South Africa

Daily Car Hire Rates in South Africa

  • Mini

    Chevrolet Spark
    4 |
    1 |
    5 |
    From € 11.54
  • Economy

    Volkswagen Polo
    5 |
    3 |
    5 |
    From € 12.68
  • Compact

    Nissan Almera
    5 |
    3 |
    5 |
    From € 15.13
  • Standard

    Toyota Corolla Quest
    5 |
    4 |
    4 |
    From € 23.88
  • Van / minivan

    Toyota Avanza
    6 |
    2 |
    5 |
    From € 27.38

*daily rates in South Africa based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

Renting a car in South Africa is an ideal way to get around this vast country. Our vehicle pick up points are located in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, as well as many others including the biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg. Whether you are travelling for business purposes or for pleasure, we can supply you with a vehicle to suit your budget and requirements.

Rhino was voted Best on the Road in 2018, Best Car Hire Website in 2010 and shortlisted in 2013, 2016 and 2017 at the Travolution Awards in London, we continually strive to deliver you the best prices on your car rentals. We do this by comparing prices across all the main rental suppliers such as Dollar, Avis and Thrifty to get you the cheapest price possible. Our simple to use and secure booking engine takes only a few moments to provide you with a quote, so why not try a quote today and see how cheap our prices are.
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.

Customer questions about South Africa car hire

Hi, I would like to rent a car, pay for the rental and full damage cover online. Will I have any other costs on collection of the car? Also, I am 25, is there an extra fee for my age?

They will require a excess deposit on your credit card when you collect the vehicle in case of damage/theft of the vehicle, but you should incur no other extra costs. The age 25 is fine.

My manager would like to hire a car from today until the 31st of this month, will it be possible to add an additional driver. He is looking at the Kia Picanto and we need to know the physical address for pick up point?

If you click BOOK on the car, on the next page it gives you the pick up address, Centurion Centurion Lake Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Avenue, Verwoerdburg.

Fiona I already got a quotation from Rhino but it is not specific that the insurance cover that I requested is a no excess cover. Does Rhino have such a cover so that you pay for the cover and the is no amount that is blocked in your credit card for excess.

Hello, we do offer a Full Protection insurance policy however you are still required to leave the rental deposit (blocked on your card) at the rental desk. The only way to avoid this is to accept the rental agents own policy, however this is likely to be more expensive.

South Africa Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • South Africa which is officially known as the Republic of South Africa is a state which comprises of nine provinces.
  • Out of the world's 17 listed megadiverse countries, South Africa is ranked sixth.
  • There are eleven official languages in South Africa including Afrikaans, English, Swazi and Zulu.
  • The currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).
  • The South African national rugby union team is nicknamed the Springboks.
  • It's Illegal to not stop for animals and livestock crossing the road - See Weird Driving Laws
Fuel Prices in South Africa by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2019 0.94 0.87
Dec , 2018 1.07 0.99
Nov , 2018 1.11 1.04
Oct , 2018 1.03 1.00
Sep , 2018 0.91 0.90
Aug , 2018 0.98 0.96

South Africa Mini Guide

South Africa is a huge country located at the southern most tip of the continent of Africa and hiring a car is advised if you want to get around and see what this incredibly diverse nation has to offer.  From South Africa there are many borders you can cross to see the surrounding countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The opening times of these borders are often extended during South African national holidays and you can obtain a full list of entry ports or any additional information from the South African Border Information Service by contacting them on +27 (0)86 026-7337.

The South African roads which connect the major cities are for the most part very good. These include the N1 running from Cape Town through Johannesburg and Pretoria up to Harare and Zimbabwe. The N2 runs from Cape Town to Durban passing through the world-famous Garden Route near Knysna, while the N3 goes between Durban and Johannesburg.  When driving all distances are measured in kilometres and fuel is sold by the litre. There is also the option of buying a car in South Africa and having the rental company buy it back from you.

South Africa Cape town N1

Driving is on the left. One of the unusual rules of the road is the four way stop junctions. At these the car which stops first has right of way. Turning at traffic lights is illegal and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. It is forbidden to talk on a mobile phone while driving. The roads can be dangerous in South Africa, especially at night. Drivers often disobey road rules and you must watch out for pedestrians and cyclists doing the unexpected. There is even a chance of running into wild animals on the roads.

South Africa baboons on road

If you are in the suburbs of Johannesburg beware that cars may try to box you in so that they can perform a hijack. You should leave some room between you and the vehicle in front to be safe rather than sorry. Also, wherever you can refrain from leaving any valuable belongings on show in your car. Speed limits on highways are 120kph, 100kph on major roads outside towns, 80kph in built-up areas in towns and 60kph in towns. There are a few toll roads in South Africa and these generally have emergency telephones should you need them.

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    ZAR  12.92/Ltr

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Fuel Prices in South Africa

  • Price of petrol in South Africa in January

    € 0.87/Ltr

    ($ 1.07/Ltr | ZAR 12.92/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in South Africa in January

    € 0.94/Ltr

    ($ 1.15/Ltr | ZAR 13.96/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in South Africa in January

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 34.80  ($ 42.62) | € 37.60  ($ 46.04)
Compact € 34.80  ($ 42.62) | € 37.60  ($ 46.04)
Full Size € 43.50  ($ 53.27) | € 47.00  ($ 57.55)
SUV € 52.20  ($ 63.92) | € 56.40  ($ 69.07)
Carrier € 60.90  ($ 74.58) | € 65.80  ($ 80.58)

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Other Car Hire Locations in South Africa

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Car Hire Cape Town

Mini 5 4 1 from €11.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €15.1 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €12.7 per day

Car Hire Durban

Mini 5 4 1 from €11.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €14.8 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €13.3 per day

Car Hire Johannesburg

Mini 5 4 1 from €11.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €14.0 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €12.7 per day

Car Hire Pretoria

Mini 5 4 1 from €11.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €14.8 per day
Economy 5 5 3 from €13.3 per day

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Many visitors to South Africa choose to hire a car as it is probably the simplest and most comfortable method of getting around and seeing this beautiful country. All of our cars have fully comprehensive insurance with waivers for collision damage (CDW) and vehicle theft as well as liability cover. There is also a wide range of optional added extras you can add onto your booking such as child seats, booster seats, sat nav and luggage rack. You might like to share the driving with somebody else, in which case you can take the option of adding on an additional driver. Our rental cars come with air conditioning if you need it, which would be advisable in a very hot country like South Africa.

We can also arrange one way car hire in South Africa to suit your needs.

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