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Europcar in South Africa are running a special for South African citizens over the age of 55, where if you book a car for a minimum of 4 days you get 1 day free (i.e. book 4 days but only pay for 3 days).

Cruise news: At the time of going to press, there was still very limited availability of buy 1 get 1 frees on SI005 (10 December Sinfonia cruise from Cape Town to Luderitz) and SI006 (14 December Cape Town to Durban).

Europcar Over 55's special

The special is valid until the 31st January 2013, and applicable to car groups B, C, D, E, F, H, O, S, T, W, Z. Make a reservation online at Europcar or by phoning 0861131000 (and stating the promotion code "senior"). You must use a credit card, the special is subject to availability & change, and standard car rental terms and conditions apply.

Europcar reservations counter

Best car rental quotes

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

Automatic transmission vehicle hire

I need an automatic vehicle with airconditioning from Cape Town Airport from the 7th to the 19th of February 2013.

An automatic Chevrolet Aveo or similar will be R4 440 for the period. See Drive South Africa.

December vehicle rental

I would like 2 rent a car for 6 days from 27th Dec - 2nd Jan. Can be any car light on petrol in CPT.

The cheapest quote I found is R1 110 for a Kia Picanto or similar. See Drive South Africa.

The cheapest car with less than 100 km per day from Port Elizabeth Airport 17th Dec to 8th Jan.

How about a Kia Picanto or similar at R4 510 for the period? See Drive South Africa.

Durban Airport vehicle rental

I would like a sport car from King Shaka airport Feb 12th to March 3rd, with unlimited mileage and Aircon, I'll be doing a lot of traveling between the provinces.

How about a Mercedes Benz SLK at R52 364 for the period, including unlimited mileage? See Drive South Africa.

We are looking at hiring 2 Kia Picanto's or Polo Vivo's with a/c from 10 Nov to 17 Nov pickup and drop off at Durban airport. What is the cheapest quote?

The cheapest I found was R1 649 for a Kia Picanto or similar with air conditioning. To book go to Europcar.

car rental agencies at Durban's King Shaka International Airport

East London car hire

I would like to pick up a vehicle at East London Airport and drop it off at Durban Airport. I would like the vehicle to be in the 2nd class and a baby seat included.

You can expect to pay R6660 for a Ford Figo or similar, including the one way fee and the baby seat. See First Car Rental.

2013 vehicle hire

I'm looking for car hire in Vereeniging from 15 February 2013 until 23 February for 4 people. Either a Toyota Carolla or Chev Cruz or similar at the lowest price,
With unlimited mileage. Thank you.

A Toyota Corolla or similar with unlimited mileage will be R2 880 for the period. See Drive South Africa.

I need to pick up a sedan car at OR Tambo Airport and drop it off at Cape Town Airport. 22 -30 March.

How about a Toyota Corolla or similar at R3 040 for the 8 days? The quote includes the one way fee. See First Car Rental.

Polokwane Airport vehicle hire

I would like to hire the cheapest car from the 10th to 13th of April 2013.

A Kia Picanto or similar will be R696 for the 3 days. See Car Trawler.

Johannesburg vehicle rental

I would like to hire the cheapest car with air conditioning from the train station in Johannesburg from the 9th to 27th of November 2012.

Europcar has a branch near the train station. You can expect to pay R4 146 for a Kia Picanto or similar. Make a reservation at Europcar.

I would like to rent a 4x4 from JNB Airport from the 26th of October until the 4th of November. For 2 adults and 2 children.

How about a Toyota Hilux Double Cab or similar at R9 240 for the period? See Drive South Africa.

I need a 4 x 4 for 3 adults from the 17th to 22nd of November from OR Tambo Airport.

A Toyota Hilux or similar will accommodate you at R5 340 for the period. See Drive South Africa.

Kimberley Airport vehicle rental

I need the cheapest car with more than 200 km per day included. Pick up 28th Nov and drop off 30th Nov.

How about a Chevy Spark or similar at R456 for the 2 days, including unlimited km per day. See Drive South Africa.

Autopedigree used vehicles

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

Gauteng, Roodepoort

Honda Civic 1.8 LXi A/T


R134 995

Western Cape, Strand

Daihatsu Terios 4x4


R179 995

KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Hyundai i20 1.6


R139 995


List of Franschhoek accommodation options

London flight prices
Hopefully we'll be back to exploring London's magical streets soon! South Africa is currently on the UK's Red List, which means only British nationals are allowed to travel from South Africa to the UK and then they have to complete 10 days quarantine in a hotel. There are no direct flights connecting South Africa to the UK currently.

flight path from London to Johannesburg

Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

On 2 November, SA Express commences flights from Durban to Harare.

Flight attendants dub them the "miracle flights" - flights on which up to a dozen wheelchair passengers are waiting to board the aircraft, after having been pushed to the front of all the queues at the airport. "We’d say there was a miracle because they all needed a wheelchair getting on, but not getting off. Not only do we serve them beverages and ensure their safety — now we’re healing the sick." said flight attendant Keely Skyles - "The actual reason, she guessed, is that passengers in wheelchairs are the first to board but the last to debark, meaning what is a shortcut on one end is a time-waster on the other end."

(Ed: What worked on Ryanair & easyJet flights when we were in Europe was having small kids - they ushered us to the front of the queue)

Simply breathtaking. Congratz to Felix Baumgartner on breaking the a long-standing aviation record for the highest skydive in history (Sunday).

The Purple shall rule! A Kulula air hostess rose to the occassion when she found out that a group of Round Tablers were on one of their flights: "Much to our surprise, a donation was called for over the loudspeaker, and a little under R 1000 was raised. It was truly warming to see how generous the Kulula travellers were, and that a simple passing gesture, could be played forward so graciously. The R1000, along with other funds raised by Round Table, will in turn put a smile of a few children’s faces later this year."

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The Bottom Line: Total arrivals at O.R. Tambo International Airport in August 2012 were 791,067; down from 803,663 in August 2011, the 5th consecutive month which has seen a fall.