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    Car Hire South Africa

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

    Book With the Top Car Hire Suppliers in South Africa

    In order to provide our clients with the best possible car hire experience, Auto Europe works with the top, trusted suppliers in the industry. Our unique relationships with these suppliers allows us to offer our clients the lowest rates on car hires, guaranteed. At our convenient pick-up locations in South Africa we work with suppliers such as Avis and Hertz and offer even more transportation options including luxury hires and passenger vans. No matter what your travel plans entail, Auto Europe has vehicles to accommodate nearly all travel plans. Compare rates from our top car hire suppliers in South Africa in a our booking engine and begin planning your next holiday.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Car in South Africa

    Can I hire a car without a credit card in South Africa?

    Drivers without a credit card can still hire a car in South Africa. Auto Europe works with suppliers who allow alternative payment methods, such as debit card payment, and our reservation specialists are available to help our clients book their car hire in South Africa at 1300-656-601.

    Contact Auto Europe - South AfricaDo I need an international driver's permit (IDP) to drive in South Africa?

    An international driver's permit (IDP) is required to drive in South Africa. While some car hire suppliers may not require an IDP to drive your car hire off the lot, Auto Europe still recommends an IDP as there is a chance that some local police officers may issue a ticket to international drivers without an IDP, in the event that you are pulled over.

    Why book a car hire in South Africa with Auto Europe?

    When travelling in South Africa, Auto Europe offers the best rates on car hires and more for our clients. We are proud to boast over 60 years of experience in the car hire industry, 24,000 pick-up locations throughout the world and 24/7 live customer service, giving all travellers many reasons to book with Auto Europe.


    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.

    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. For additional information on driving in South Africa, we encourage our clients to refer to our South Africa Driving Information page.

    Standard Inclusions

    Auto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection in the South Africa car hire 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 hire.

    Licence Requirements

    You must be at least 18 years old to hire 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 hire. Domestic one-ways are permitted although additional fees and minimum hire 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 Durban (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.


    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.

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    Additional Transportation Options in South Africa

    Regardless of where you plans in South Africa take you, Auto Europe has the ideal mode of transportation for all travellers. With the guaranteed best rates in the car hire industry, we take pride in providing our clients with this exceptional value. While we are known for our unmatched rates on traditional car hires, we additional offers rates on luxury, motorhome, van hires and more - so, our clients can ensure that they have the ideal vehicle for their travel plans. Compare rates in our booking engine and save today!

    Luxury Car Hire South Africa
    Luxury Car Hire South Africa -  Seeking a premium travel experience during your time in South Africa? Consider a luxury car hire with Auto Europe for stylish and comfortable vehicles from manufacturers such as Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, and more. Compare rates and find the ideal vehicle for your travel plans in South Africa!
    Van Hire South Africa
    Van Hire South Africa -  If a traditional car hire doesn't have enough space for your travel party, consider Auto Europe's fantastic rates on van hires. We offer small, medium and large vans, so whether you are enjoying South Africa in a large group or need to transport sizable luggage - Auto Europe has you covered. In our booking engine, compare rates, capacity, detailed specs and more.
    Motorhome Hire in South Africa
    South Africa Motorhome Hire -  Offering a unique way to explore and experience South Africa, motorhome hires are on the rise. While behind the wheel of an RV, your travel options have no boundaries. With safe and accommodating locations to pitch throughout, you can make the most of your time when travelling in South Africa and beyond.