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Car Hire in East London, South Africa: Guide


East London, often regarded as the gateway to South Africa's stunning Wild Coast, is a harmonious blend of urban vibrancy and coastal tranquility. Whether it's the allure of unspoiled beaches, the echoes of Xhosa culture, or the thrill of local wildlife, renting a car in East London, South Africa places these treasures at your fingertips.

Why Hire a Car in East London, South Africa?

  1. Experience the Wild Coast: Traverse the breathtaking routes along South Africa's eastern coastline, dotted with lagoons, cliffs, and traditional rondavels.
  2. Flexibility: Forget the constraints of public transport. Venture out to local attractions like the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve when the urge strikes.
  3. Car Options: Whether you're seeking rugged 4x4 adventures or urban excursions, East London's car hire services have got you covered.

Essential Information:

  • Drive on the Left: Following British tradition, South Africa drives on the left side of the road.

  • License: If you possess an English-language driving license, you're good to go. However, if your license isn't in English, pair it with an International Driving Permit (IDP).

  • Age Considerations: Typically, drivers need to be 25 or older, though this can vary. Younger drivers might face additional fees.

  • Insurance: For comprehensive coverage against potential damages or theft, consider taking out additional insurance.

Discover East London, South Africa and Beyond: Routes & Recommendations:

  1. Coastal Wonders: Drive down to Nahoon Beach, famed for its boardwalk, dunes, and surf-friendly waves. It's just a short drive from the city center.

  2. Wildlife Encounters: A little over 30 minutes by car, the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve offers the chance to spot the Big Five in their natural habitat.

  3. Cultural Experiences: Journey to the Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village, less than an hour's drive, to immerse in Xhosa traditions, dance, and cuisine.

  4. Scenic Adventures: Navigate the Jikeleza Route, exploring coastal villages, craft markets, and hidden coves.

Practical Tips for Driving in East London, South Africa

  • Road Conditions: Major routes are in good condition. However, if you venture off the beaten track, especially along the Wild Coast, be prepared for gravel roads. A 4x4 might be advisable.

  • Tolls: Some highways have tolls. Carry cash or a card, as both are typically accepted.

  • Parking: East London offers a mix of free parking, street parking, and paid parking lots. Always lock your car and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.

Reserving Your Car:

  1. Book Ahead: For a broader selection and competitive rates, consider booking your car hire online before your trip.

  2. On-Site Rentals: East London's airport and city center host numerous car rental agencies for on-the-spot reservations.

  3. Keep Documents Ready: When picking up your rental, have your driving license, ID or passport, and booking confirmation handy.

Closing Thoughts:

Renting a car in East London, South Africa is your ticket to unearthing the myriad wonders of South Africa's eastern cape, from its rugged coasts to its rich heritage. With the open road before you, adventure beckons at every turn. Safe travels as you craft your unique South African story!

Current Rental Rates in East London

Datsun Go

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.36 EUR/day
Datsun Go

7 Days rental at 163.52 EUR from 17/06/2024

  1 |
  Manual |

Hyundai i20

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 29.05 EUR/day
Hyundai i20

7 Days rental at 203.39 EUR from 17/06/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.05 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 203.39 EUR from 17/06/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at East London: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Explore the stunning beaches of East London, such as Nahoon Beach and Gonubie Beach, perfect for surfing and relaxation.
  • Drive through the scenic Amathole Mountain Range for breathtaking views and outdoor activities.
  • Visit the East London Museum to discover the coelacanth and other natural and cultural histories.
  • Take a trip to the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve to experience a safari and see the Big Five.
  • Enjoy a leisurely drive along the Wild Coast, starting from East London, for unique landscapes and rural Xhosa culture.


East London - Popular Destinations

  • Port Elizabeth: 192 miles (approximately 309 km) 
  • Grahamstown: 80 miles (approximately 128 km) 
  • Hogsback: 81 miles (approximately 130 km) 
  • Chintsa: 19 miles (approximately 31 km) 
  • Mthatha: 138 miles (approximately 222 km) 

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Average prices per day in East London

January€ 54
February€ 70
March€ 59
April€ 46
May€ 49
June€ 51
July€ 51
August€ 52
September€ 46
October€ 45
November€ 49
December€ 53
January€ 36
February€ 44
March€ 41
April€ 31
May€ 34
June€ 36
July€ 34
August€ 37
September€ 35
October€ 34
November€ 36
December€ 37
January€ 99
February€ 139
March€ 112
April€ 88
May€ 103
June€ 104
July€ 111
August€ 102
September€ 113
October€ 105
November€ 96
December€ 129
January€ 71
February€ 84
March€ 74
April€ 58
May€ 60
June€ 63
July€ 63
August€ 65
September€ 61
October€ 63
November€ 64
December€ 74
January€ 90
February€ 102
March€ 71
April€ 72
May€ 76
June€ 80
July€ 60
August€ 165
September€ 133
October€ 149
November€ 67
January€ 29
February€ 35
March€ 32
April€ 23
May€ 25
June€ 27
July€ 25
August€ 27
September€ 25
October€ 24
November€ 28
December€ 29
January€ 122
February€ 156
March€ 128
April€ 100
May€ 103
June€ 108
July€ 94
August€ 99
September€ 89
October€ 90
November€ 99
December€ 126
January€ 78
February€ 101
March€ 90
April€ 66
May€ 68
June€ 83
July€ 78
August€ 69
September€ 76
October€ 70
November€ 82
December€ 85

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