There are so many but national Car hire seem to give good rates, and Hertz/Avis will also offer you good rates and they are countrywide so if you have a flat or something they will send someone to help!
We found it cheapest to book directly online with Avis-- worked out to be $65/day for the cheapest automatic (group D? i think). We rented from the Nelspriut airport Avis site.
Another member recommended this International Discount page on Avis to me (you need to call the Avis in South Africa to book these rates I think-- we could not get it to work online):
I forgot-- some other tripadvisors recommended this site:
i just returned from a trip to Capetown and Kruger National Park. At both places we found Avis quite reasonable. The rates are good (always look for the specials they have). Also the rates include insurance.
Their rates (Avis) along with most other SA rental companies does include SOME insurance ie Collision Damage Waiver (with certain exclusions including driving on dirt roads) and Theft Loss Waiver. It does not include insurance for any other type of damage. Do check the insurance offered to be sure you have sufficient insurance for your needs.
A note about kaAngel's recommendation of Cape Spirit for car rental. I have no doubt the vehicles supplied were good and their service was obviously satisfactory, however, their main car rental is through First Car Rental - this is the new name for National Alamo Car Rental. I'm sorry to disagree but I have put many posts on this forum of my experience with National Car Rental (do a search under car rental insurance for further info). I have had a look at their website as I hire several cars a year and am always on the lookout for good insurance cover. Their cover is pretty much the same as all the other car rental firms in SA. They include CDW and TLW and nothing else !!! The Executive Cover you mention is simply another phrase for "Total Cover" - "Complete Cover" etc etc and all it means is you have 'zero excess' in the event of an acceptable claim. They include all the usual waivers and exclusions. I am pleased to see that they do at least give cover for driving on dirt roads, but glass,undercarriage, tyres, hubs,water damage are all excluded as is damage where no other vehicle, person or object is involved. Please be quite clear that if you suffer any damage to the car other than in a collision with another vehicle, person or animal you will be liable for the full cost of repairs. I have had a 3 year legal battle with National Car Rental so can really speak from experience.
Please, whoever you rent from, read their Terms and Conditions carefully so you know exactly what insurance cover you are getting.
We just returned from SA (our first trip there and it was wonderful!!). We rented from Eurocar/Imperial car rental. Didn't have any problems except with gas fill up. When we returned our car in Durban the agent wanted to fill the tank but we had just filled it. He asked for a receipt from the gas station which we did not have. So they filled the car to the rim and we paid R 65 for that. Not a huge deal but still enough to bug you. In Cape Town we had no problem...had the receipt and the guy said he could see that the tank was full. Moral of the story is: keep your receipt when you fill up the tank before returning the car.
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