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Cheapest car hire in South Africa

Top tips when hiring a car in South Africa

  • Drive on the LEFT side of the road in South Africa, the steering wheel will be on the right side of the car
  • Speed limits are posted in km/h, the maximum in South Africa is 120km/h on highways
  • There are toll roads in South Africa, you can pay by card but we always recommend a small amount of cash
  • Fixed and mobile speed cameras are prevalent in South Africa, stick to the speed limits
  • The alcohol limit to drive in South Africa is 50mg (0.05% BAC), we advise against drinking any alcohol if driving your rental car

South Africa car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in South Africa



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    ZAR  9.95/Ltr

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras


    Hands Free Only

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Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.3/10)


South Africa

Cheap rental ca

Cheap rental car in Cape Town. Found Rhino on Google and seemed to rate well in reviews so happy to book. No problems.

John Ryan


Quick, easy to

Quick, easy to search and book. Never had any problems with any of my bookings or reservations.

John Grayson


I was impressed

I was impressed how easy the process was from ordering on line to getting into my Rhino car


Compare car rental agents in South Africa

Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
€ 9.46
€ 21.04
€ 12.04
€ 43.18
€ 13.47
€ 16.14
€ 31.33
€ 36.29
€ 12.95
€ 18.74
€ 44.93
€ 30.88
€ 14.57
€ 17.43
€ 25.63
€ 39.37
€ 9.04
€ 20.04
€ 11.46
€ 41.18
€ 12.95
€ 18.74
€ 44.93
€ 30.88
€ 9.03
€ 15.19
€ 39.86
€ 9.03
€ 14.55
€ 38.01
 Woodford exclusive rentals
€ 9.03
€ 13.61
€ 22.97
€ 15.55

Car rental agent statistics in South Africa

  • 9.0/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 5.2/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 31,326
    Total number of reviews in
    South Africa
  • 73
    Most Locations in South Africa:
  • 15
    Average wait time
  • 12
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in South Africa

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in South Africa

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2020 0.68 0.67
May , 2020 0.67 0.62
Apr , 2020 0.71 0.67
Mar , 2020 0.80 0.78
Feb , 2020 1.00 0.96
Jan , 2020 1.02 0.99
Dec , 2019 1.03 1.01
Nov , 2019 1.01 0.97
Oct , 2019 1.02 0.98
Sep , 2019 1.00 0.95
Aug , 2019 0.94 0.92
Jul , 2019 1.02 0.98

Car rental price statistics in South Africa

  • € 63.21
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 97.89
    Highest daily price:
    BMW X3
  • 4,823
    Total cars available
  • 311
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Rav4
  • 144
    Location with most cars:
    Durban - Airport - King Shaka
  • € 9.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Pretoria

FAQs about car hire in South Africa

How much does it cost to hire a car in South Africa?

Car hire in South Africa starts from just €9.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Budget. The average price to hire a car in South Africa is just €32.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in South Africa is a BMW X3 car for a (premium) class from Avis costing €97.90 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in South Africa?

We often have special offers on car hire in South Africa including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in South Africa?

Car hire prices in South Africa are kept low thanks to the 10 car hire companies across the country. With over 113 car hire locations and 31,252 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in South Africa.

Who is the best car hire company in South Africa?

Based on over 31,326 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in South Africa Is Avis who score on average 8.3/10 across all locations in South Africa.

What is the most popular car hire location in South Africa?

The most popular locations to hire a car in South Africa is Durban - Airport - King Shaka with 10 car hire companies and 144 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in South Africa?

Current fuel prices in South Africa are €0.67/ltr for petrol and €0.68/ltr for diesel as of 29 June 2020, it’ll cost on average €27 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €27 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in South Africa?

Speed limits in South Africa are in km/h and are generally 60 km/h on urban roads, 100 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in South Africa?

Budget is the cheapest car hire company in South Africa offering a (mini) class car such as the Kia Picanto for as little as €63.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in South Africa?

The most popular car hire category in South Africa is the Toyota Rav4 available from 6 car hire companies in over 103 locations.

Most popular airport car hire locations in South Africa

Popular city car hire locations in South Africa

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.

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.

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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South Africa Factfile

  • 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 more weird driving laws

Is it safe to rent a car in South Africa?

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. Public transport is limited so renting a car is a popular way of getting out and about and it's generally perfectly safe to do so. Some areas of the country and larger cities are wise to avoid, particularly at night, however for the most part you should have no converns at all. We advise checking travel advice from the Foreign Office and take note of advisories around travel in the country.

Fuel Prices in South Africa

  • Price of petrol in South Africa in June

    € 0.67/Ltr

    ($ 0.82/Ltr | 9.95/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in South Africa in June

    € 0.68/Ltr

    ($ 0.83/Ltr | 10.10/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in South Africa in June

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 26.80  ($ 32.82) | € 27.20  ($ 33.31)
Compact € 26.80  ($ 32.82) | € 27.20  ($ 33.31)
Full Size € 33.50  ($ 41.02) | € 34.00  ($ 41.64)
SUV € 40.20  ($ 49.23) | € 40.80  ($ 49.96)
Carrier € 46.90  ($ 57.43) | € 47.60  ($ 58.29)

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