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South Africa Car Hire

Car hire: South Africa

See more of South Africa, your way

South Africa is home to some of the world's most exciting road trips, and hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore on your own terms. With the flexibility of car hire you can experience some of the must-see destinations of South Africa, from the wildlife of Kruger National Park to the scenic Garden Route, and the spectacular beauty of Cape Town.

Get ready to truly immerse yourself in the colours, cultures and characters of South Africa. 


Partnered with Hertz, rent a car in South Africa and begin the adventure of a lifetime, navigating the legendary mountain ranges and coastlines that this beautiful nation is famous for!

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Whether hitting the game reserves in a 4x4, touring the cities or making tracks to the penguin beaches on the outskirts of Cape Town, the easiest, most fun (and happily, best-value) way to tick South Africa off your bucket list is undoubtedly behind the wheel.

We've highlighted some key routes to get you started but believe us, there's plenty more road trips to discover. So what are you waiting for?


Garden Route

This classic route takes you through some of the most sublime landscapes anywhere in Southern Africa. Begin in Cape Town, before journeying into the captivating beauty of South Africa’s charming winelands and on to the coastal town of Hermanus. Spend some time in the Karoo region before travelling back along the breathtaking Garden Route, where Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the stunning beauty of the Tsitsikamma National Park await.

Western Cape

Consider taking a few days to explore Cape Town, then trundle down to Hermanus to go whale spotting or get closer to a Great White on a cage dive before catching the scenic Route 62 through the Karoo desert. After all that driving, climb into a 4x4 and let your game ranger take over – it is definitely time to go on safari. We have a great choice of lodges that put on day and night safaris so you'll never run out of things to keep you busy in the great outdoors!


The Winelands stretch far and wide from Cape Town, but for us the main routes are around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Although Stellenbosch is a traditional Cape Dutch town, it has a large university so feels very youthful and fun. A bit further on Franschhoek has a traditional, upmarket French village feel, and our own Sir Richard Branson even has a hotel here. 

Key things to know

  1. In South Africa they drive on the left side of the road, just like us
  2. All signposts are in English
  3. There are both roundabouts and 4-way stops; like in the US, the first to arrive has priority
  4. When filling the tank at a petrol station, there’s no need to get out of the car - an attendant will handle it for you. Ps: it’s also customary to tip a small amount such as 20 Rand for the service
  5. The speed limit is 120kph/75mph on main roads, rural roads 100kph/60mph, residential and built up roads 60kph/35mph
  6. As you would in the UK, plan your route ahead and don’t leave valuables in the car (it's best to keep them out of sight)
  7. Not all tolls are cashless, remember to keep some money with you
  8. Choice of automatic and manual cars
  9. Remember to download offline Google Maps as phone reception can be sketchy in areas

All ready booked?

Why not visit our South Africa page for inspiration on where you may want to take your rental car. Or take a look at our top flydrive deals in Cape Town and Johannesburg to find your perfect road trip holiday.

SA flydrive

Flydrive deals

We have a range of Flydrives available across South Africa, from the dramatic Panorama Route to the stunning natural mountain ranges of the Western Cape. Or if a safari is on your list, start in Cape Town then take a meandering drive along the famous Garden Route ending in one of our wonderful game reserves.

Check our Flydrive deals or use the search bar above to find your perfect holiday.

Get your car hire sorted out as part of a South Africa holiday package and you’ve got everything you need for the ultimate driver's dream... What are you waiting for? Get that engine revved up and get going!


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