What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in South Africa: practical information
Where to rent a car in South Africa
Stunning South Africa. Ever since this Africa country hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010, all eyes have been on the country. It's a hot spot for holidays, from cultural Johannesburg to Cape Town's beach culture and more, South Africa is the place to be. Whether you're visiting just one area or plan to tour the entire country, a South Africa car hire city is a good idea. All major cities and even smaller town and national parks have car hire options. You'll find the local South African car rental companies will have cheaper rates but less extensive insurance.
If you're looking for a car hire South Africa airport, there are two options: Cape Town International or OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Both airports have car hire desks in the terminal and are the best places for picking up a South Africa rent car as soon as you arrive for your holidays in South Africa.
Driving in South Africa: parking and other tips
Like the UK, South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road. You'll notice straight away that South African road signs look a little different than they do at home though so get familiar with what they mean before you head off in a rental car. At a "four way stop" the car that stops first has the right of way. Turning indicators are rarely used by drivers so always be on the look out and don't be surprised if other drivers tailgate or honk at you. South African drivers are generally aggressive, paying little attention to speed limits and rules of the road.
That being said, don't let it deter you from getting cheap car rentals in South Africa. Turning left on a red light is illegal, as is talking on a mobile phone while driving. Take extra car when driving in urban areas at night and also for wild animals crossing the motorways.
Road trips from South Africa: what to do, what to see
Kruger National Park
Kruger is one of the most famous parks in all of Africa. Located just next to the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe, this 20,000 square mile park is a highlight for any holiday in South Africa. Being so big, there are several gates of entry, the closest to Johannesburg is Numbi Gate at 410km away. It's almost essential to have a South Africa rent car to tour the park. Don't forget to bring your camera and a pair of binoculars for spotting those elephants and rhinos!
The Garden Route in the Western Cape is a major tourist attraction in the country. From Mossel Bay to St Francis, it's one of the most beautiful drives you will take in your life. With the Indian Ocean on one side and the Little Karoo desert on the other, the views are spectacular. The N2 is the main highway through the Garden Route. Popular stops along the way include Tsitsikamma National Park as well as Plettenberg Bay for some surfing.
South Africa is famed for its wines so if you're in to doing a little tasting then the Cape Winelands are a good place to start. You'll see that all the wineries are marked by wine route signs, most in the areas surrounding Stellenbosch and Paarl. Most wineries are open to the public during the week and weekends. While some charge for tastings, other waive the fee if you make a purchase from the cellar.