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    Driving information South Africa

    General Information

    South Africa is an interesting country that offers many attractions and beautiful nature scenery. Drive from Cape Town in the southwest, make a stop in Port Elizabeth along the coast and finish in Durban on the East coast. If you wish to travel north you can visit Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please remember to bring extra fuel since there are great distances between petrol stations.  

    To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional  young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory.

    Speed Limits
    Speed limits in South Africa are:

    • Town and city: 60 km/h 
    • Motorways: 120 km/h

    Traffic restrictions
    In South Africa you drive on the left side of the road, just like in Ireland. In South Africa you will pay high fees for speeding and the police collects the fines on the spot. Usage of hand held mobile phones while driving is banned. 

    Many petrol stations open 7 days a week from 07:00 to 19:00. Some stations are open 24h, especially in cities such as Durban

    Many of the national roads are toll roads. You pay either by cash or credit card. The cost is between 0.20 - 5.50 EUR. 

    In many of the bigger cities in South Africa it is hard to find free parking spots. We recommend that you park in a parking garage.

    Insurance Information

    General Information
    Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

    All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

    Rental Restrictions

    General Information
    In South Africa you may take your car to certain neighboring countries. There are also restrictions on certain vehicles traveling abroad (including Lesotho and Swaziland). 
    Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Some international one ways are allowed and big fees are to be paid.