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Western Cape Guide


Western Cape Province is where travellers will find most of South Africa’s tourist attractions and destinations. It straddles the coast of both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with around 900kms of coastline. The iconic capital, Cape Town, is the country’s most visited city, while George is the oldest town and the starting point of the spectacular Garden Route drive.

Hiring a Vehicle

Famed suppliers such as 121, Argus and Sixt have locations in cities all over the province, including George and Paarl, and at Cape Town International Airport. This makes it easy to arrange car rental in Western Cape to explore the province. Compare car hire in advance to acquire the best rates.

Transport Options

Cape Town International Airport, found 20kms from the city, receives flights from major cities within South Africa as well as from other cities in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. High-speed trains run from Cape Town to most major cities in the country, and a commuter train connects the provincial capital to nearby towns and villages. There are Greyhound buses operating in Western Cape, and the N-1 and N-2 give road access to the rest of the country.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Western Cape

In South Africa, locals drive on the left, and turning in either direction on a red light is illegal. Be careful of local drivers as they tend to ignore the speed limits, which are posted at 120kph on major toll routes and 100kph on other stretches. The speed limit for urban driving is posted at 60 kph.

Not to be Missed!

With car rental in Western Cape, it is easy to visit all the main attractions, especially when starting in Cape Town. Head south along the coast to go whale watching in Hermanus or relax on the beach with delicious food and a backdrop of grand yachts in Gordon’s Bay. Stellenbosch is an excellent place to taste fine wine, while the Garden Route is one the country’s most spectacular drives.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In the summer months of January and February, it sees average highs of 26°C but the mercury can soar beyond 40°C, while in July highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C are the norm. In the mountains, it can get as cold as -10°C.

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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