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Driving & Car Hire in South Africa

This by far and away the most popular way of getting around in Southern Africa. With driving on the left as in the UK, it's very straight forward for UK clients. For clients from USA & Europe, this will obviously be quite different for you. However, as the roads are well sign posted and not over busy, there shouldn't be a problem. Traffic signs and laws are very similar. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence and traffic laws are strictly enforced. In South Africa it is compulsory for drivers to carry their drivers license with them at all times. Speeding is an offence punishable by high fines if caught traveling up to 30 Kilometers per hour above the official speed. Above this, a Court appearance will be necessary and then punishment can be a lot worse! The most common way to 'speed trap' someone is either by Radar Gun or with two wires spread across the road – either way you don't see them before it's too late.

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car hireOur local partners in South Africa arrange car hire for you. In all cases it will be with either Hertz or Europcar. Grade of car will depend on the size of your party. Bear in mind that if you are taking golf bags with you, you may well have to increase the size of you car grade by one or two levels.

Please note that most hire companies require a deposit at the commencement of any hire to cover the refilling of your petrol tank at the end of the hire. One way rental fees are applicable from locations in South Africa. If driving from South Africa into/through Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia or Lesotho then a letter of authority must be obtained from the car hire company. It is possible to take a car from South Africa into Zimbabwe but special conditions apply - details on request. In most other countries hire vehicles cannot be taken across the border into another country and certain restrictions may apply as to where the car can be taken. Within South Africa, your valid license is all that is necessary. For any driving in other countries in Southern Africa an International Driving Permit should be obtained from the AA or RAC head office. Seat belts are compulsory at all times.

Petrol is readily available and is in the region of ZAR 13.50 per litre (approx. $ 1.40). However most, if not all, petrol stations do not accept credit card payment – only cash. At most places, there will be a petrol pump attendant to take care of you as well as cleaning you windscreen – a small tip is appropriate.