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Frequently asked questions

Where is South Africa?
Driving in an unfamiliar country can be unnerving for some, but you don’t have to stress. Get up to date on the following facts and you’ll be guiding your rental car down the roads of South Africa in no time. South Africa is among the fascinating countries that make up Africa. Zoom into the map and the capital, Pretoria, will jump out at you. If you’re looking to experience the country’s beating pulse, a stop here is a great idea.
What are the major attractions in South Africa?
If you’re on the hunt for some incredible pit stops on your South Africa vacation, we’re here to help. Here are a couple of sights you’ll really want to key into your GPS. Hop into the driver’s seat and travel in the direction of Table Mountain. This highlight is 3 miles from the notable city of Cape Town. You’ll also want to pull in at Gold Reef City, which is located 3 miles from central Johannesburg.
What are the best road trip destinations in South Africa?
Boasting miles and miles of glorious highways and inviting open roads, many travelers choose to turn their South Africa vacations into driving journeys. If you’re putting together a road trip of epic proportions, you’ll want to know which destinations are worthy of your bucket list. Try to cross off as many of this place’s most outstanding destinations as possible:

  • Cape Town (population of 3,433,400)
  • Durban (population of 3,120,300)
  • Johannesburg (population of 2,026,500)
  • Port Elizabeth (population of 967,700)

How can I get a cheap car rental in South Africa?
Avoid paying a fortune for a rental car by following our recommendations:

  • Look into as many different cheap car rental companies as possible (we make that chore child’s play!);
  • By entering only your email address into our Price Drop Alert, you’ll know all the best prices for your location;
  • Research is the key to getting your hands on the best rental bargains in town, so be sure to check out both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets before you shell out for your ride;
  • If you’re flexible with your schedule, modify your dates to find better prices on different days of the week;
  • Pickup and drop-off times often need to be similar (e.g, both 11 a.m.) or you could be charged for a full extra day;
  • If you’re looking to save a few dollars, pay right away and score some of the best rates around;
  • The early bird catches the biggest worm, along with the hottest deals! Book as soon as possible to grab some excellent savings.

What is the most popular rental car category in South Africa?
Minis are the smallest car you can rent, and they’re typically the most cost-efficient to run as well. This is one of the reasons they’re such a hit with visitors to South Africa. Zoom around the streets of Cape Town and Durban — you’ll be amazed at the parking spaces you can slip into. Despite their size, minis offer a comfy ride (just so long as you don’t have too many cases!).That all said, South Africa is well known for its desert landscapes, savannahs, and tablelands. Many adventurers escape the city to explore those picturesque vistas. If that sounds good to you, rent a full-size car or an SUV. Even if you’re not planning to venture off-road, you’ll be grateful for the extra room.
Should I get a luxury rental car in South Africa?
There’s more than enough choice when it comes to renting a car in South Africa. From people-movers with plenty of room to spare to zippy little compacts that make parking a breeze, you’ll find it all here. Choosing your perfect match depends on how much you want to spend and what activities you plan on doing. Some road trips are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas others don’t need more than four wheels and a gas pedal. What type of car will it be this time?
What side of the road do they drive on in South Africa?
In South Africa, drivers stick to the left side of the road. This means the steering wheel is on the right side. If you’ve opted for a manual transmission vehicle, get ready to be changing gears with your left hand.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in South Africa?
One of two things will happen. Your rental car company may bill the amount of the fine to your credit card. This is the usual approach. Otherwise, it may give your contact information to the relevant local agency so the fine is issued straight to you.

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