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North West Guide


The world’s largest platinum production area, North West province is known as the ‘Texas of South Africa’ thanks to its cattle herds, flatlands and grasslands. Its historical capital, Mafikeng, is located at the Botswana border, although Klerksdorp is the most populous city in the province. The resort town of Sun City is the liveliest city, having a resort casino, two fabulous golf courses and a theme park.

Hiring a Vehicle

Argus and 121 offer car hire in North West and have depots in popular cities throughout the state, including Klerksdorp and Rustenburg, and at Mafikeng/Mmabatho Airport. To get hold of the best rates, compare car hire before arrival.

Transport Options

There are three small airports found in North West that serve private and chartered aircraft alike. Lanseria Airport has flights to Cape Town and Durban, while Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handles all international flights into the region. Greyhound and Translux operate buses to other provinces, and the N-14 and N-18 highways provide road access through the province.

Car Hire Driving Tips in North West

Driving is the recommended way to get around the province, although drivers need to be careful of speeding local drivers. In South Africa, traffic drives on the left, and turning on a red light is illegal. National routes through the province have a maximum speed limit of 120kph, although this changes to 80 or 100kph near cities.

Not to be Missed!

Bojanala is the most visited region of North West province, making Rustenburg a great place to start. With car rental in North West, visitors can head to Sun City for gambling and relaxation before exploring Pilanesberg National Park. Hartebeespoort is a quaint town nestled between the Hartebeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg Mountains, while Taung is a great place to relax off the beaten track.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Summers in North West province are very hot, while winters tend to be mild. In January and February, temperatures of 40°C are not uncommon, although the average high sits at 30°C. June is the coolest month with an average high of 20°C and lows of 4°C, making May and September the most pleasant months 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

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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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