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    Explore the best of South Africa with Car Hire

    Let Auto Europe find you a discounted price for car hire in South Africa! We will compare prices from major car rental suppliers in order to find you the best deal possible. Use our safe, secure online booking system to lock in a bargain today.

    Country Essentials

    Traffic travels on the left side of the road in South Africa. Speed limits in South Africa range from 60km per hour in the city to 120km per hour on highways. Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. Parking garages are the best option for parking in the major cities as it can often be difficult to find a space.

    Standard Inclusions

    Auto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection in the South Africa car rental prices. The CDW and theft protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental. Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000 on your return to Australia.Best Car Rental

    Driving in South Africa

    With natural beauty and wildlife rated among the best in the world, it's easy to see why self-drive holidays in South Africa are so popular with travellers. A true African experience, with excellent facilities for tourists, makes South Africa the perfect destination for those wishing to experience life on this unique continent.

    Cape Town is among one of the most popular destinations in South Africa. Once you have picked up your hire car, a great way to become familiar with the area is a drive to Table Mountain, just a little west of the city centre. From the top of the mountain, you will get superb views of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

    South Africa is famous for its beaches with Boulders Beach in Cape Town being one of the most popular. A unique landscape of giant granite boulders covers many parts of the beach, which is home to a large colony of penguins. The penguins are quite used to humans, so much so that visitors can actually swim with them in the surf.

    Northeast of Cape Town is another of South Africa's popular cities, Johannesburg. Here you can drive through lion parks with your hire car; the city is also the departure point for many game parks and reserves. Further northeast of Johannesburg is Kruger National Park, one of the most famous national parks in the world. The park is home to more mammal species than any other reserve in Africa, and a must for anyone travelling in the area.

    Licence Requirements

    You must be at least 18 years old to rent a car in South Africa, although the age may vary by car category. You must have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers may have a maximum age limit.

    Tolls and Freeways

    There are some toll highways in South Africa that all use the E-tag system. Drivers must have an e-tag affixed in their vehicle to use the toll roads and avoid hefty fines.

    Border Crossings

    Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on travel to certain countries. Please ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent. Domestic one-ways are permitted although additional fees and minimum rental duration may apply. International one-ways are permitted with selected suppliers and fees will apply.

    Useful Distances

    • Cape Town to Johannesburg (1400km approx.13hr)
    • Johannesburg to Pretoria(55km approx.50min)
    • Kruger National Park to Durbin (900km approx.12hr)

    Car Hire in South Africa with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in South Africa with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top South Africa Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in South Africa. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Cape Town Cape Town Car Hire Johannesburg Johannesburg Car Hire Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Car Hire George George

    South Africa Driving Inspiration

    To make your South Africa self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's South Africa Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in South Africa events and itineraries check out our blog.

    South Africa Driving Guide         South Africa on the Blog                                                      


    We search & compare the best rates and choices with reputable suppliers in South Africa. Our Suppliers are located in major cities. Click here for more information.


    • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth - 760 kms (9 hrs)
    • Cape Town to George - 440 kms (5 hrs)
    • Johannesburg to Durban - 580 kms (6 hrs)
    • Johannesburg to Pretoria - 60 kms (40 mins)


    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 2 years. An International Drivers Licence is reccommended for Australian drivers licence holders.


    Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


    General driving rules, laws and regulations in South Africa;

    • Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road.
    • Pass others on the right hand side of the road.
    • Mobile phones are prohibited while driving.
    • All occupants of the vehicle must wear a seat belt.
    • It is advised that all doors and windows are locked when parked and while driving.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.


    Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle, it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.


    Children under the age of 12 years of age should ride in the back seats of the vehicle wearing a seatbelt or using an appropriate child seat.


    Speed checks are often carried out by police using radarsspeed traps are also used regularly. Below are the speed limits in South Africa, unless signed otherwise:

    • Urban Areas (built up areas): 60km/h
    • Rural Areas (outside towns): 100km/h
    • Motorways: 120km/h


    Driving under the influence is illegal, any one found to be over the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.02mg/100ml will be fined and may be arrested.


    There are a number of South African National Roads where tolls exist. Tolls are payable by cash, credit cards (South African issued), Garage Cars or Petrol Cars (South African issued), Fleet Cars (South African issued).


    If you understood the road signs in the European Countries, understanding the signs in South Africa shouldn't be a problem. Although some signs are quite unique within the country with differences such as colour, shape, typeface or arrows.

    • Regulatory Signs are used to indicate a regulation applicable in the interests of road safety, such as traffic signals, stop signs, speed limits signs or yield signs.
    • Warning Signs are used to warn drivers of potential hazards or dangerous situations along the road way.
    • Information Signs provide assistance to motorists on navigation's around South Africa's road network and attractions.
    • Road Markings painted on the road surface, generally in white, yellow or red like road signs must be followed.


    As a general rule, it is always considered best to park in a multi-story or a shopping centre / store car park. Most of these will be barrier-entry with a pay-by-ticket system, and will have security staff on duty in the car parks. If you park on the street, most parking is charged, and some may have coin meters for each bay, with a timer system, so make sure you have the coins to pay. Some bays will be pay and display. If you're parking on the streets, always look for a parking bay. And bear in mind that in South Africa it's illegal to park facing in the wrong direction so if you see a bay on the right hand side of the road, you can't cross over and park facing the traffic.


    Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting South Africa:

    • Australian passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. Contact the High Commission for the Republic of South Africa for additional information regarding visas.
    • A valid passport is required, with at-least 30 days validity from the date of departure from South Africa.
    • A return/onward travel ticket/itinerary is required.


    There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tires or snow chains. However, driving in winter conditions may be hazardous for the unprepared driver. Although South Africa is not as well known for extreme winter, such conditions may be extremely hazardous and many drivers might need to consider driving in situations where they do not feel confident.

    Top South Africa Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in South Africa. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Cape Town Cape Town Car Hire Johannesburg Johannesburg Car Hire Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Car Hire George George
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