An International Driving License is recognized worldwide and states that the owner has a full driving license. It is valid for 1 year but it does not replace a valid National Driving License that is always required. It makes it possible for local rental companies and police to understand the language on your regular driving license. An International Driving License can be obtained from all TRAVEL AGENCIES offices, take your driver's license and a passport photo. Costs € 18.95 non-members.
If you want to leave a country by car, you must have a cross border permit . You usually have to pay this yourself (local costs). Swaziland and Lesotho are free for some rental companys. Not all cars are allowed to cross the border and some countries are forbidden in South African rental companys! Therefore, let us advise you well.
A deposit is the amount that the supplier fixes on your credit card at the beginning of your rental period as a guarantee for any costs during or after the rental period. The deposit is blocked (ie not written off) in the amount of the deductible (with full cover insurance = 0) plus a tank of petrol. When the car is returned without damage and a full tank, the deposit is unblocked at the end of the rental period.
Domestic one-way rentals are possible, for example in Cape Town to pick up the car and deliver it to Johannesburg. Keep in mind, however, that there are costs associated with the one-way rental, which must be paid directly to the supplier when you collect the car, the so-called drop-off costs . These range from € 70 for a sedan to a multiple for a 4x4. Foreign one-way traffic is also possible, for example pick-up in Johannesburg and dropping in Windhoek. There are higher costs involved, depending on the rental company. So let us advise you.
Depending on the rental company it may happen that you have to pay the contract costs for the car rental on the spot. It is a small amount (€ 5, -) and this must be paid on the spot.
Extra local costs (can be):
- Toll and E-Toll
- after hour delivery costs
- additional driver (s)
- delivery of the car at the hotel is possible at extra cost
- younger driver surcharge for drivers aged 21 and 22 years
- child seat
- mobile phone, although it is cheaper to buy a South African prepaid SIM
- navigation system
In case of mechanical problems or an accident involving your car, it is important that you inform the local rental company as soon as possible (within 24 hours). In the event of an accident, the police must be called in and a police report must be filled in, and all data of third parties involved in the accident must be completed. When you return the car to the supplier, you must complete a complete accident report. The car rental company must give permission to replace a car or have it repaired. It is important that you keep copies of all forms.