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Mpumalanga Guide


One of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, Mpumalanga is a great province to explore by car. Its Drakensberg Escarpment is its most famous region, with its plunging cliffs and dramatic scenery. Nelspruit, the provincial capital, is a great base for exploring the province’s national parks, while Sabie features waterfalls. Dullstroom, a laid-back fishing village set high in the mountains, boasts stunning scenery, wild flowers and birds of prey.

Hiring a vehicle

The most convenient way to get around is with car hire in Mpumalanga, which can be picked up at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport or in Nelspruit. Vehicles are available through known suppliers such as Sixt, Argus and 121, but it is best to compare car hire beforehand to ensure the best deal.

Transport Options

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, just north of Nelspruit, operates flights to major cities across the country as well as to Vilanculos, Mozambique. OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg serves the majority of flights in and out of South Africa and can be found 200 miles west of the provincial capital. The N-4 toll road is the main route through Mpumalanga.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Mpumalanga

Many locals tend to ignore the speed limits, which are posted as 120kph on major highways and 60kph in cities and towns. Always be aware of the speed limit as it tends to change unexpectedly and drive on the left-hand side. Turning left or right on a red light is illegal, as is using a mobile phone while driving.

Not to be Missed!

Nelspruit is the gateway to Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon, which are best reached with car rental in Mpumalanga. Don’t miss God’s Window for its amazing cliffs overlooking Kruger National Park, and visit Barberton to witness some of the world’s oldest rock formations. Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a great place to see wildlife, while those wishing to see snakes, crocodiles and lizards should visit Hazyview.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

A subtropical climate is typical in Mpumalanga, with colder temperatures in the Drakensburg Mountain Range. Visitors can expect highs of 29°C in January and February, and lows of 6°C in June and July, although the mercury can drop to 1°C in the mountains. April and September experience warm temperatures and little rain.

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

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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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