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Zambia car hire

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Cheap car hire in Zambia

EconomyR1 500/day
CompactR1 364/day
Full-sizeR1 714/day
Full-size SUVR3 115/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Zambia

  • Opting for car hire in Zambia offers numerous advantages over relying solely on public transport. Public transport in Zambia can be unreliable, with infrequent schedules and overcrowded vehicles. This can result in long waiting times and delays, making it less efficient for travellers with specific itineraries or time constraints. Additionally, public transport routes may not cover all desired destinations, limiting accessibility. Hiring a car provides freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace, ensuring a hassle-free and personalised travel experience, especially in remote areas where public transport options may be limited.
  • In Zambia, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving is 0.08%. This means that if a driver's BAC exceeds this limit, they are considered to be driving under the influence and can face penalties such as fines, licence suspension, or even imprisonment. It is crucial for people looking to hire a car in Zambia, to prioritise road safety, and avoid drinking and driving to ensure their own safety and the safety of others on the road.
  • When travelling around Zambia, it is advisable to hire a sturdy and reliable vehicle, such as a 4x4 or SUV. These types of cars can handle the rough and sometimes challenging terrain, especially if you plan to explore national parks or rural areas. Additionally, opting for a car with good ground clearance is beneficial, as it can navigate uneven roads and gravel tracks more comfortably, ensuring a smoother and safer journey.
  • Driving car rentals in Zambia can present challenges due to the country's diverse road conditions. In major cities like Lusaka, rush hour traffic typically occurs around 07:30 and 17:30, causing congestion and delays. Additionally, driving in rural areas may require extra caution due to livestock crossing roads. Locals often drive utility vehicles like Toyota Land Cruisers, popular for their durability and ability to navigate rough terrains encountered in some regions of Zambia.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Zambia for R1 449 or less
  • Book your car hire in Zambia at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in Zambia are around 3% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Zambia

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Zambia?

    On average a car hire in Zambia costs R2 070 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Zambia?

    Full-size (Ford Ranger or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Zambia.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Zambia?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis (R1 364/day) and Europcar (R1 500/day).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Zambia?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in Zambia?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Zambia are Lusaka (83% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Zambia), Ndola (10%) and Livingstone (7%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Zambia?

    On average a car hire in Zambia costs R11 055 per week (R1 579 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Zambia?

    On average a car hire in Zambia costs R47 379 per month (R1 579 per day).

  • What is driving like in Zambia?

    In Zambia, driving is on the left side of the road, with steering wheels on the right side of vehicles. The driving culture in Zambia can vary, with some locals driving at high speeds and displaying aggressive behaviour. It is important to exercise caution, practise defensive driving, and be aware of pedestrians and cyclists. Road conditions can vary greatly, ranging from well-maintained highways to potholed and uneven surfaces in rural areas. It is advisable to drive with caution, especially at night, and be prepared for unexpected challenges on the roads.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Zambia?

    To rent a car in Zambia, you must be at least 21 years old. However, if you are a young driver between the ages of 21 and 25, you may be subject to additional requirements and fees. Younger drivers often need to pay a young driver surcharge and may need to have held a valid driving licence for a minimum period, such as one or two years. It is advisable to check with the car rental agency beforehand to understand their specific policies and requirements for young drivers.

  • How are petrol prices in Zambia?

    The petrol prices in Zambia range from 27.51 ZMK (0.92 GBP) to 28.43 ZMK (0.95 GBP) per litre, with an average price of 27.63 ZMK (0.93 GBP) per litre of petrol. Please note that currency exchange rates may fluctuate, and it's advisable to verify the rates before making any conversions.

  • What are the speed limits in Zambia?

    In Zambia, the speed limits are generally set in kilometres per hour (km/h). The standard speed limits are as follows: in urban areas, the limit is 50 km/h (31 mph); on rural roads, it is 100 km/h (62 mph); and on highways and motorways, the limit is 120 km/h (75 mph). However, it is crucial to always follow posted signs and adjust your speed according to road conditions and any specific speed limit indications.

Car hire directory

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Zambia

    9 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Zambia

    8 Locations

  • interrent

    INTERRENT car hire locations in Zambia

    3 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Zambia

    2 Locations

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car hire locations in Zambia

    1 Location

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Average price

R1 579/day

Good deal

R1 449/day

When to book a rental car in Zambia

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.