• Most international car rental companies and quite a few home grown ones are represented at major South
African Airports and city Centres. Usually you can make arrangements to pick up at one point and drop off at
another, with the major car rental companies. A valid credit card is almost always needed and drivers lice4nse for all
• Take your own Sat Nav and child seats if you have them and need them. Otherwise hefty additional charges will
be levied at a daily rate for both of these items.
• Watch out for fuel charges and establish the companies ‘re-fuelling policy’ before leaving the building. Some car
hire companies use a fuel-empty policy when you pick up your car but you are not offered any refund if you return
the car with unused fuel. Others operate on a fuel-full policy meaning your hire car should come with a full tank of
fuel and you are expected to return it in a similar state or you will find a surcharge added to your credit card later.
Always establish the nearest re-fuelling point to your car rental drop off and retain a receipt for the petrol re-fuelling.
• Shop around or use a service such as our Travelstart system which will shop around for you and get you the best
price according to the category of car you need. And always check if the car is manual or automatic - whichever
Car Rental Tips for renting in South Africa
Tips for Driving in South Africa
King Shaka International Airport, Parking, Public Transport
and Car Rental Locations Plan
Drivers licences - Any valid drivers licence is accepted so long as it has a photograph and signature for the holder
and is printed in English. If your license isn’t in English it is easiest to obtain an International Driving Permit before
arrival. Legally any driver has to have their license with them when driving. Fines are issued if you do not have your
driving license with you.
Rules of the road - drive on the left, wearing a seat belt is compulsory, speaking on a cell phone or mobile whilst
driving is illegal and all distances and speed limits are in kilometres. Your hire car will also indicate km/hour on the
speedo. Drinking and driving is best avoided.
Speed limits - always watch out for the indicated speed limits which can be dramatically reduced as you approach a
built up area. If you are not used to driving long distances then plan carefully and ensure day time and overnight
stops are planned.
Filling up - isn’t self service. A petrol attendant will fill up and check your tyre pressure and clean windows. A small
tip is usually in order. In country areas there will be far fewer garages and the ones there probably only take cash
payment so be prepared.
Safety - don’t pick up hitchhikers - it isn’t worth risking whether they are genuine or not. Be careful when
approaching animals in the road - it is their home. If you do hit an animal you will be expected to pay cash for it. It is
also safest to drive with doors locked and valuables out of sight in the boot.
Parking - if there is street security or car guards on hand outside your hotel, shopping area or when parking on the
street - it is customary to offer a tip when leaving your car. R5 should suffice for a couple of hours.
Emergency Numbers - Rescue: 10177 Police: 10111
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