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Renting a car in Africa

Search and compare deals on car hire in Africa with Rhinocarhire.com, book rental cars from leading African car rental agents at the lowest prices. And that's a promise.

Search Africa Car Hire by A-Z

We arrange car rentals from all of the most visited locations across the African continent. Search for car rental from any of the locations below, or search from north African countries from our MENA directory. We work closely with all of the leading car rental agents in Africa including Avis, Dollar and Thrifty as well as some of the regions most trusted local suppliers such as Bidvest and Tempest.

Most Popular Airport Car Hire Locations in Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest car hire in Africa?

You can rent a car in Africa from as little as £12 ($15 USD) per day from major pick up points like Cape Town Airport. More remote locations will charge considerably more

What is the best car rental agent in Africa?

Of the internationally recognised rental agents in Africa, Avis as the best rental agent in Africa according to our customers who awarded them a customer satisfaction score of 8.2/10, however the local favourite in South Africa, Bidvest achieved a score of 8.5/10, however are not available in all countries in Africa.

How much is car rental in Africa?

Economy car rental in Africa starts from £12 per day, expect to around double that for a full size and upwards of £50 for an SUV or 4x4 rental. Minivans (7+ seat) are available and prices start from around £60 ($75 USD) per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Africa?

The Renault Duster is likely the most popular rental car in South Africa. An entry level SUV, the Renault Duster is well stocked across many rental agent's fleets throughout Africa offering great value for the increasing popularity of SUV rental in Africa.

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Tips for renting a car in Africa

What side of the road to drive?

Most of the major car rental locations in Africa drive on the left-hand side of the road, much like the UK and Australia. South Africa, the largest car rental market in Africa is a left-hand drive country. A useful tip, if the steering wheel is on the left hand side of the car, you drive on the right hand side of the road and visa-versa.

Are there roundabouts?

Often referred to as ‘traffic-circles’ roundabouts are increasingly being used in Africa, particularly as roads become busier to ease congestion. Replacing cross-roads and intersections, roundabouts follow the same rules as elsewhere in the world, priority is always to the vehicles on the roundabout, approach with caution and join the roundabout when safe to do so.

Are there traffic lights?

Major cities in Africa are increasingly turning to traffic lights and traffic light-controlled junctions. Whilst this may not seem new to those in major towns and cities, particularly in South Africa where the road networks are well established and generally of a very high standard, poorer Africa countries have only recently started installing traffic lights.

What are the speed limits?

Speed limits are generally in kph in Africa with South Africa, the most visited country having a maximum highway speed limit of 120kph. Speed limits are generally lower in less developed countries as road conditions are poor.

What do I need to know when driving with children?

Suitable child restraint systems should be used when driving with children in Africa at all times. Africa has some of the poorest standards of road safety in the world so ensuring the safety of children when renting a car is essential.

What are the drinking and driving laws?

South Africa has a drink drive limit of 0.05% BAC, there is limited data available on other nations.

Are there toll roads?

South Africa has toll roads across the motorway network and between most major towns and cities. Tolls can be paid by cash or card.

Most Popular Car Rental in Africa

Most popular car rental agents;

  • Avis - 8.2/10
  • Bidvest - 8.5/10
  • Budget - 7.9/10
  • Hertz - 7.4/10
  • Tempest - 8.2/10 
  • Thrifty - 6.9/10

Most popular rental car models;

  • Volkswagen Polo (economy)
  • Toyota Corolla (compact)
  • Renault Duster (SUV)
  • Toyota Fortuner (4x4)
  • Toyota Avanza (7 seat)

Rental Car Stats - Africa

  • Brakpan, South Africa €8.9 per day
  • Mitsubishi Pajero in Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Kenya €426.9 per day
  • €298.69 per week
  • Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 0
  • None
  • Mauritius with 6 convertible cars, most popular Mini Convertible

Agent Stats - Africa

  • 381,381
  • 946
  • 28
  • FIRST, 1,183 cars
  • HERTZ, 133 locations
  • South Africa - 597
  • Cape Town International Airport - 17
  • PINGOUIN CAR, Casa Florida Hotel 46 mins

Car Rental Review Stats - Africa

  • BUDGET, 9,673 reviews with avg score of 7.7/10
  • JUMBO CAR, 9.0/10 highest score

Rental Location Stats - Africa

  • 7,228
  • Cape Town International Airport, 174 cars
  • Stellenbosch, 120 cars