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Tempest car hire is a South African car rental company best known for its commitment to "bring you low car rental rates". It has outlets across South Africa, including at the major airports - Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. It and Europcar (South Africa) are both part of the Imperial Holdings Group (a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange). Its major competitors are First Car Rental, Avis, Budget and Hertz. If you're stuck, ask for help - our petrol heads are itching to assist.

Tempest Car Hire in Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

Tempest trades under the names Tempest Car Hire (Pty) Ltd and Tempest Car Hire Namibia (Pty) Ltd

They are a member of SAVRALA, the South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.


  • 24 Nov 2017 : Tempest are running a "Black Friday Orange Sale".

Tempest Car Hire Black Friday Orange Sale

  • 24 Jun 2014 : In celebration of the Mango Happy Day sale, Tempest offered the following car hire rates from the 24th of June until the 25th of June 2014:

    • R197* per day for a rental period of thirty days or more.

    • R201* per day for a rental period of fourteen to twenty-nine days.

    • R205* per day for a rental period of seven to thirteen days.

    • R211* per day for a rental period of one to six days.

    *Prices may have changed, terms and conditions apply.

  • 24 Oct 2013 : Tempest has recently appointed Ignite Joe Public as their official communication agency. CEO of Tempest, Leslie Matthews feels Ignite Joe are on the same page with how they want to take on challenges and achieve goals and that they will come up with innovative ideas that will "shake up the car rental industry." Joe Public MD, Tiaan van Jaarsveld, said that they are "excited to be breathing new life into this iconic South African brand with some fresh thinking that will make a real difference to their business."

  • Oct 2011 : Tempest are now allowing customers to book with a debit card (or credit car/cheque card) at any of their branches country widel. Customers should ensure that their floor limit on their card is high enough for Tempest to take the liability amount for their rental. .

  • Sep 2011 : Tempest change their logo. Here's the old one:

    Tempest Car Hire logo

    And here is the new one:

    Tempest car hire logo




  • 26 May 2011 : A car thief, who had been on the run since March 2008 for the theft of 18 vehicles, is arrested in Soweto. He is alleged to have stolen car vouchers from the company where he worked, used them to rent vehicles from Tempest, and then hired out the cars from his own vehicle hire company.

  • June 2010 : Tempest Car Hire & Kia brand 6 Kia Picantos with footballs to celebrate the Fifa World Cup taking place in South Africa, and offered customers who drove the branded vehicles a discounted price (no longer available).

Tempest Car Hire's soccer branded Kia Picanto

6 Oct 2009

Tempest Car Rental October 2009 newsletter.

21 Jan 2009

Tempest Car Hire January 2009 newsletter.

1 Oct 2008

Tempest Sixt announces that it has teamed up with PopEye Wrap-A-Rental Media (Pty) Ltd to place marketing paraphernalia into the Tempest Sixt fleet, and to brand some of the cars (initially 12).

22 Apr 2008

Tempest start advertising through Trafficsynergy (this agreement only lasts a few months).

5 Mar 2008

Tempest announced their partnership with Dreamfields, providing "Dreambags" to students who love playing soccer. A DreamBag includes fifteen pairs of boots, five soccer balls, and fifteen sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. In other words, everything you need to start a new team, or to make one that’s up and running feel like they can take on the world. Dreamfields will be identifying 16 schools in the Gauteng area and (together with Mango Airlines) will be providing them with Dream bags. To get involved call the CEO of Dreamfields, John Perlman, on +27 (0) 11 712 7528 or email

5 Mar 2008

Tempest announces a R189 per day car hire special, and also a competition to run to the end of April 2008.

6 Febr 2008

Janita Edwards is appointed sales & marketing director for Tempest Sixt Car Hire.

Oct 2001

Tempest wins the Sixt-Rent-A-Car franchise for Southern and Central Africa.


Tempest car hire is purchased by the Imperial Group.

Tempest Car Hire's offices at Durban's King Shaka International Airport

Old Competitions

  • COMPETITION : One lucky person will win free flights & car hire for a year. To enter, book a Mango flight & Tempest car at, and enter your details on Mango Airline's facebook page. You must book & fly from 1 Jul 2014 to 31 Aug 2014. T&Cs apply.

Old specials (for historic interest purposes only)

  • September 2014 Special : Tempest are running a Spring special, for bookings & travel up to the end of September 2014. From R179 per day.

  • 25 Apr 2013. Great Cape Escape ( Western Cape)
    Rates from R199 per day for a group T vehicle including 200km’s free per day
    To book call Tempest and quote CHILLY3 or book online using promo code CHILLY4
    Offer valid for car rentals from 1 June to 31 July 2013

  • Jozi Special (Gauteng)
    Rates from only R249 per day for a group B including 200km’s free per day
    To book call Tempest and quote CHILLY1 or book online using promo code CHILLY2
    Offer valid for car hire up to 31 July 2013


    • Includes Super Cover with 200km's

    • Valid for 1day rentals plus only

    • Standard extension rates will apply

    • Valid for debit and credit card rentals only

    • We reserve the rights to retract these offers without prior notice

    • Subject to availability

    • Terms and Conditions apply

  • June 2012. Mango & Tempest car hire special.

  • 25 Jul 2008. Tempest Car Hire's July newsletter, offering car rentals from R158 a day.

  • 24 Jun 2008. Tempest Car Hire's June newsletter, in which they advertise car rentals from R149 per day on weekends. And Tempest team up with Mango & advertise Mango flights from R311. They also team up with Standard Bank, and advertise the Standard Bank Travel Wallet.

  • 18 May 2008. Tempest & Sixt South Africa just sent out their May newsletter (partnership offers with Southern Sun, Mango and Standard Bank are contained in the newsletter).

  • 16 Apr 2008. Terrific Tempest Car Hire has offered the cheapest car rentals in every single car hire survey which has been run by

  • Apr 2008. Tempest announces specials including R185 a day for a Toyota Corolla or R500 a day for a Group E Bus, airport transfers from R176 a trip and GPS units from R49 a day.

Guy with T-shirt saying "I love free flights & car hire" with Mango plane in background


You can make a Tempest Car Hire reservation via the internet or telephonically:

Website reservations

Tempest Car Hire

Email reservations

Telephonic reservations from inside South Africa


Telephonic reservations from outside South Africa


Vehicles for Hire

Tempest vehicles for hire are the Chev Spark, Polo Vivo Sedan, Hyundai H1, Toyota Hilux, Hyundai I20 Hatch, Nissan Almera and the Toyota Avanza.


Tempest have branches at:

  • Bellville

  • Bloemfontein Airport

  • Boksburg

  • Braamfontein

  • Cape Town City

  • Cape Town International Airport

  • Centurion

  • Durban Downtown

  • East London Airport

  • George Airport

  • Kimberley Airport

  • King Shaka International Airport

  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

  • Lanseria Airport

  • Midrand

  • OR Tambo International Airport

  • Polokwane airport

  • Port Elizabeth International Airport

  • Pretoria East

  • Randburg

  • Sandton

  • Sandton Parkmore

  • Southgate

  • Soweto Central

  • Upington

  • Upington Airport

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