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    Driving Information South Africa

    Driving Licence Requirement

    In South Africa you can explore Cape Town and other cities with a valid driving licence from your country of residence, provided it has your photograph and signature on and is printed in English.

    Age Restrictions

    In order to hire a rental car in South Africa, you must be at least 20 years old (age may vary by car category and location) and have held your license for one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Driving Distances

    • Durban to Pietermaritzburg - 78kms (1hour)

    • East London to Port Elizabeth - 300kms (3hours/50mins)

    • Johannesburg to Nelspruit - 345kms (4hours/10mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General South Africa driving information, laws rules and regulations:

    • Driving in South Africa is on the left hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a hire car in South Africa are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver’s licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    • Petrol stations in South Africa open from 7am to 7pm with some open 24 hours.


    Many of the national roads between the major centres in South Africa are toll roads. Check the South Africa toll fees before you leave and make sure that you have either a credit card or cash to pay when driving in Johannesburg.

    Parking Informatio

    Parking can be a problem in the major cities in South Africa. If you can find a space, the best option is to use a parking garage.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Additional one-way fees may apply to a car rental. At Auto Europe, we will not confirm a car rental until the customer has been advised of these fees. Not all one-way rentals are permitted.

    If you plan to drive with a South Africa car hire you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

    With your car hire in South Africa, it is important that you have looked through some of these rules and regulations about driving a car in South Africa to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

    Useful Links

    South Africa Airport Information

    South Africa Travel Information