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Discover the best deals in Car Hire in South Africa

Compare and Book your South African car rental with DriveNow and you are guaranteed to find the lowest available rental rates.

In the more than 20 years since the end of apartheid, South Africa has emerged as one of the most culturally-diverse countries around the globe. As a result of the myriad of languages, religions, origins and cultures, South Africa is a melting pot that continues to advance socially and economically.

Of course, most people venture to the most southern African country for one reason - the wildlife. With animals such as lions, zebras, giraffes and hippos gracing the multiple national parks and nature reserves, there is certainly good reason to travel around this stunning country. From any of the major airports dotted around South Africa, you are never too far away from wild African safaris or photo opportunities. As such, it makes sense to hire a rental car and explore this country for yourself.

With the assistance of DriveNow, South African car hire is both simple and easy to complete. If you are heading to the Rainbow nation, you will be happy to know that we have relationships with many of the most common names in the car rental industry including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT. If you want the best prices and best vehicles, speak with DriveNow about your options.

Why DriveNow, exactly? It's simple:

  • Price - Travellers can compare car rental rates to ensure they are getting the most cost-effective price.
  • Simplicity - Comparing rates is easy and stress-free with DriveNow.
  • Free service - Fee free zone! There are no booking fees when you hire your car through DriveNow.
  • Trusted suppliers - Avis, Budget, Hertz, Keddy and Sixt are examples of our South African vehicle suppliers.
  • Immediate confirmation - Immedediate booking confirmation gives you peace of mind, knowing your reservation is complete.
  • Drive-away prices are inclusive of all taxes and levies.
  • Trust and experience - We've been working with travellers to help them find affordable car hire rates for more than a decade.

At DriveNow we pride ourselves in customer service and understand that it's not just about finding the best online deal. Our reservations team are just a phone call or chat session away to help answer any questions.

How can I get the best deal on South African car hire? South Africa enjoys a temperate climate with tourism ramping up during the winter months - June, July and August. For safari or animal viewing opportunities, this is the best time of the year to visit South Africa as daily temperatures and rainfall are lower. This means that if you're travelling here during those months, it'll be important that you organise your car hire before you travel.

Common Questions

What kind of driving licence is required to hire a car in South Africa?

If you are travelling on a foreign driving licence, a valid international driver's permit is required for South Africa. Remember to take your driving license with you - the permit alone will not enable you to drive.

How old must I be to hire a car in South Africa?

You must be at least 18 years old, be on a full license and have held your valid un-endorsed driver's licence for at least 12 months.

What's it like to drive in South Africa?

South Africa's driving conditions are good with major highways and roading networks connecting all city centres. Regional infrastructure is still improving with more challenging roads located in rural or national park areas. It is also handy to keep local currency for the toll fees that apply throughout the country along national roads.

Car Hire payment?

A credit card is required when picking up your rental car from a South African airport.

Excess Insurance Options

You should obtain coverage for your rental car to be prepared in the event of an accident. You can purchase a Collision Damage Waiver or add vehicle coverage to your travel insurance package. Many travel insurance policies will include this and this is often a cheaper option.

Do I need to wear a seatbelt in South Africa?


Mobile Phones and Sat-Nav Guidance

You can only use a hands free phone whilst driving. Fixed penalty notices apply. Satellite Navigation guidance systems can be hired as an optional extra, however many newer rental vehicles in South Africa come with GPS navigation as standard.