Rent a cheap car in South Africa with VIPCars
|Minimum age to rent a car:||At least 21 years|
|One way car hire:||The option is available|
|Minimum rental period:||1 day|
Discover the picture-perfect locations in South Africa with a budget-friendly car rental; affordable rent-a-car in South Africa is now within your reach with VIP Cars! Hiring a car in South Africa gives you the utmost comfort of planning your trip on your own terms & schedule. Be it an excursion trip, some famous game reserve, or a day trip to a bustling metropolitan or beach area, using a rental car stands heads and shoulder above other alternate commuting options.
Car rental advice and useful information
- South Africans call traffic lights 'robots’ like in most of Africa.
- It is generally cheaper to rent a car at least three months before high season, just give us a call and our support team will help you find the deal you are looking for.
- South Africa is termed as the year-round destination, but if you are visiting in summers, make sure that your rental car has air-conditioning.
- You will find many people in SA which call themselves car-guards, and though they can be helpful, keep in mind that they are not regulated by the government, so be careful.
Our top car rental partner companies in South Africa
Working with well-established car rental brands in South Africa, we offer best deals at lowest prices. These suppliers of ours have their car hire stations in almost all big cities and airport locations within the country & thus, with us and our suppliers, the option of one-way is also available for a small per day fee.
The following are the car rental agencies we work with in South Africa:
- First Car Rental
- Tempest Car Hire
Best type of car to rent in South Africa
"Which car will be best for your trip?", the answer to the question totally depends on your travel needs. The presence of so many suppliers allows us to offer a big fleet of cars for hire in South Africa. On our booking engine you can expect to find all from 4x4s to luxury cars, economy cars, compacts, convertibles and minivans; all available at a range of prices, thanks to our partners! While compacts and sedans are apt for travelers who want to keep their explorations to the city, convertibles are best for coastal drives and so on. Big group can also rent 7, 9, and 12 seater cars on our website. The following are the car types you can expect to find while conducting a search for car hire in South Africa on our website:
Explore South Africa in a rental car
Spread across a massive landmass covering southernmost Africa, the Republic of South Africa is famous for its splendid coastline. Besides a diverse geography, the country is known for its remarkable Big Five: Rhino, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, and Lion. Explore the world-famous game reserves or biological preserves, including the Kruger National Park, or drive to any of the famous tourism hotspots like Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. Other worth mentioning tourist places include – Pietermaritzburg, Mpumalanga, Upington, Ballito Bay, and George.
Tourist Attractions in South Africa
There is surely no end to places to see and visit with a car rental in South Africa.
Besides the world-famous Kruger National Park, there are several other beautifully preserved game reserves like Augrabies Falls National Park, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and Mountain Zebra National Park among others.
World Heritage Sites
South Africa is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You would come across various archaeological, cultural, geological, and historical sites spread across the length and breadth of the country. Notable names include - Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, Robben Island, and Vredefort Dome.
Popular SA cross country car rentals booked on VIP Cars
With us, you can request cross country rental cars but for that you will have to pay a fee and will have to confirm with the supplier before booking the rental car. Here are a few popular cross country trips travelers take from SA:
Car hire South Africa to Zimbabwe
Car hire South Africa to Mozambique
Car hire South Africa to Namibia
Car hire South Africa to Botswana
Car hire South Africa to Swaziland
Car hire South Africa to Zambia
Driving Rules in South Africa
VIP Cars recommends reviewing of basic driving rules before you drive out in South Africa in your hired car.
- Traffic moves on the left-hand-side of the road in South Africa.
- Wearing seatbelts is mandatory.
- Drunken driving and mobile phone usage while driving is prohibited.
- While speed limit for the major highway is 75mph, it varies from 35mph-60mph for residential areas and rural roads.
Frequently asked questions
What do you need to rent a car in South Africa?
To rent a car in South Africa, you need a driver’s license, a credit card and an identity proof. The driver license needs to be valid and full irrespective of the issuing country as any driver – whether a US citizen, a Canadian or a UAE resident – can drive a rental car in SA. In addition to this, a credit card is one of the main documents the renters need to produce at the time of pick-up as it is the preferred means of payment by almost all companies. Last, but not the least, you need to have an identity proof preferably your passport.
Do I need an international driver's license in South Africa?
It is not required if your driver's license is in English. If it is in some foreign language the suppliers ask for the IDP as the mandatory document; this is because in case of unlikely events like accidents the police officer will not be able to understand the information and will not be able to fill the accident form. And this accident form is essential as you will have to submit it at the rental desk at the time of return so that you can apply for refund. Hence do carry your IDP; read the deal specific T&Cs for more information.
How much does it cost to rent a car in South Africa?
The cost of the rental car depends on the car-type you are renting and the location where you are going to pick the vehicle. Economy, intermediate and compacts are the cheapest to rent whereas other cars are relatively more costly. The cost may be a bit high if you are a young driver as you will have to pay the young driver’s surcharge; same is the case when it comes to one-way rentals, in this case you pay a small per day fee for the service.
Can I rent a car in South Africa without a credit card?
Though majority of car hire companies in South Africa ask for a credit card as the preferred mode of payment at the rental desk – they need it to block the refundable safety amount – call us & we will help you in finding the car that you can book using a debit card or cash.
Can I rent a car with zero excess in South Africa?
Give us a call and we will help you find a car in SA with zero excess.