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Car rental enquiries

South Africa does not have great public transport, so having a vehicle when travelling opens many routes that are difficult to access normally.

We can help you arrange car rental. We use a handpicked car rental company because of the good service they give us and our guests. In addition to the usual services offered by car rental companies, they make it possible for drivers under 23 and those without credit cards to rent cars.

If you’re thinking of renting a car, remember that:

  • Planning ahead is the key to low rates for cars, especially in peak season.
  • Travellers have different needs, so please select the most applicable one for you.
  • To rent a car in South Africa you need a valid credit card that will be authorised for the full rental amount and the applicable insurance excess.

Enquire about car rentals

Complete the form below that will get sent to our recommended car rental company, Around About Cars.

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Car buy-back

If you are going to be in South Africa over three months, we recommend buying a car instead of renting. Buy-back (also known as rental purchase) is a good alternative. Drive Africa is a reputable company dealing in buy-back located only 500m from Green Elephant Backpackers.

You buy a car from them, they take care of all the paperwork and they guarantee to buy the car back from you when you’re ready to leave the country.
Car buy-back is the best choice for volunteer, interns, students and diplomats visiting South Africa for an extended period of time.