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Eastern Cape Guide


The South African province of Eastern Cape is located in the homelands of the Xhosa people, from which prominent personalities such as Nelson Mandela hail. Known for its stunning landscapes, with coastlines facing the Indian Ocean, deserts in the west and nature reserves in the interior, the province offers superb driving terrain. The capital, Bhisho, is sidestepped by many visitors for Port Elizabeth, the province’s largest city and main transport hub.

Hiring a Vehicle

With the province featuring largely excellent roads dotted with comfortable hotels and guesthouses, car hire in Eastern Cape is a popular way of getting around. It is easy to find rental companies in the major cities. Yet it is best to compare car hire in advance because major companies represented here, such Avis, Hertz and Europcar, often offer deals.

Transport Options

The two main airports are Port Elizabeth Airport and East London Airport, both of which are situated along the coast. Both receive domestic flights from major cities in South Africa. Spoornet runs passenger trains from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and East London. Visitors with car rental in Eastern Cape can connect with Cape Town via the N2. Those coming from Johannesburg can take the N1 south.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Eastern Cape

In South Africa, driving is on the left-hand side of the road. On national highways, the speed limit is generally 120kph and on secondary roads, 100kph. The driving skills of local drivers vary considerably, so visitors should drive with caution and always wear a seatbelt.

Not to be Missed!

Driving along the Eastern Cape's beautiful coastline, along highway N2, is one of the most popular tourist activities in this part of the country. This route, part of which makes up the famous Garden Route, passes through the exciting cities of Port Elizabeth and East London before continuing north along the Wild Coast, where further spectacular coastal scenery awaits. A visit to Eastern Cape's national parks and nature reserves is also recommended.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The climate in Eastern Cape differs from east and west, with considerable variation in weather between the two. The west is drier, with warm summers and cold winters. The east experiences more precipitation in the summer and the climate here is largely subtropical. High season for travel is December to January.

Practical information

  • Currency
    South African rand
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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