The best way to discover much of South Africa is by renting a car. This can easily be done as all the major international car rental companies are represented here. However, there are some things to look out for and need to know when renting a car in South Africa. You can find these tips below.

A car in South Africa

When renting a car in South Africa, it is important to rent a decent car that can take a beating. The roads here are not always of the same quality. Comfort is therefore very important! You can pre-record your car with one of the big international landlords such as Avis, Europcar and Hertz. Although there are some other possibilities that you can find online. You can also book this easily via sunnycars in the Netherlands and you are sure of a good insurance policy. Pay attention! You need a credit card when renting a car. Applying for an international driving licence is also still required.

Is it safe?

South Africa is a safe country to drive and especially if you are used to the busy traffic of ours. The traffic in South Africa is rather relaxed and pleasant, not counting the big cities. However, it is recommended not to leave valuables in the car and to always lock your car. Locking the door while driving and not taking hitchhiker’s is recommended. This for safety reasons. Unfortunately, South Africa is and remains a poor country, and not everyone deals with it in the same way.

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Navigating South Africa

When renting a car in South Africa you often have the choice to rent a GPS. This often doesn’t cost that much, but you can save on it. For example, you can use an app that works offline and gets you anywhere. We always use the app Maps.Me and we’ve never been lost. This full application is free. If you do decide to rent a GPS, you can always store it well when you leave the car. This is to avoid theft and burglary in the car.

Traffic rules

  • In South Africa, there is a left-hand drive
  • 120 km/h on motorways
  • 100km/h on two-lane roads
  • 60km/h in the cities
  • Maximum permitted blood alcohol content is 0.5 per mille
  • At intersections where everyone has a stop sign, the first stopped car can also leave first.
  • In the case of serious offences, a prison sentence applies!
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