Hiring a vehicle for your holiday is sometimes a necessity, but it needn’t break the bank. Just as with cheap flights, get the best deal possible by comparing different car hire companies. We’ve compiled a summary of car hire companies so you can compare them, and find out which company is best for you.


One of the most established car hire companies in South Africa; Avis Car Hire has multiple branches throughout the country and its neighbouring states. Avis was the first car rental company in South Africa to be certified carbon neutral and continues to lead the way in this sphere. Avis has partnered with Momentum Multiply, meaning you could save us much as 40% when renting your car.




Budget Car Rental

The corporate sister to Avis, Budget Car Rentals makes booking a car online a breeze. They offer weekly deals that will ensure that you get the best possible deal when you a hire a car for your holiday or business trip.


Voted Africa’s Leading Car Hire Company at the 2013 World Travel Awards – for the eighth consecutive year – you know you’re in good hands when hiring a car from Europcar. Europcar offers a fleet peaking at twenty thousand vehicles at over eighty five locations throughout Southern Africa. It is listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange and employs over forty thousand people. Proving that despite its name, Europcar is one hundred percent proudly South African.

Tempest Car Hire

Tempest Car Hire offers cheap car rentals ideal for those who would rather spend their money on great experiences instead of fancy cars. Tempest’s fleet is comprised of value for money cars in all shapes and sizes ‒ ensuring that whatever you need, they have you covered. Tempest also offer deposit payment by debit order, which is not frequently available with other car hire companies.


Hertz is the only car rental brand to have a presence on six continents, proving its metal all over the world. Hertz’ Gold Plus Rewards programme offers great benefits to members worldwide, and has a chauffeur service. It’s the natural choice for business globe trotters.

Bidvest Car Rental

Bidvest Car Rental stands out by offering great options for wheelchair passengers. Bidvest boasts converted Toyota Quantums that have been specifically adapted to accommodate quadriplegics. Bidvest’s professional wheelchair friendly chauffeurs are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng.

First Car Rental

First Car Rental is a proudly South African car rental company. First Car Rental offers a wide variety of vehicles for hire; from your entry level vehicle to the very best in luxury, there is something in its fleet to suit all tastes. First Car Rental also offers a wider range of services including direct transfers, long-term car rental and wedding car hire.


While not as well-known as other companies on this list, Sixt is one of the leading car hire companies in Europe. Sixt offers rental options from premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, as well as limousines and SUVs. Currently Sixt is only available in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Thrifty Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental is one of the fastest growing Independent Car Rental Companies in South Africa and Namibia. Thrifty also has a great loyalty programme called MyBucks – allowing you to earn points to use in lieu of payment at a later stage. It’s a great way to save!

SMH Car Hire

If sheer luxury is more your speed; SMH Car Hire is the only choice for you. SMH’s fleet comprises of premium vehicles including BMW, Land Rover and Jaguar. At the moment, SMH is only available in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Now that you have the tools to get the best price possible when you hire a car, check out our flight tool to get great flights for an even better price.

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