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Submitted on May 04, 2019 Useful Info

How to self-drive around South Africa

  • Driving yourself around South Africa is relatively easy even for first-time visitors here; the roads are good, gas stations and other amenities are around everywhere and vehicles for rent are easily available.

Renting vehicles

  • All major car renting companies such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, and others have branches here; they are based at international airports in Capetown, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Durban.
  • There are also local car rental companies in these cities and in other towns as well.
  • It's not necessary to get a 4x4 car as roads are good unless you're going on a safari then you'll need such a vehicle.


  • Here you have to drive left, this may pose a challenge for most people from Europe and the U.S but you'll get the hang of it after one or two days of driving.
  • Distances are calculated in terms of kilometers and not miles here.
  • Manual cars are more common than automatic cars, make sure you're ok with driving a manual car.