Car Hire South Africa
Excellent car rental services offered for a comfortable trip to South Africa! Check the car rental deals provided by the local and international car rental companies. Have a great holiday in South Africa!
Marvelously situated at the southern tip of the continent Africa, the beautiful country of South Africa is bordered by Botswana and Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. The country has vast territory and varying landscapes, diverse population and as many as eleven official languages. South Africa is famous for being one of the largest producers of gold in the world, as well as wines. It has the strongest economy compared to all other countries on the continent and is an attractive destination for all travelers and nature lovers.
Those that wish to explore the continent can start from South Africa since many flights pass through the airports of the country. The country is a wonderful destination, characterized by interesting culture, rich flora and fauna, as well as impressive history. South Africa is about the fabulous cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, but it also features many rural areas of serious poverty. The country has stable government, well-developed infrastructure and many modern amenities.
The climate in South Africa varies from desert and semi-desert to the northwest and sub-tropical on the eastern coastline. The summer is considered the rainy season and thus more visits are made in the period October – April. The only exception is made by the Western Cape where the rain is typical for the winter season. The winter temperatures in the country are around zero degrees; the summers are very hot and exceed 35°C. The most comfortable way to explore the country is by getting a holiday car hire. The local offices of the national car rentals and the international car rental companies offer tempting car rental deals and an affordable price.
The biggest cities in South Africa
South Africa can be divided into 9 provinces and has around ten big cities that are worth to be visited. There is economy car rental available for easy reach of all those cities:
- Cape Town – that is the legislative capital of the county and also the seat of Parliament. The world-class city is named for its proximity to the Cape of Good Hope. It is placed very close to the winelands of South Africa. Cape Town is among the most beautiful cities in the world, placed between the sea and the Table Mountain. The city is a popular summer holiday destination and can be comfortably seen through the vehicle rental at Cape Town Airport.
- Pretoria – that is the administrative capital of South Africa
- Durban – that is the biggest city in KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest in South Africa. It is also a popular coastal holiday destination for South Africans. Possible car reservation can be made at Durban Airport.
- Johannesburg – that is the economic heart of Africa and also the most common entry point into Southern Africa. The best way to explore it is through the car rental deals offered.
- Newcastle – that is the third largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and the 10th largest in South Africa.
- Bloemfontein – in the city is located the Supreme Court of Appeal, being the highest court in non-constitutional matters.
- Kimberley – that city is the capital of the Northern Cape Province. It is famous for the diamonds.
- Polokwane – that is the capital of Limpopo and a great base for visits to Zimbabwe and to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park.
- Port Elizabeth – that is the coastal city in the Eastern Cape and a gateway to Addo Elephant National Park.
- Upongton – that city is situated in the arid Northern Cape province and is a great starting point to Kalahari desert and the national parks on the Northern Cape.
Driving in South Africa
Driving in South Africa can be relaxing and pleasant, since the road infrastructure is excellent, the weather is generally good with mild temperatures and the scenery around is very beautiful. In the country operate various car rental companies that are offering easy car booking and cheap car rentals. The auto hire is available at the airport terminals, as well as in the offices of the vehicle rental companies. The travelers should request car hire insurance and can pay for the service with their credit cards. The main things that holiday makers should keep in mind while traveling through South Africa include:
- The driving in South Africa is on the left side of the road.
- All distances and speed limits are marked in kilometers. In the built-up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h unless otherwise said; in the secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h, on the national highways, urban freeways and other major routes the accepted speed limit is 120km/h.
- The valid driver’s licenses are accepted in South Africa.
- The seat belts are compulsory for trips in South Africa.
- Drinking and driving is prohibited.
- Even if not official, more drivers are now driving with their headlights on.
Car rental tips for South Africa (insider tips)
Hiring a vehicle rental in South Africa is easy and the car reservation is easily done online and at the offices of all car rental companies in the cities. In fact, all major car rental companies have agencies in the cities, national parks and game reserves of South Africa. Most of the rental vehicles in the country use manual transmissions thus the selection of automatics can be limited.
South Africa is a wonderful country with so many places of interest that could be found in its large cities presented above. It is also a fantastic place for visit for all travelers that are into the natural history, the private reserves and the farms, as well as the parks. Great to be seen are the following sites:
- Kruger National Park – perfectly managed and very popular tourist destination.
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – placed in the center of Kalahari desert, featuring wide open spaces and games.
- As well as the smaller parks Addo Elephant National Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Pilanesberg National Park.
Further to be seen are several sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. These include:
- Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg – that is a must see place for people interested in where it all started. There are many caves with hominid and advanced ape fossils.
- The Cape Floral Region in the Western Cape
- Robben Island – set off the coast from Cape Town where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years.
- Mapungubwe Kingdom in Limpopo
- Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park – great landscape, impressive biodiversity and rock art
- Vredefort Dome – with remnants of the largest and oldest meteorite impact crater.