Self Drive

Doing a self drive trip in South Africa is the best possible way to see the country as it gives you the most freedom. Just like here in the UK, the locals also drive on the left side, and the roads (especially highways) are in exceptionally good condition.

You can pick up and drop off your hire at most of the cities on your itinerary. Naturally, you can also decide to combine a hire car with other forms of transportation, such as domestic flights.

Category B: Ford Fiesta (or similar)

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  • ABS and air bag
  • Suitable for: 4 people
  • Luggage: 2 medium suitcases, 1 small suitcase, 1 carry on

Category C: Toyota Corolla Quest (or similar)

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  • ABS and air bag
  • Suitable for: 4 people
  • Luggage: 2 medium suitcases, 1 small suitcase, 1 carry on

Category O: Toyota Avanza (or similar)

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  • ABS and air bag
  • Appropriate for 5 people
  • Luggage: 1 medium suitcase, 1 small suitcase, 1 travel bag

Category K: Mitsubishi ASX (or similar)

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  • ABS and air bag
  • Suitable for: 5 people
  • Luggage: 1 medium suitcase, 2 small suitcases, 1 travel bag

Category R: Nissan X-Trail (or similar)

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  • ABS and air bag
  • Suitable for: 5 people
  • Luggage: 2 medium suitcases, 2 small suitcases, 1 travel bag

If you’re planning a South Africa self drive holiday, it’s important to get clued up on the nitty gritty car hire terms and conditions. We’ve put it all together on one handy page!

Terms & Conditions

Since the 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of your driver’s licence is no longer valid. The DVLA have advised that if you are hiring a car, in the UK or abroad, and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record you will be able to do so by accessing the Share My Driving Licence service via the DVLA online for free.

See DVLA website for more details
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