Affordable & Compact 4×4 Hire  in South Africa


Tread Lite 4×4 hire offers minimalistic, low-impact, 4×4 hire and self drive vacations through South Africa. Fully equipped with everything you need and nothing you don’t, our highly capable, compact and fun loving 4×4’s ensure you tread lightly across our beautiful country as you immerse yourself in a self drive vacation enjoying all that South Africa has to offer.

Daily Rental Rates

11+ Rental Days

ZAR 890.00 per day

3 - 10 Rental Days

ZAR 990.00 per day


Vehicle Insurance

24 Hour Roadside Assistance

Unlimited Mileage

Camping Equipment

Onboard WIFI

Low Excess Deposit


Our equipped Suzuki Jimny’s are the perfect rental for your holiday to South Africa. With smaller engines and less bulk to carry around, they are lighter on fuel and produce fewer CO2 emissions than larger 4×4’s. Despite their size, the Suzuki Jimny has a reputation as an extremely capable 4×4, allowing you to travel with ease in search of South Africa’s best kept travel secrets.

We have equipped our vehicles with all the camping equipment you need for a comfortable camping adventure. All equipment is included in your daily 4×4 hire rate.


une voiture au top du top ainsi que tout l’équipement de camping, il y a tout ce qu’il faut pour passer un merveilleux séjour en Afrique du Sud! Les gérant sont d’une gentillesse!! Et très très arrangeants! Merci encore Stuart pour tout, il est certain que lorsque nous reviendrons dans votre si beau pays nous n’hesiterons pas une seconde à faire appel à vos services.
A bientôt!!!

Allison (France)

Traveled November 2018

My partner and I had a blast in the Jimny, taking it through Kruger for 5 days, and then exploring around the Panorama and Genesis Routes. The camping equipment was top notch and helped us to keep our costs down in Kruger while we opted to do a self-drive safari. The staff went above and beyond to help us out, especially on the last day of the rental period, when an unforeseen circumstance (n.b. it wasn’t a mechanical issue with the Jimny ) almost meant we missed our flight. It was a cost effective and fun rental option that I would recommend to anyone

Hamish (New Zealand)

Traveled January 2019

On our recent 12 day trip through Kruger Park we decided to go with this fantastic Jimny rental and it was excactly what we needed. EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND NOTHING YOU DON’T…couldn’t agree more with your motto. Had a fantastic experience and customer service. Thank you so much and looking forward to our next trip with you.

Veronica (Mexico)

Traveled April 2019


Tread Lite 4×4 hire offers a comprehensive vehicle and mountain bike hire package for eager mountain biking enthusiasts keen to enjoy trails across South Africa. Our Drive Lite, Ride Strong package includes our Suzuki Jimny with all the essentials you need for a camping vacation, together with two 29er hardtail mountain bikes mounted on the back of the vehicle.

Book our 4×4 and mountain bike package and start planning your epic adventure across South Africa, enjoying some of the best trails imaginable.  

Our Locations

Tread Lite 4×4 hire head office is based in Johannesburg, the gateway to South Africa and the starting point of many self drive adventures. If however you prefer to start your vacation in Cape Town or Durban we will happily have the car ready and waiting for you on arrival – a small pick up or drop off fee may be included.


Our team is available to assist you with planning your self drive vacation to South Africa with a variety of itineraries and routes ready to be explored. We understand that many an adventure is left unplanned so feel free to just book your vehicle and follow your nose.

If however, you would like local advice on the best places to go,  we are available to assist from start to finish. As South African’s with a passion for travel, we have decades of experience in planning camping and 4×4 adventures.

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We’ve Got You Covered

Comprehensive Insurance

With low excess deposits, all our vehicles include comprehensive insurance cover ensuing peace of mind while travelling throughout South Africa. 

24 Hour Roadside Assistance

Each vehicle is equipped with an emergency tracker which automatically alerts us in the case of an accident. 24 hour assistance is available throughout your stay.

Stories & Updates from our blog

Searching For Tuskers In Tembe Elephant Park

Searching For Tuskers In Tembe Elephant Park

We parked our Suzuki Jimny outside the Mahlasela Hide in Tembe Elephant Park, gathered the camera gear and quietly climbed the stairs into the raised hide. It wasn’t 5 minutes before the first large tusker appeared. Graciously carrying his impressive tusks, the bull...

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Namaqua Road Trip Sparks Jimny Love Affair.

Namaqua Road Trip Sparks Jimny Love Affair.

Late December 2018 we confirmed an exciting 15 day rental for an Australian brother & sister who wanted one of our equipped Suzuki Jimny rentals in Cape Town for an epic 5000Km road trip to Johannesburg via the Garden Route, Wild Coast, Drakensberg and the Kruger...

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Are Our Rental Vehicles Right for You?

Are Our Rental Vehicles Right for You?

So, you are planning a self-drive vacation to South Africa and have stumbled onto Tread Lite 4x4 hire. No doubt you have found other vehicle and 4x4 rental companies out there and now you are unsure which is right for you. Don’t worry, we here to help!  Below we have...

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Why we use the Suzuki Jimny for your rental

Why we use the Suzuki Jimny for your rental

We are often asked by travelers planning a self-drive camping vacation to South Africa why we focus on the compact Suzuki Jimny as our rental 4x4. You see, our fleet consists entirely of Suzuki Jimny’s, all fully equipped and ready for an epic adventure across our...

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Pilanesberg Camping Escape

Pilanesberg Camping Escape

Explore the beauty and diversity of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve at the start or end of your self drive South Africa safari in one of our Tread Lite 4x4 hire Suzuki Jimny's. Base yourself at one of two camps for three nights while you search for the big five on a...

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