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Gauteng Guide


Gauteng, the smallest province in South Africa, is nevertheless the most urbanised, industrial and commercial province because it contains the economic capital, Johannesburg, and the administrative capital, Pretoria. After the discovery of gold here in 1886, Gauteng has grown as the gateway to South Africa and the rest of southern Africa, with self-drive the best way to discover its tourist gems.

Hiring a Vehicle

Though Gauteng has arguably the most developed transportation system in the country, the road network still pales in comparison to western standards. Car rental in Gauteng is still the best way to get around. Major rental companies such as Hertz, Avis and Europcar are easy to find in Gauteng, but do compare car hire rates before travel to find the best deals around.

Transport Options

The main airport servicing the province is OR Tambo International Airport. It is one of Africa's busiest airports as it connects the whole of southern Africa to international destinations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the US and the rest of Africa. Visitors with car hire in Gauteng can take the N1 if coming from Limpopo in the north or from Free State in the south.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Gauteng

Road conditions are good; however, it is best to note that at peak hours, roads may become congested, especially the major highways of N1 and N3. The speed limit on South Africa's urban roads is generally 40mph (60kph). It is twice that, 75mph (120kph), on major highways. Remember to drive on the left side of the road.

Not to be Missed!

If you only have a few days to spend in Gauteng, then a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cradle of Humankind on the West Rand cannot be missed. Ancient fossils have been excavated here. Though highly urbanised, Gauteng has a number of game reserves where visitors can spot the so-called ‘Big Five’ (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros).

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Gauteng lies on a subtropical latitude. However, due to its elevation, the climate is relatively cool. Johannesburg, for example, lies 5,577ft above sea level, with summer temperatures of 15°C to 26°C in January. It is possible to enjoy a stay here at any time of the year, but summer is the best time to visit.

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).