type of drivers license do I need to hire
a car in South Africa?
drivers license with a photograph is acceptable.
Do I need a credit card to hire a car?
driver of the vehicle must be in possession
of a credit card in order to collect the
vehicle. A credit card is also required
for payment with online bookings.
What is the insurance excess in the event
of an accident?
excess varies from one hiring company
to another. This is the amount that the
renter would be liable for in the event
of an accident/theft or damage to the
What is the difference between the various types of insurance?
Insurance options vary from one rental company to another. In some instances the excess is calculated in relation to the value of the vehicle while at times it is a flat or standard amount. 'Super' cover insurance however excludes damage to tyres, windscreen and undercover damage. In the case of 'Total' cover, there is no excess and tyres, windscreen and undercover damage are also covered.
Can I take the vehicle into South Africa's
vary from one hiring company to another.
Generally vehicles are allowed into Swaziland,
Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
Vehicles are generally not allowed to
be taken into Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Some hiring companies charge a cross-border
fee, while others increase the insurance
excess when a vehicle is taken out of
How old must I be to hire a car?
of the vehicle must be older than 21 in
order to hire the vehicle. Most rental
companies will also charge an additional
fee for renters who are between the age
of 21 and 23.
What other amounts will I be charged for?
rental amout for the vehicle will be charged
before the car is collected. On collection
of the vehicle a hold will be placed on
your credit card for the following: fuel
deposit; any extras such as additional
driver, one-way drop off fees etc. These
amounts are not actually charged, BUT
the funds must be available on your card.
The relevant amounts will only be deducted
on drop-off of the vehicle.