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Nelspruit Car Rental Deals

SIXT branches for car rental in Nelspruit can be found at the airport and in the city center. Now officially called Mbombela, the city is still generally referred to by its original name of Nelspruit. While the city itself is not home to many historic or cultural attractions it does have a gritty charm that provides a good introduction to South Africa, as well as being a good base for exploring further afield. With our choice of rental cars, you can make the most of your South African adventure.


Sixt Car Rental in Nelspruit

Our premium fleet in Nelspruit offers a choice of vehicles from trusted names such as Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz. Explore the city itself in an economy sedan or treat yourself to the luxury of a sports car or convertible. When heading out of the city into the South African countryside, a rugged SUV is perfect. Take advantage of our prepaid offers and deals to stretch your business or leisure budget a little further. Please note: When you rent a car in Nelspruit we guarantee a vehicle in your vehicle category, but we cannot do the same for specific models of rental cars.

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What to Do in Nelspruit in Winter

The months of November through February are summer in Nelspruit, so look out for temperatures reaching 104 degrees. You might also encounter thunderstorms that come and go quickly. Because you might need a way to cool off, you can head to the Mafunyane Waterpark and take advantage of its waterslides and pools. The city is the gateway to several wildlife refuges including Kruger National Park and the Lowveld National Botanical Garden with its manmade rainforest. Or head to Misty Mountain and the Long Tom Toboggan Run, the longest in Africa. A breathtaking three-minute ride whisks you through forest scenery. The air-conditioned i'langa shopping mall provides a welcome break from the outside heat and a chance to shop for vacation gifts and souvenirs. The mall also has a good choice of dining options, an ice rink, cinemas, and arcade. Look out for events around Human Rights Day, a public holiday decreed by Nelson Mandela, at the end of March. It is best to rent a car with air conditioning if visiting during the hot season in Nelspruit.

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Our Services

Reserving or prepaying for your car rental in Nelspruit is straightforward when you go online or download our app to your mobile devices. We can offer you a passenger van if you are traveling with a larger group or a spacious minivan if you have business or exhibition materials to transport. We can accommodate customers with different mobility needs and are always happy to welcome younger drivers under 25 for an additional fee. Before confirming your reservation check out our selection of optional extras. Add-ons available at our car rental in Nelspruit branch include:

  • GPS
  • Additional drivers
  • Tire and windshield coverage
  • Child seats for small children, babies, and toddlers
  • Loss damage waiver
  • E-Toll Service
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Traffic Information

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is located just a 30-minute drive from the Nelspruit city center on the R40 highway. While local drivers like to speed and some road surfaces can be less well maintained, driving in the city and the countryside around is not a problem for cautious drivers, especially if you add a GPS to your booking. There is plenty of parking in town, especially at the large shopping malls.

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Sixt Tips

Nelspruit (Mbombela) lies on the Crocodile River and is the capital of the Mpumalanga province of northeastern South Africa. The city was founded in 1895 by the Nel brothers who used the land for winter cattle grazing. The settlement became an important stop on the rail line that linked the Witwatersrand goldfields to Delagoa Bay (now Maputo) in Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique). The South African government renamed the city Mbombela in 2009. While in Nelspruit make the short drive in your rental car to the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens. Here you can enjoy a colorful display of tropical blooms, as well as explore its bridges and waterfalls.

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Sightseeing Destinations

The most popular destination for visitors to Nelspruit is the nearby Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Animals such as rhinoceros, elephants, lions, giraffes, and zebras live and breed successfully in the park. You can visit for the day or stay in its hotels and lodges. The Sudwala Caves complex, formed over 240 million years ago, is dominated by a spectacular chamber that is often used for musical and theatrical performances. You can go on a crystal hunting tour or marvel at the beautiful specimens in the Butterfly Effect Nature Garden. Next to the caves is a Dinosaur Park. With its replicas of prehistoric creatures, it is an ideal destination for younger family members.

Distances to the Kruger National Park from our:

  • Airport branch: 26.5 miles, 30 minutes
  • Promenade Hotel branch: 40.5 miles, 50 minutes
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Business Travel

Nelspruit is the financial and banking capital of Mpumalanga and home to the regional headquarters of all four major South African banks. Other important economic sectors are manganese processing, forestry, and citrus farming while its shopping malls attract customers from across the region and neighboring countries. UMBALI is a multi-purpose events venue which hosts a range of business and exhibition functions throughout the year. When you rent a car in Nelspruit, driving from your city center hotel to UMBALI takes just a few minutes.

Distances to UMBALI from our:

  • Airport branch: 21 miles, 30 minutes
  • Promenade Hotel branch: 5 miles, 10 minutes


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Why rent with Sixt?

Why rent with Sixt?
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Premium fleet of german cars
  • Car rental made quick and easy
  • Unlimited miles on standard vehicles
  • Free cancellation when you pay on arrival
  • Friendly 24/7 customer service

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