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Car Rental South Africa

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in South Africa

South Africa's impressive road network makes it the ideal destination for a driving holiday and you'll find Hertz Car Rental branches in every major town and city in the country. The main roads (known as 'N' roads) are well maintained and link all of South Africa's main conurbations and tourist hotspots such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Kruger National Park.

Hiring your own vehicle gives you the freedom to explore this stunning country at your own pace and is also one of the most affordable ways to travel around SA. The majority of the main routes are well used and perfectly safe to use.

There are around 50 Hertz branches dotted throughout South Africa and all of the major cities and airports are served by one.

Rules and regulations for Driving in South Africa

• Your driving licence will be valid in South Africa as long as it has your photograph and signature and is in English. Otherwise you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). If traffic officers stop you they will expect to see all your documents so keep them with you at all times.

• South Africans drive on the left and overtake on the right. The vehicles are right-hand drive so the gears are operated using your left hand.

• Distances and speed limits are displayed in kilometres so if you see a speed limit of 120, that means 120 kilometres per hour or around 75 miles per hour.

• Similarly, fuel gauges will show how many litres of fuel remain in the tank. If you are used to gallons, there are around 4.5 litres in one gallon.

• Seat belts must be worn in all front and rear seats (if present) and using your phone or other device while at the wheel is strictly against South African law. Hands-free systems are permitted as long as they are 'in-car' systems but you may want to be careful of using them in unfamiliar territory.

• The speed limit on South Africa's main roads (national highways and urban freeways) is 120km/h and it is 100km/h on rural or secondary roads. The default speed limit in built-up areas is 60km/h but can vary and will be clearly displayed.

• Blood and breath alcohol limits are low so it's probably best to avoid drinking anything before driving. If you do want to drink alcohol, stick to one unit of alcohol per hour at the very most, that's only around half a pint of strongish beer.

• In general, South African roads are well maintained and outside of the cities, congestion is rare. Because the roads are generally straight and you can travel at a steady 75mph most of the time, huge distances can be travelled in the course of a day.

• Before setting off on a long journey make sure you have plenty of fuel, food and water on board. Air conditioning is an absolute must during the day.

 

Driving in and around South Africa

Special attractions

South Africa has been producing cars on a large scale since the 1920s and the history of the country's links with the automotive trade is the focus of the fantastic Franschhoek Motor Museum near Cape Town. Similarly, the Wijnland Auto Museum in Cape Town houses the country's most extensive collection of vintage and classic cars.

Every two years Johannesburg hosts the Johannesburg International Motorshow which runs for 12 days and packs hundreds of activities, displays, demos and events into an area of more than 85,000m².

If you prefer something a little less frenetic, there is no better area in SA to explore by car than its Eastern Cape. With more than 800km of pristine coastline and the chance to see all of the 'Big Five', the Eastern Cape is a true wonder of nature. Its landscape varies from arid desert to the west, green forest to the east and it also boasts South Africa's only snow-based skiing resort.

Quick Information

• Minimum car rental age: You need to be 18 or over to rent a car in South Africa.
• Average speed limits: Statutory speeds limits are:
120km/h on 'N' roads and other main routes

100km/h on secondary roads

60km/h in most built up areas.

Driving in South Africa

Drive on the left and pass on the right.

Licence requirements

You must present a valid photo licence that is signed and printed in English when you pick up your vehicle. Otherwise you will need an IDP (International Driving Permit).

Tolls and fees

Any toll fees incurred during your stay will be automatically added to your final bill.

Driving with children

Child safety seats are not mandatory in South Africa but they can be hired from all Hertz branches.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.