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We're delighted at the increasing number of requests we're getting to assist in finding the best car hire deals. Navigate to our car rental requests area to access the expertise of Alison, Natasha, Chelna, Victor & Rob.

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1time-Avis Fly-Drive special

1time, in conjunction with Avis, are running a car hire special for those who book flights with 1time. The car rental special is only available at off-peak times (the definition of which seems to vary), and only for those with credit cards. For example on a Chev Spark they're currently advertising on a standard waiver R194/day on weekends (with 201km per day free, R2.11 thereafter). Prices may change, T&Cs apply. Remember to cross check prices with other car rental agencies, to ensure you get the best rates.

Latest vehicle hire quotes

Here's the vehicle hire quotes we did recently. Note that prices and availability may have changed since we did these quotes.

Cape Town vehicle rentals

Looking for small car (Spark or similar) for 2 persons from July 7th until July 17. Collect and return Cape Town Airport

Best price for a small vehicle is R1680 (R168/day) for a Chev Spark/similar, with 100km/day free (thereafter R1.17/km). See First Car Rental 

Looking for a small car to hire for one person from 18th July to 29th July. Collect and return to Cape Town Airport.

The best quote I found was for a Chevy Spark or similar for R1793. See First Car Rental.

I need a cheap rental for about two weeks. just travelling to work and back.

I hope R165/day sparks your day, thats for a Chevy Spark or similar with free 100km/day. See First Car Rental


O.R. Tambo vehicle rentals

I would like a quote for the cheapest vehicle with air con for 6 people with 6 pieces of luggage from 26 - 29th June from O.R Tambo International Airport.

How about a Toyota Quantum for R3165 for the 4 days. See Drive South Africa

Looking to rent a car from May 28th to June 6th, if it could please include unlimited km and insurance. I am 32, female.

Make a spark in Jo'burg with a Chevy Spark for R1,755 (R195/day) on an executive package with unlimited mileage. See First Car Rental

Durban vehicle rentals

I would like to hire a luxury vehicle from Durban King Shaka Airport from the 17th to 24th July 2012.

How about a Mercedes C-Class for R3654 (R522 per day). See First Car Rental

What is the cheapest quote for cheapest car for 28-30 May from King Shaka Airport. 

The cheapest quote I found was R378 with First Car Rental for a Chevy Spark or similar. To book see First Car Rental.

I would like to hire a car from 29 June 2012 till 1 July 2012

The cheapest quote that I managed to get was for a Chevy Spark or similar for R368 (R184/day). See First Car Rental 

Port Elizabeth vehicle rentals

Please give me a quote for car rental from 24 June to 14 July 2012 from Port Elizabeth Airport (car like a Hyundai I20)

First Car Rental offers a Ford Figo or similar for R3660 for the 20 days (183 per day). To book see First Car Rental

Namibia vehicle rentals

Can you provide me with a quote for a car from Windhoek from 24 June - 14 July.

How about a Hyundai I10 for R5240 for the whole period (R262 per day) to be picked up from Windhoek Airport. To book see Drive South Africa.

1-day vehicle rental

I need a preferably 5 seater family car for the whole day on the 28th July to drive us around Durban roughly how much will that cost?

If the folk aren't too large, I'd suggest going for a Nissan Tiida for R246, and 100km free for the day (thereafter R1.84/km). See First Car Rental 

Large vehicles

I need a Kombi for 8 or more people from Avis King Shaka Airport Durban 16 - 21 July 2012.

How about a VW T5 Kombi for R4695. See Avis

I would like to book a comfortable form of transport for 6 people from 20/06/12 to 24/06/12 what do u recommend location Durbs Airport?

How about a Nissan Grand Levina for R424/day & 100km/day free. See First Car Rental 

Sedan rentals

Looking for a sedan to rent from O.R. Tambo Airport from the 16th until the 28th August 2012.

Best price for a sedan is R2736 (R228/day), and 100km/day free (thereafter R1.84/km).  See First Car Rental 

Unlimited mileage vehicle

I'm looking for a small car for 4 people from OR Tambo to Kruger National Park. We'll be there from 23 June to 30 June '12, so car hire for 8 days.

How about an Opel Corsa Essentia or similar for R1,526 (R218/day) which comes with unlimited mileage, aircon and power steering.  See Car Rentals in South Africa.

Cheapest car with aircon

Looking for the cheapest vehicle with air conditioning from the 29th June until the 15th July 2012, from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

How about a Ford Figo for R2960 (R185/day). See First Car Rental

1time plane at Livingstone Airport, Zambia
Autopedigree used vehicles

Check whether these vehicles are still available at Autopedigree used vehicles :

Gauteng, Pomona

Audi A4 1.8T Multitronic



Western Cape, Parow

Chevrolet Spark 1.2 L 5DR



KwaZulu-Natal, Port Shepstone

Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente





Indwala Guest House in Johannesburg from R990/room/night (50% discount)

Total arrivals at O.R. Tambo International Airport in April 2012 were 1% down on April 2011.

Looking for an airline job? We get so many queries about it, than even though we don't consider this to be an area of our expertise, we added a page on it. Click through the link to see more (and let us know if there's anything we left out!).

Don't forget about the Qatar Airways photo contest.

The Purple shall rule! A week ago Jane wrote to let us know about the rotten time her family had at Spear Chukka, a self-catering guest house in Yzerfontein: "My husband, children and myself went to Yzerfontein this past week end and didn't have a very pleasant experience at the house we stayed at for two nights. We paid R1000 per night and expected accommodation in keeping with the standard that we have come to expect within that price range. The house was filthy to say the least. Sticky dust everywhere, disgusting pillows and scatter cussions in the lounge that aren't fit for my dog to sleep on. Half left renovations/maintenance. The place stank like cigarette smoke and when I walked into the bedrooms, even though the bedding seemed clean, it smelt from possibly old inners. Ie. Pillows and duvet stank like old man greasy hair sweat. My daughter and I were bitten all over by something. Hopefully fleas and not bedbugs! I would like to lodge a complaint and have the matter looked into so that some other poor unsuspecting family doesn't get swindled by the nice photos on the website and romanced by the spa bath and sauna. On the whole the place has potential but is kept in a shocking state. I am a cleanliness freak and have had a very bad experience in the past with bringing bedbugs home from holiday accommodation, that I might add seemed to be in better condition than what we just experienced. I had my life turned upside down that I almost went mental. I will be furious if this happens to me again! Getting rid of something like bedbugs is not a joke! All you need is one to come home in your luggage and you have had it! I am almost put off ever going away on holiday again. Its not worth the risk! I am not the type of person to complain, but I just felt like venting this time. Many thanks for taking the time to read my complaint. I hope that something can be done."

We wrote to Speak Chukka to hear their side of the story & they replied that "Wow, that is shocking and surprising. The rate is due to the fact that the guests in this unit have their own private sauna, spa bath, large enclosed private patio and full kitchen. The unit should therefore not be directly comparable with some other accommodation which does not have these facilities. We thoroughly clean all units and change all linen after every single stay. I suspect the problem here may be the sea air which does tent to cause a stale smell on the linen and in the cupboards if left for a while. This house was not occupied for almost one month prior to Mr & Mrs Doe's stay and I suspect that the sea air took its toll. We will now change fresh linen prior to a stay even if it was already changed, but unused. We have zero history of any bugs or insects and do not allow pets of any kind. At times in summer there can be quite a bad mosquito problem due to the nearby vlei / pan. For this reason we supply mosquito nets and plug-in mosquito repellent bottles. We do request that guests do not smoke in the units and we unfortunately have to display prominent signs throughout the premises. A smokey smell may also come in from the patio braai area if the doors are left open and a wind is blowing. We will investigate and air it out. I cannot think of any 'half left renovations/maintenance' and would appreciate more details on this topic if possible. This is one of our better units although it is not used as frequently and I suppose it is possible for dust to collect. We normally have happy guests. In order to back this up, I would like to offer Mr & Mrs Doe a free return visit which I will communicate to them tomorrow."

At this point Jane asked us not to publish anything, but then a week later she contracted lice. "I know that you thought that you had seen the last of me but there have been some new developments. My daughter and I have contracted lice. I know for a fact that our heads were clear just before we left on holiday as we all had haircuts. We could only have caught it at Spear Chukka.  Please see attached link 'hellopeter' from a persons complaint in February. I think that you should go ahead with printing in the newsletter, as they obviously haven't learnt their lesson. It has cost me a fortune to de-louse and make sure that everything in my home is sterile! They only defended themselves, not even an apology!"

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