Travelling in South Africa - Car Hire

South Africa is a safe place to travel, even as a woman alone. Common sense is all you need really to get by without problems. Below is a collection of useful information to help you get off on the right foot. We are always happy to discuss these matters in more detail with you by telephone or email. We have many years of experience and have lived in the country for over a decade and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Car Hire

Renting a car is an excellent way to experience South Africa’s spectacular scenery, allowing for flexibility and freedom.  With almost all roads in good conditions, signs in English, petrol stations regular and costs currently cheap – a small car currently costs around £8.50 per day – what’s not to like?!

All the big car-hire names are present and correct, including Budget, Avis, Hertz and, despite its name, Europcar.  Their stations are where you’d expect: at airports and train stations, and dotted around major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

As in the UK, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road (meaning vehicles are right-hand drive).  Note that cellphone use while driving is banned, and you must have had a driver's licence for five years.

Most fuel stations accept credit cards.  If requested, an attendant will fill your car, check tyres, oil and water and clean your windows.  It’s customary to give a small tip of around R5.

Carry a small amount of cash, as many of the national roads are tolled.  When parking in towns, an attendant in a luminous bib might offer to keep an eye on your car.  Once again, a small tip is the norm.

Best Of South Africa Travel will assist with booking car hire, including ensuring that your vehicle is equipped with maps and GPS.



Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

How to make the most of every moment?

Local knowledge makes a huge difference! When I asked Ash at Best of South Africa to give me some guidance on how to make the most of our trip to Cape Town and Franschhoek wine valley, I felt sure she would be able to send me in the right direction. It never occurred  to me that she would organise our ...

J Ross

Recent Blog entries