of life, and ever nationality, each year. Even in the winter months, called the “Green Season”, the City is pretty busy. Let Drive Africa get you around with their great car hire cape town rates.

Cape Town is situated in the extreme south of South Africa between the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Indian Ocean in the east. This vibrant and exciting city spreads out on the lower slopes and in the valleys at the foot of the famous landmark, Table Mountain. The mountain, which has a height of 1086 meters is a national monument and boasts a larger variety of plants than the whole of Great Britain! The mountain overlooks the CBD and some of the older suburbs, and is visible from almost every place in Cape Town. This makes it suitable for orientation, and it is also used by locals to predict the weather.
A trip to the top in the rotating cable way offers some of the best views in the country. Incredible panoramic views are also accessible when you take a drive along Signal Hill.

Cape Town is in every way an exotic and exciting destination, with its eclectic mixture of African, European, Caribbean and Californian influences creating a dynamic atmosphere.

While touring the Peninsular with your rental car Cape Town there are countless ways to experience this melting pot of cultures and influences.

Sample wines sourced from grapes grown on the lush slopes of rural Constantia.
Visit the ‘Cape of Good Hope’, stopping off along the way to enjoy long stretches of isolated sandy beaches.
Prefer to be surrounded by ‘hip and happening’ people? Visit Camps Bay or Clifton along the Atlantic Seaboard – busy beaches full of beautiful bronze bodies meet buzzing seafront cafes and cocktail bars.
Visit the Bo-Kaap with its colourful homes of the Cape Malay community, and then take a township tour to experience one aspect of modern Xhosa culture by meeting the locals in the Shebeens (township bars).Cape Town is renowned for the relaxed atmosphere of its people. But don’t be fooled – the locals know how to work and play hard despite the ‘laid back’ attitude they exude!

In downtown Cape Town, you will find Green Market Square. This picturesque area, bordered by trees and trendy cafes and restaurants alongside an old stone cathedral, is the site of the well-known craft market from Monday until Saturday. The old City Hall, built in the 18th century is situated opposite the station.

The Victoria and Albert Waterfront has established itself into a 24 hours entertainment area, with restaurants, pubs, shops and entertainment for the whole family.
You can participate in sightseeing tours around the port or to the former prison island ‘Robben Island’. A visit the incredible Two Oceans Aquarium is also well-worth doing.

Make every moment of your Cape Town holiday count. Use Drive Africa for your car rental in Cape Town.

Cape Town will capture your heart and your imagination – and you will return again and again – no doubt about it!

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Car buying South Africa

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Drive Africa offers the best solution to long-term transport for visitors to South Africa in our Guaranteed Buy Back programme. The success of this programme is largely due to the difficulties associated with buying a pre-owned car privately in any foreign country, South Africa being no exception in this regard.

The procedure of making a used car purchase is fraught with many risks.

Although used cars are generally well priced, the many hidden costs accumulated tend to surface only after the deal is done. Many new owners of pre-owned cars realise afterwards that they should have dealt with someone who offers a guarantee. Any undisclosed problems can end up costing a great deal of money over and above the purchase price, with no recompense from the previous owner.

This is why the smarter option is to purchase a vehicle through Drive Africa. Our buy back guarantee means that you purchase a fully licensed, roadworthy, quality used vehicle from us. When you return home, we buy it back from you. No hassles, no catches – it’s really as simple as that!

However, if you do decide to purchase a car privately, we’d like to offer you some advice.

Take note of the following car buying tips and procedures:


It is important to conclude a sales contract when buying a used car. Registration forms are available at the local traffic authorities. All used cars must pass a roadworthy test, which will cost about R 200.00.This test is best done at AA Test & Drive Centres, which are located around South Africa.


Normally you pay the purchase price cash or via bank transfer. It is important to keep the voucher. The voucher will allow you to transfer the money back to your account in your home country after you have sold the vehicle. Without this, you could have difficulty changing the South African Rands back into the currency of origin.

An international bank transfer takes approximately 4-6 days.


Within 21 days of signing the contract, the vehicle must be registered at the “Department of Licensing and Registration”.

For this you need the following documents:

  • Change of Ownership / Sale of motor vehicle form
  • Roadworthy Certificate
  • Original Registration Certificate
  • Bank Release Certificate
  • Current License Disc
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Traffic Register Number
  • Address in South Africa

For the registration you should plan 2-3 days.


South Africa has no compulsory cover for vehicle damage. This means that some 70% of drivers are uninsured. Against this background, and keeping in mind the fact that repairs are very expensive in SA, it is advisable to obtain fully comprehensive insurance cover, or at least cover for Balance of Third Party, Fire and Theft. This is almost impossible to do without a permanent address in SA or without a local bank account. Being young also counts against you.

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Give yourself enough time to market and sell the vehicle before your departure. The less time you have to sell the car, the lower the price you will have to accept. If necessary, sell your vehicle to a local dealer, even if you get a price under the market value.

When selling to a private person, it makes sense to take someone with you for added security. Don’t let the buyer do a test drive on his own. Only accept cash, and be weary of cheques, as these are easily forged.

For driving to Kenya or Tanzania, you need a Carnet de Passage, obtainable at the AA. To get it you need 100% deposit of the vehicle cost. Does your holiday budget allow this?


Buying a car in South Africa is time consuming and may delay the start of your holiday. That is why Drive Africa offers buy back guarantee vehicles that are fully insured and roadworthy. Purchasing a buy back car from Drive Africa means no unnecessary paperwork, long queues or time wasted. It is clearly the intelligent choice.

Types of Roads in South Africa

Roads in South Africa are classified as follows:

· National Highway Roads – these are classified by a number and having the letter “N” before them. Examples of these roads are the N1 and N2 from Cape Town, the N3 from Durban to Johannesburg and the N6 from East London to Bloemfontein.
· Metropolitan Freeways – these are noted by a number with the “M” prefix.
· The Provincial Main Roads – identified by the letter “R”. Examples are the R21 from Pretoria to Johannesburg International Airport and the R27 from Cape Town to Upington.
· Gravel Roads and secondary roads that are surfaced, and these are classified with a number.
· Urban streets and roads in the major cities and towns of South Africa.
· Generally unclassified roads. These roads are located off the beaten track in rural countryside areas.

In total, there are just under 760,000 kilometers of road network in South Africa. Nearly 10,000 km of fully surfaced National Highway toads and metropolitan freeways. This total includes over 2,400 km of toll roads that are fully surfaced.

56,000km of Provincial roads are completely surfaced to a very high quality finish.

There are 300,000km of gravel roads that are in very good condition and are perfect to drive on with just a two-wheel drive vehicle.

There are almost 170,000km of surfaced and non-surfaced roads in urban areas that are in excellent driving condition.

Over 220,000 km of unclassified roads that are located in rural country areas. The majority of these are perfect driving conditions for two wheel drive vehicles.

In fact, there are very few roads in South Africa that are totally exclusive for four wheel drive vehicles. This includes the National Parks that are largely self-drive parks, and the safari areas that are off the beaten track. Most of the National roads have a tarred surface and are in excellent driving condition. Obviously the more rural the road, the more possibility that it will have a poor driving surface and have pot holes and plenty of bumps!

In South Africa, many of the national highways that connect the major centres are toll roads, for example the N1 and N2. It is important to check out the toll fees before you embark on your journey and ensure that you have the cash/credit card on hand to pay to gain access! The average fees for a standard light two wheel drive vehicle range up to 50 South Africa Rands.

John writes for – an independent car hire reservation website where you can book low cost car hire at over 5,000 locations worldwide.

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Driving on South African Roads

Tips to remember about Driving on South African Roads:
The first thing to remember is that in South Africa you will be driving on the Left. This is extremely handy for drivers coming from the UK and Ireland but may be a little strange to those coming from the Continent or North America. Since the driving position will be on the Right Hand Side of the car so as the driver you just have to make sure the line in the middle of the road is outside your door.

Also similar to the UK, most cars are manual transmission and it may be difficult to procure an automatic, be sure to book one early but even then it may not be guaranteed.

The roads in South Africa can vary in quality greatly. The National and Regional roads that connect the major cities and major towns are all of a very high standard. Some sections of these National Routes are dual carriage freeways and some a tolled. The main examples of the National roads include the N1, which connects Cape Town to Pretoria through Johannesburg; the N2, which runs from Cape Town to Durban though the Garden Route; and the N3 which runs from Durban to Johannesburg.

Outside of these main roads, the quality can diminish quite severely and this is especially the case in some of the National Parks which feature dirt tracks that you may not want to take a regular car onto.

The speed limits on the motorway are generally about 120km/h, on other major roads the limit is 100km/h which is lowered to 80km/h in built up areas and then within urban areas it is 60km/h. These speed limits are enforced by the police who are equipped with laser or radar guns. If you are driving a rental the fine could be sent to the rental agent who in turn will take it from your credit card so it best not to speed in the first place.

All road sign distances are in kms and fuel is sold by the litre. You will not be able to purchase fuel in garages with a credit card; you will require either cash or one of the special Garage Cards that can be bought in almost any bank. Most petrol stations will have ATMs anyway so you could try getting cash that way. The prices are regulated by the government so there is no need to skip petrol stations in the hope of finding a cheaper one just down the road. When it comes to the national routes, just down the road can be between 200 and 300 kms, so best to fill up whenever you are getting a little low and you happen to be passing a petrol station. Many of these stations are open 24-hours and will include restaurants, shops, bathrooms, etc.

There are no left turns permitted on a red light unless there is a yield sign that specifically allows it. Otherwise you have to wait for the green.

Hopefully this brief introduction into South African Roads will aid you on your trip to this beautiful country.

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Car Hire To Track The Afterlife

For a holiday with a difference why not try South Africa?

Renowned for its wild life and desert plains you will have to travel quite a distance to take in all of South Africa’s finest points.

To make your travels a little more interesting between destinations why not use car hire in South Africa, venture slightly off the beaten track and pay a visit to some of South Africa’s supposedly haunted hot spots?

Visit the Pretoria branch of car hire to pick up your vehicle and make Gerhard Moerdyk Street your first stop for entertainment. Only a small street, this is home to one of the liveliest, happiest communities you will find.

Historic houses and buildings along with creative shops can help you fill the daylight hours but night time is when this place comes into its own. Jazz haunts, beat bars and ethnic restaurants spill all types of music onto the street including house, reggae and alternative rock. You will feel compelled to join in when every building brings a feeling of festivity.

Breytenbach theatre is a must see for a visit of this kind. It began life as a German club but was taken over in 1907 by Emily Hobhouse, a famous Boer war heroine. Originally used by Emily as a weaving school and craft centre to assist destitute Boer widows, it was later used as a temporary hospital to cater for victims of the 1918 flu epidemic.

Legend has it that the basement beneath the stage was used as a morgue and a nurse Heather that attended the hospital’s sick children before succumbing herself, is said to be seen and heard here on occasion.

If you have no luck with the supernatural here, use car hire to escape to Kempton Park where you may have more joy at Avion Park Recreation Centre. A vision of a young man wearing a cricketers uniform is often seen roaming the corridors. It is said that he died after being struck by lightening and has never moved on.

South Africans, in the main, do not believe in ghosts. Any unexplained phenomena is said to be dead people who do not realise they have died and they use a ritual to explain to the dead that they have gone. All this comes despite their reputation for witchcraft and sorcery, which belongs to a few extreme groups around the country.

Making your way down the country, your hired car will serve you well when you visit the famous Golden Gate National Park. With 11,600 hectares of amazing scenery and wildlife, keep a look out for black wildebeest and an assortment of antelope including the springbok which is the emblem of South African rugby.

Bearded vulture and bald ibis are very rare birds but you stand a good chance of seeing them in this part of the world. Ensure your visit keeps you until sunset when you will be struck by the most amazing sight of rainbow colours where the blue and purple hues of the mountain shadows at the parks highest peak of Ribboktop meet the suns last rays bouncing shades of red and yellow from the sandstone walls of the park.

Drive your hired car across to Bloemfontein. This is a city otherwise known as the ‘city of roses’ due to its ability to grow the most amazing roses everywhere despite the arid conditions. Maybe it is these conditions which discourage many of its inhabitants form moving on after death!

In 1961, a young girl disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Six years later the body of a girl was discovered beneath a newly built swimming pool at Jim Fouche High School. Since the discovery, many unexplained things have occurred including the opening and shutting of doors, lights flickering and the occasional sound of a girl singing sometimes accompanied by a sighting of her.

The Old Presidency is a place to visit for those of rather fainter heart where the feeling of being watched is overbearing and described by many visitors.
Use car hire to then get you down to Gansbaai on the south coast where the white shark cage diving is a must. Shark sightings are almost guaranteed during shark mating season but sea sickness medication is an absolute must!

A short car ride from here is Simonstown. In the Old Residency is housed The Simonstown Musem. This is home to a veritable ghost challenge. This building contains a haunted painting that, when photographed, will never develop. There’s only one way to find out.

At Cape Town you will be spoilt for choice when ghost hunting. Cape Town Mine Quarry is said to be most beautiful during the day but at night takes on a whole other-worldly feel with audible sounds of deep, abusive voices and an overwhelming sense of foreboding. Cape Town Castle, built in the 1600’s to protect the harbour, is apparently haunted by the slaves and captives held and tortured to death there.

Cape Town harbour hosts the most famous ghost sighting in the world – that of The flying Dutchman. The Royal Navy have, over the years, documented numerous sighting of this ghost ship, said to have gone down around 1640. Stories abound that the captain of the phantom ship will try to pass letters to any sailors it encounters. If accepted, this will mean certain doom.

Car hire South Africa has outlets in Cape Town where you can return your vehicle before making the flight home to develop that film and see what appears, or not.

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South African Car Hire

South African car hire covers all types of vehicles for all kinds of travel. Whether you’re looking for a luxury sedan or rugged 4×4, you’ll find the right car for your self-drive holiday in South Africa. A number of local and international brands service the industry, making car hire a breeze.

South Africa’s car hire companies cater specifically to self-drive visitors looking to explore South Africa in their own time. With online and walk-in booking services available, South African car hire is simple and efficient.

Companies offering car hire in South Africa include Avis, Hertz, Imperial/Europcar and Tempest, among many others. All these companies have an online presence as well as branches in the major cities and at international, and selected domestic, airports across the country.

South African car hire is comprehensive – offering drivers everything from small, budget-friendly cars to luxurious sedans that will see you driving in style.

Some car rental companies also offer 4×4 vehicles. If you plan to rough it on your holiday to South Africa, check with the car hire company as to the capabilities of the offroad vehicles available.

Alternatively, hire your 4×4 through a specialised offroad vehicle rental provider. These include Britz South Africa, Offroad Africa, Drive South Africa and 4×4 South Africa. These companies can also assist with caravan and trailer hire.

Campervans offer a great way to experience South Africa and its bountiful attractions. Companies like Camper Hire specialise in the rental of campervans and luxury motorhomes, sleeping between 4 and 6 people. Book early to secure a vehicle that suits your travel needs and make sure you get a reservation number that confirms the dates and price of rental.

South African vehicles are right-hand drives and travel is on the left-hand side of the road. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory and talking on a mobile phone while driving is illegal. If you plan to use your mobile phone, pick up a hands-free kit beforehand.

All speed limits in South Africa are in kilometres and law enforcement agencies monitor speed limits on the country’s roads. Ensure you have your driver’s licence on you at all times and use current road maps or GPS systems to assist with route navigation. Be aware national roads are tolled, so carry cash with you.

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