Car rental in South Africa is not cheap. If you travel regularly, check whether your “home” rental company operates in South Africa. They might be able to offer you a better deal than dealing directly with the local offices, particularly if you are a member of a loyalty program. If not, shop around. There are a number of budget operators and prices can vary extensively, even amongst the primary players. Most cars in South Africa have manual transmissions. If you want an automatic transmission it must be specified at the time of booking.