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4x4 Hire in South Africa

About South Africa

South Africa could very well be one of the best countries in Africa for first class road travel. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a world of off road adventuring to do as South Africa still have many rural and nature/wildlife areas which are heavily geared around the iconic and rugged dirt road.

Hiring a 4x4 really is a great way to get out there beyond the confines of the city whilst returning to the roots of nature. In turn exploring all the beautiful scenery Southern Africa has to offer. Call a Drive South Africa consultant today to get the best deal possible to make your ultimate camping or outdoor 4x4 experience a reality.

About our 4x4s

We cater to both local and foreign customers, specialising in 4x4 South Africa, 4wd hire, fully equipped 4x4 vehicles, self-drive wildlife safaris and 4x4 off road adventure.

Our 4x4 rental in South Africa offers you the opportunity to experience rugged Africa from a vehicle designed to tackle the terrain you take it through, from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and further north along the KwaZulu Natal coastline, or inland into the heart of the bushveld, the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Kruger. South Africa is an off road enthusiast's play ground.

4x4 Hire South Africa

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Best time to visit South Africa

It’s generally considered that if you wish to go on a 4x4 driving safari in Southern Africa, the winter months are widely regarded as a more viable wildlife viewing experience. Also if one wants to traverse these areas with a 4x4 winter is also considered to be a better time as there will be more roads to choose as many roads can become unmanageable during the heavy rains.

Around South Africa with your 4x4

South Africa really is blessed with a world of nature within close proximity to urban areas. This makes going on a 4x4 adventure easy. Many of the urban areas even have man made 4x4 trails within the city itself. So adventure and freedom are literally minutes away if that is what your heart desires. South Africa has national parks and untouched nature in abundance where there are options to ride rugged naturally made 4x4 trails or cultivated ones.

Getting around

Many of the areas you wish to explore will not have roads that can be driven on with normal 2 wheel cars. These are areas for which there will be an abundance of animals. Also if you plan on seeing South Africa in the rainy seasons and still want to go on safari, hiring a 4x4 might be your only way of achieving this successfully.

Length of stay

There are so many amazing places to see and experience in South Africa that anything less than a month you’ll feel as if you’ve missed so much, from the spellbinding Drakensberg Mountains, to the untouched sophistication of the winelands to rural adventures on unexplored dirt roads. Southern Africa really has a world of mystique and wonder waiting for you around every corner.

What to pack for your trip

This is a hard question to answer as South Africa has many climates within different areas, however if you’re planning a 4x4 adventure where camping could be a possibility, it's best to pack for every eventuality.  Some lifesaving items that could come in handy in the wild include a torch, mosquito repellent, clothes for the heat and clothes for the cold and a first aid kit. Not to mention extra amenities such as food and water and utensils to cook the said food.

Where to stay


The province of KwaZulu-Natal is well known for its untouched beauty and abundance of nature and 4x4 trails within close proximity to urban areas. Some of the 4x4 trails in the province include Ithala Game Reserve 4x4 Trails, 4x4 track at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Stoney Ridge and Killarney 4x4 Trails.

Cape Town

Cape Town proximity to the mountains makes 4x4ing a very real reality; some of these include Atlantis Dunes, Biedouw Valley, Bushman’s Cave and Gecko Rock.


Although Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest urban area there is still a world of 4x4 trails within close proximity to the centre of the city. This makes it an ideal destination for both business and pleasure. Some of these areas include Sandwani Game Lodge, Protea 4x4 Adventures, Bass Lake Adventures 4x4 Trails, Hennops hiking and off road trails and Kungwini 4x4 trail. Some of these areas also have accommodation facilities.

Why Drive South Africa?

With drive South Africa’s vast experience in all areas of car hire as well as a dedicated team of individuals who possess a world of knowledge when it comes to 4x4 hire. Drive South Africa really does have you covered when it comes to hiring the perfect 4x4 for your next off-road adventure.

Fully Equipped 4x4 Hire in South Africa

Drive South Africa offers its clients a choice of fully equipped 4x4 vehicle hire in South Africa, complete with safari and camping equipment. This equipment detail is designed to meet all your basic requirements for 4wd excursions from 4x4 Kruger Park safaris and African safaris to coastal and camping safaris. Please see our Camping and Safari Equipment page for full details of what is included in this option.

4x4 Insurance

Our South Africa 4x4 rental cars offer a range of insurance options:

  • Standard Cover Insurance
  • Medium Cover Insurance
  • Super Cover Insurance
  • zero excess Insurance

This extends to cover fully equipped 4x4 hire when applicable.

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Related FAQ's

Where are good places to see flowers during spring in South Africa?

South Africa has great places to see flowers during spring and many of them are in the cape areas, so if you are planning on travelling to South Africa during this time check out places like Darling in the Western Cape or Namaqualand, Northern Cape.

What are the options for going on hikes not far or within Cape Town itself?

Due to Cape Town being almost on the foothills of various mountains makes hiking trails close within the city not even a treat just a byproduct of this world class mountain city, from Lion's Head, Table Mountain or Cape Point, Cape Town really does have a world of great hiking trails pretty much within the city.

Does Durban have nature reserves within the city?

Durban is a seriously green place situated in the largely evergreen province of Kwazulu-Natal this makes it a great place to enjoy nature within a city environment. There are a number of nature reserves in and around the bustling city landscape. 

Does South Africa have any good hiking trails close to the major cities?

South Africa is great for the fact that there are many amazing hiking trails not far from urban environments making it easy to get the best of both city and wildlife within a few days of each other. 

When is the best time to visit the Namaqua National Park

Visiting during the South African spring months of August-Spetember is the best time to visit the colourfully blooming Namaqua National Park. 

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A-Z of South Africa 4x4 Hire Locations
  • Aliwal North
  • Ballito
  • Bethlehem
  • Bloemfontein
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Colesberg
  • De Aar
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Ellisras
  • Ermelo
  • Estcourt
  • Garden Route
  • George
  • Graaf-Reinet
  • Grahamstown
  • Harrismith
  • Hermanus
  • Hoedspruit
  • Howick
  • Jeffreys Bay
  • Johannesburg
  • Kathu
  • Kimberley
  • King Williams Town
  • Klerksdorp
  • Knysna
  • Kokstad
  • Kuruman
  • Ladybrand
  • Ladysmith
  • Mafikeng
  • Margate
  • Mogale City
  • Nelspruit
  • Newcastle
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Phalaborwa
  • Piet Retief
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Pilanesberg
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Polokwane
  • Port Alfred
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Potchefstroom
  • Pretoria
  • Richards Bay
  • Rustenburg
  • Saldanha
  • Sasolburg
  • Secunda
  • Southbroom
  • Springbok
  • St Francis Bay
  • St Lucia
  • Sun City
  • Umhlanga
  • Umtata
  • Upington
  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Vereeniging
  • Vredenburg
  • Vredendal
  • Vryheid
  • Welkom
  • Witbank
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