Car Rental around South Africa

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A self-drive through South Africa is very much worth it when you have your destination and routes planned. There is a wide variety of car hire options in South Africa, with good cover options and unlimited mileage.

By making the necessary arrangements with one of our knowledgeable travel consultants, you will find the right vehicle for your trip. The roads in South Africa are in very good condition, so a drive from Cape Town all the way up along the Garden Route is very enjoyable.

There are certain areas of course where the road is not so good, this is usually where the wildlife are found. These type of destinations require a bigger and tougher vehicle, but all of this can be made available to you.


As the person renting the vehicle you MUST have YOUR credit card and YOUR drivers license with you in order to collect or receive the vehicle you have booked.

This policy is for insurances purposes and is stipulated by all car rental companies. You will not be able to take the vehicle unless you can comply with this stipulation.

Group M - Toyota Yaris or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 48 Litres
Manual Transmission
Air-conditioning, central locking, air bags, radio / CD player.

Group C - Toyota Corolla / Nissan Tiida or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 60 Litres
Manual Transmission
Air-conditioning, power steering, ABS, airbags, central locking and radio / CD player.

Group B - Toyota Yaris or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 60 Litres
Manual Transmission
Power steering, air-conditioned, central locking, airbags, ABS and radio / CD player

Group C - Toyota Corolla 1.6 or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 60 Litres
Automatic Transmission, Air-conditoning, power steering, central locking, air bags, ABS brakes, radio, CD Player

Group E - Honda Civic or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 70 Litres
Automatic Transmission
Power steering, airbags, ABS, radio / CD player, air-conditioning and central locking.

Group F - BMW 3 Series or similar

Seats: 4 people
Tank Capacity: 60 Litres
Automatic Transmission
ABS, central locking, radio / CD player, power steering, air-conditioned and airbags.

Group G - Mercedes C Class or similar

Seats: 5 people
Tank Capacity: 62 Litres
Automatic Transmission
Power Steering, central locking, air-conditioning, ABS, airbags and radio / CD player.

Group M - Mercedes E Class or similar

Seats: 5 people
Tank Capacity: 80 Litres
Automatic Transmission
Air-conditioning, ABS, power steering, central locking, radio / CD player and airbags.

Group I - Toyota Avanza or similar

Seats: 5-7 people
Tank Capacity: 45 Litres
Manual Transmission
Central locking, power steering, radio / CD player, ABS, air-conditioning and airbags.

Group K - Nissan X-Trail or similar

Seats: 5 people
Tank Capacity: 60 Litres
Manual Transmission
Airbags, towbar, radio / CD player, air-conditioning, power steering, ABS and central locking.

Group N - Toyota Quantum or similar

Seats: 8 people
Tank Capacity: 80 Litres
Manual Transmission
Radio / CD player, towbar, power steering, air-conditioning, ABS, central locking and airbags.

Wheelchair Accessible Transport

Catering for two wheelchairs and three passengers the Toyota Quantums have been adapted to accommodate quadriplegics. They have been fitted with a hydraulic side-lift that assists passengers in their wheelchairs onto a customised platform alongside the vehicle, providing easy access and exit facilities. Professional wheelchair friendly chauffeurs are available 24 hours a day in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng.

Hand control vehicles are available for the mobility impared persons wanting to self drive. A hand control is fitted on a group D (automatic) only. Please note booking in advance is essential because it takes time to fit these controls.

Driving in South Africa:

All vehicles drive on the LEFT hand side of the road in South Africa. Wearing a seatbelt is a must. If there are seatbelts in the back seats, then passengers must make use of them. The roads are well sign-posted regarding speed limits and things to take note of. Please note that the laws are very strict about drinking alcohol and driving.

Take note that you must have a valid driver's license printed in English. If you do not meet these requirements, please make sure to get an International Driving Permit before coming to South Africa.

Petrol (Gasoline) Filling Stations:

Filling stations are situated throughout the country. Make sure that you have enough gasoline between filling stations. Unleaded and leaded petrol is available throughout the country. Most of the filling stations are open day and night. So, renting a car in South Africa is usually trouble free.

Mobile Phones:

It is illegal to operate a mobile phone whilst driving.

Transport in South Africa:

Please note that while South Africa does have a good public transport system, it is not up to international standards. You can phone up a taxi (cab) service which are usually reliable. However, to get around with total freedom, car rental in South Africa is recommended.

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