Although the public transport system in Cape Town is of high quality, the freedom to move around on your own schedule, is very appealing. To truly experience Cape Town, you must drive to the outskirts to enjoy the vast difference between areas.
From the outstretched beaches of the Atlantic coast, to the forest-like feel of the Southern Suburbs, to the rocky mountains near Muizenberg. Each little hub of Cape Town has its own unique vibe. And cruising around in your own rental car, will offer you a much more holistic picture of the city.
We’ve found the best car hire Cape Town has to offer. Some names are well-known across the country, and world. Others are local companies, passionate about offering you a reliable way of exploring the Mother City.
Want to rent a car, but not break your travel piggybank? Then this company is perfect for you! You can choose between a wide range of cars from budget Citi Golfs, to 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. They have more than 350 vehicles to book out. They always strive to offer you the best, affordable rates. Additional services include vehicle cover and 24/7 roadside assistance.
#2 Drive South Africa
Tygervalley Chambers One, 27 Willie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville
This car rental company operates across Southern Africa. You can hire one of their cars or campervans in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. They have a wide range of rentals available, including 4×4 hires. Drive South Africa also offers chauffeurs and transfer services. The company offers more than two decades of travel experience, providing streamlined services to fulfil all your car rental needs. You can also ask for travel advice and tips, travel info and extra driving tools. Their well-equipped vehicles will definitely enhance your travelling experience.
Drive Africa offers both short- and long-term car rentals. They are famously hands-on, with a great just-a-call-away service. Their fleet includes a wide range of cars, from standard to luxury options. Another great service they offer, is rentals for young drivers. Keep an eye out for their great long-term rental specials. You can also do some border hopping with their rentals. Their other branches are located in Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Mozambique, as well as Lesotho.
Note: the South African Festive Season starts from the 13 to 15 December, and affects vehicle availability. Book your rental car in advance if you are travelling during this time to avoid disappointment.
#4 First Car Rental
Domestic Car Rental Parking, Cape Town International Airport or 49 Loop Street
First Car Rental is a country-wide car rental agency. If you plan to travel across South Africa on your holiday, they are a great option to consider. They have 7 500 cars in their rental fleet, with both budget and luxury options. Their prices are affordable for both holiday or business car rentals.
#5 Thrifty Car Rental
Domestic Car Rental Parking, Cape Town International Airport or 10 Hospital Street, De Waterkant
A nationwide car rental company, Thrifty Car Rental is one of the most easily accessible car rental companies in the country. Their rentals are reasonably priced with a unique payment structure. Their packages are categorized in four different mileage options, ranging from just a 100 kilometres per day, to unlimited usage. You can also hire a trailer to enhance your holiday experience even more.
A famous name in the car rental industry. The first AVIS airport car rental company was opened in 1946 by Warren Avis, at the Willow Run Airport in Detroit. He had three cars to choose from. Today the car rental agency operates in 165 countries worldwide, with more than 5 000 branches. If you are looking for a premium car rental, this is your best option.
#7 Tempest Car Hire
Cape Town International Airport or Corner of Wale & Buitengracht Street
Another longstanding car rental company. But this one was born on South African soil. Tempest was started in 1986. They have continued to live up to their motto of “the best deals on rental wheels”. The car rental company has more than 3 000 cars to choose from, ranging from economy options to people carriers. They offer both short- and long-term car rentals. A great feature is their specials on GPS units, improving your travel experience.
Xtreme Car Rental offers simple, straightforward car rentals. They have branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban – perfect for a country-wide holiday. Their rental car fleet range from small fun cars, to big luxury cars and everything in-between.
This popular international car rental company always strive to offer word-class service. Europcar originated in France. The car rental company was founded in Paris, in 1949.They now operate in 140 countries across Europe, North America, Western Asia, and Africa. With the slogan “moving your way” they provide reliable and efficient car rental services.
An established international car rental agency, Hertz Rent A Car has been operating in South Africa since 1950. They are a great choice for cross-border travel, with branches in Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. You can also book a chauffeur driver. Sit back and relax, enjoying the scenery, while you are driven around in style.