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Here's our first look at 2013 car rental rates. We find folk tend to focus far more on getting cheap flights prices, but keeping car rental prices down also helps a lot in ensuring holiday costs don't get out of control.

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2013 Car Rental Rates

Here are the vehicle hire quotes we did recently. Note that prices and availability may have changed since we did these quotes: We can assist with long term car hire quotes. Contact us at car rental requests.

Long term car rental

I need a small car pick up and drop off at George Airport, from 16 September 2013 for 90 days.

The cheapest quote I found was R15 561 for a Chevy Spark or similar with Drive South Africa.

Polokwane vehicle rental

How much for a luxury vehicle to be picked up in Polokwane and dropped off at Cape Town airport? It will be for 7 adults, 30 Mar until 4th of April.

A Hyundai H1 or similar with unlimited km will be R5845. To make a reservation go to Drive South Africa.

Cape Town Airport vehicle rental

How much for a sedan from Cape Town Airport on the 23rd of February until the 9th of March 2013?

You can expect to pay R4 167 for a Nissan Tiida or similar. See Car Trawler.

I would like to rent the cheapest car with aircon from Cape Town Airport 15/02 -01/03.

How about a Kia Picanto or similar at R2 484 for the period? See Car Trawler

East London Airport car rental

I would like a vehicle with aircon and unlimited mileage from East London - 25th to 29th of January 2013

How about a Chevy Spark or similar at R1004 for the period? See Drive South Africa.

Knysna vehicle hire

I am planning to go to Knysna from 27 May 2013 to 08 June 2013, What prices would i be looking at for a small car that has air con...?

You can expect to pay R4 520 for a VW Polo or similar with Avis.

Durban Airport vehicle hire

I would like a quote for a sedan from the 31st of January until the 6th of February. How much will it be?

A Nissan Tiida or similar will be R1 830. See First Car Rental.

How much for a rental with unlimited mileage, car must have aircon and space for 8 people, 8 to 9 March?

A Hyundai H1 or similar will be R1 169 for the day's rental. Book at Drive South Africa.

What is the cheapest car hire quote for a car with aircon, 15 February to 3 March?

A Kia Picanto or similar will be R2 484. See Car Trawler.

Richards Bay vehicle hire

I need a sedan vehicle in Richards Bay from the 3rd to 13th of March 2013.

A Toyota Corolla or similar will be R2 856 for the period. Book at Car Trawler.

Johannesburg vehicle rental

I need an SUV vehicle for 8 people to pick up at OR Tambo on the 21st of February and drop off on the 1st of March.

Drive South Africa offers Hyundai H1 or similar for R9 120.

Autopedigree used vehicles

If you're staying in the country for a long time maybe buy a car! Check whether these vehicles are still available at Autopedigree used vehicles :

Gauteng, Pretoria North

Chevrolet Aveo 1.6 LS A/T


R94 995

Western Cape, Strand

Toyota Hilux 2.5D-4D SRX 4x4 P/U D/C Canopy


R259 995

KwaZulu-Natal, Vryheid

Nissan Tiida 1.6 Visia+ Sedan


R139 995

Avis at Cape Town International Airport


Looking for reasonably priced accommodation in Cape Town near the Waterfront? Try House on the Hill in Green Point.

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.

JNB-Abu Dhabi R5931*

JNB-Amman R6164*

JNB-Amsterdam R6217*

JNB-Geneva R5822*

JNB-Hong Kong R7486*

JNB-Jeddah R6347*

JNB-Madrid R6241*

JNB-Rome R6140*

JNB-Venice R5815*

JNB-Windhoek R2805*

* there was very limited availability when we checked flight prices, so please navigate through to link in order to see if the featured price has changed.

CPT-Bangkok R7683*

CPT-Dubai  R6578*

CPT-Geneva R6252*

We recently published our list of Cape Town day trips. This is a live document which we improve on as we go along. We have added a trip to St James tidal pools, to the list of South Peninsula day trips.


The Purple shall rule! (Buying fish at Kalk Bay Harbour is) "such a unique Cape Town experience. Unique with colourful people. I was standing there once when a posh english speaking dude arrived with two Americans. When the dude left to get some money the fish cleaners were cutting small pieces of his tuna and ate it as they cleaned the fish - while the Americans looked on. They were jabbing away in Afrikaans making fun - in a good way - of the non comprehending Americans. They even staged a mock fight with knives. The American thought this was for real. Amazing good laugh if you hang around." Johan

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