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Northern Cape Guide


The largest province in South Africa, Northern Cape, is also the least populous. Famous for its diamond mines, the region is dominated by the Karoo Basin, and its cities are quite far apart from one another. Its western coast is best known for its spring flowers, while Kimberley, the capital city, is home to the famous Big Hole as well as museums, galleries and memorials.

Hiring a Vehicle

It is recommended to get around with car hire in Northern Cape due to the province’s size. There are pick-up locations in major cities across the state including Kimberley and Upington, and at both the province’s airports. Secure the lowest rates with major suppliers such as Argus, 121 and Sixt when you compare car hire ahead of time.

Transport Options

Kimberley Airport and Upington Airport both receive flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, which are serviced by airlines from all over the world. Trains that run from Johannesburg to Cape Town stop in Kimberley, and Interscape buses travel to all major cities in the province. A number of main road routes serve Northern Cape, including the N-10, the N-12 and the N-14.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Northern Cape

Like the rest of South Africa, driving in Northern Cape is done on the left. All major routes running through the province are toll roads with a maximum speed limit of 120kph, while smaller highways have a speed limit of between 80 and 100kph. It is illegal to turn on a red light.

Not to be Missed

From Kimberley, travel along the N-12 with car rental in Northern Cape to the Karoo region to visit horse and Moreno sheep farms, and the heritage town of Graff-Reinet. If starting in Upington, head to the spectacular Augrabies Falls bordering Namibia or drive southwest to the coast and take in Namaqua National Park. Visiting Alexander Bay at the mouth of the Orange River is also worthwhile.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The entire province sees hot weather for most of the year, with rainfall hitting the west of the province in the winter and the east in the summer. January is the hottest month, with highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C, while July is the coolest month, with highs of 17°C. In the Roggeveld Mountains, it can get as cold as -3°C in the winter.

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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