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Discover South Africa by car

Covering a huge swathe of land, washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans, South Africa has enormous wealth above and below ground, making it one of the richest natural storehouses on the planet.

With staggeringly beautiful rural areas such as the Cape Winelands, the towering dunes of the Wild Coast, the magnificent game parks of Kruger and Zululand, and the Kalahari and Karoo deserts, barren for much of the year but a carpet of flowers in spring, the possibilities for tourists are endless.

Vineyards in the Cape region of South Africa Wildlife in the Kruger National Park, South Africa The Transkei Wild Coast area of South Africa Zulu Natives in South Africa
Cape Winelands Kruger National Park Wild Coast Zululand
  The Kalahari Desert, South Africa The Karoo desert, South Africa  
  Kalahari Karoo  

Alternatively, visit sophisticated cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, or charming historic towns like Stellenbosch or Pietermaritzburg.

Johannesburg, South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Durban, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg Pretoria Durban Cape Town
  Stellenbosch, South Africa Pietermaritzburg, South Africa  
  Stellenbosch Pietermaritzburg  

One of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa at the moment is Robben Island. This is where former president Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for almost 20 years. Other attractions not be missed include The Big Hole, Augrabies Falls, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The Big Hole Kimberley, South Africa The Augrabies Falls, South Africa Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
"The Big Hole" Augrabies Falls Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Car hire is strongly recommended when touring South Africa. It is important to consider some factors when deciding which car rental company to use. The first being mileage restrictions. When driving in South Africa you are probably going to cover a large distance and unlimited mileage is a must. All Custom Car Hire South African car rental quotes include unlimited mileage as standard as well as all insurance, taxes, location fees, airport charges and tourism levy's. Standard rates include an excess however quotations are available with a Reduced Excess and also Zero Excess.

Vehicles can be collected from all major airports and selected downtown offices including Boksburg, Cape Town, Claremont, Durban, Hoedspruit, Johannesburg, Kempton Park and more. Delivery and collection may also be available at a location which suits you such as your hotel or villa. A small delivery charge may apply so be sure to ask when making your booking. Why not get an instant quote now and see for yourself that we really do have some of the most competitive car rental rates available in South Africa.

Some Useful Websites For South Africa

  • Cape Villa is a Camps Bay bed and breakfast guesthouse, as well as offering stunning Camps Bay luxury apartments.

  • Hidden Vintage - Luxury African travel, accommodation and tours offered by Hidden Vintage, your source for quality vacations and holidays.
  • Cultural Tours South Africa Culture - Vuya Africa - Vuya Africa offers cultural tours to South Africa. Experience South Africa's diverse culture for yourself.

  • David's Bed and Breakfast offers Cape Town guest house accommodation and self catering apartments, combining classic style with modern chic in trendy Green Point, Cape Town.
  • Blackheath Lodge is easy to find and a treat when you find it. Click on our link for further details.
  • Table Mountain Lodge offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Cape Town and is a gracious homestead nestled on the slopes of Signal Hill with breathtaking views of Table Mountain.
  • South Africa - Immigration Services - Travel, Tourism, Real Estate, Property, Holiday Accommodations - The Ultimate Guide for immigration to South Africa, SA work permits and visas. Including South African Business, South African Real Estate, South African Property, Translations, Legal Advice, Insurance and Holiday accommodations.
  • MNANDI LODGE B&B  - Cape Town A small, high quality establishment catering to the discerning traveller and dedicated to offering personalised service in a relaxed environment. Visit our site to for instant on-line availability and bookings

Terms & Conditions For Car Hire In South Africa

The below Terms & Conditions are "General" terms for car hire in South Africa. You should refer to the Terms & Conditions of your particular quotation as they will differ between Rental Companies.

  • VAT/TAX is subject to change in accordance with Government Legislation in which case all of our rates will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Vehicles are rented subject to the relevant rental company's standard Terms & Conditions as indicated on the Rental Agreement which you must sign on collection of your vehicle and are subject to change.

  • You should refer to your quotation for total price, inclusions, exclusions and your excess liability (if applicable). If you have any queries regarding your quotation please Contact Us.

  • Drivers must bring along a copy of their Custom Car Hire Confirmation Document in order to ensure that the correct rate is charged. Failure to do so may result in an incorrect rate being charged on collection which can not be rectified later.

  • Daily rates are calculated on a 24 hour basis from the moment you collect your vehicle.

  • Vehicles returned with excessive dirt will be valet cleaned and the bill charged to the renter.

Factors Which Negate Insurance Cover

  • Gross negligence.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

  • Unauthorised persons driving the vehicle.

  • Unauthorised cross border rentals.

  • Not adhering to traffic, road and driving regulations.

  • Unsuitable driving or road conditions.

  • No other vehicle is involved in collision unless exceptional circumstances apply.

  • Not reporting the collision to the rental company and the nearest Police Station.

  • Failure to obtain authorisation from the rental company to extend the pre-booked rental period.

  • Failure in reporting the loss of the vehicle to the relevant rental company within 6 hours in the event of theft.

  • Failure to produce the vehicle keys in case of theft unless exceptional circumstances apply.

  • Not reporting exact details of the last known location of the vehicle prior to theft.

Driving Licence Requirements & Age Limits

  • All drivers MUST produce a full, clean driving licence valid in their country of residence. In the case of the UK PhotoCard style licence, BOTH parts must be produced. Old style UK licence (which do show endorsements) will be valid until the expiry date or until drivers details change. When producing this licence a passport or another form of photographic ID must be produced. An International Driving Licence is not required unless the standard licence is not in the Roman Alphabet, in which case an International Licence is needed as translation.

  • You should refer to the Terms & Conditions of your quotation regarding age limits as this condition varies between the various rental companies we operate with in South Africa.

What To Do In The Event Of A Breakdown

  • Remain calm and contact the Emergency Breakdown number located on your Rental Agreement. The rental company will assist further with instances such as Minor Mechanical Assistance, Flat Tyre Assistance, Battery Jump Start, Vehicle Lockout Service, Emergency Fuel Delivery, Winching Services & Towing Services.

  • Renters are requested not to replace or repair any vehicle parts unless authorised by the relevant rental company. Renters who fail to get prior authorisation from the rental company will not be reimbursed for expenses incurred.

What To Do In The Event Of An Accident

  • Remain calm and make sure that everyone involved is okay. If anyone needs medical attention then contact the emergency services immediately.

  • Contact the local police in order to complete an accident report form and obtain a Police Case Number.

  • Contact the branch from where you collected your vehicle and they will advise further steps.

Traffic Fines

  • Should you incur a traffic fine while driving the rented vehicle then this fine will be charged to your credit card along with a Fine Handling Fee. Please note that it can take up to 3 months for the rental company to receive the fine from the Authorities and charge the driver.

Cross Border Travelling

  • Most car rental companies in South Africa will permit you to drive the vehicle into Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland & Mozambique (a fee may apply). Some vehicles may not be permitted to enter certain countries so you should refer to the Terms & Conditions of your particular quotation.

  • Vehicles are not permitted to enter Angola, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

  • A letter of Authorisation must be obtained when collecting your rental car if you intend to travel to other countries.

  • All cross border documentation must be left in the vehicle glove compartment or handed to a rental company representative.

  • A penalty fee may apply if cross border documentation can be produced/found.

  • The rental company will not be held responsible for any driver who is refused entry into another country.

Special Equipment

  • Special equipment is available on request and includes infant seats, booster seats, GPS Navigation Systems, cell phones and satellite phones. All special equipment is payable locally unless specified as "included" in your Custom Car Hire Confirmation Document.

Extra Drivers & Young Drivers

  • Extra drivers may be added to your rental agreement. All additional drivers must produce their driving licence on collection of the vehicle. Your quotation may include free extra drivers so please refer to your particular Terms & Conditions.

  • Each of our rental partners in South Africa have different rules regarding Younger Drivers and different surcharges therefore you should refer to the Terms & Conditions of your quotation for the actual charges.

Contract Fee

  • A Contract Fee is charged for each rental and is ALWAYS included in our rates.

Deposits For Excess & Fuel

  • A deposit for the applicable amount of excess and fuel is required upon commencement of your rental. The deposit is to cover any over-stay etc.

  • A credit card in the name of the Main Driver is ESSENTIAL irrespective of the Rate Product you select. The rental company will refuse to release the vehicle if this condition is not met.

  • Vehicles are supplied with a full of fuel and should be returned full. Alternatively, you can purchase a full tank of fuel from the rental company and return as close to empty as possible - no refunds will be given for unused fuel should this option be taken.

  • Credit Cards are NOT accepted at petrol stations in South Africa, only cash.

One Way Rentals

  • One way rentals are available however the price will NOT be included in your quotation therefore you should contact us and we will advise on the price.

Delivery & Collection

  • It may be possible for the rental company to deliver your vehicle and collect it again at the end of your rental from the likes of hotels, villas, camp sites etc. Prices will vary depending on distances so please contact us with the details and we will let you know the price associated with your request, then you can decide whether or not to proceed.


Please bear in mind that the Terms & Conditions above are General Guidelines for renting a car in South Africa. When you get a quotation from us you will be able to view the actual Terms & Conditions which will apply to your rental as some of the basic charges (baby seats, young driver fee, cross border rules, extra driver charge etc) do vary between the various rental companies we work with in South Africa.

If you have any questions/queries regarding the Terms & Conditions which apply to your rental then please feel free to Contact Us and we'll do our very best to help you.


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