What makes driving a viable option in South Africa is an excellent road infrastructure. And there’s no better way to travel all over the country when you are in your own control. That translates to hiring a car; a personal mode of conveyance that would allow any visitor to savor the offerings South Africa has at his or her own pace.
Car hire, South Africa is a domain shared by both International and local car rental companies. One can hire a wide range of vehicles; starting from luxury ones to budget cars, most of them allow pre-booking even before making an arrival. Additionally, with a little extended budget, one can even find 4X4s or motor homes, especially if a Safari is in question. And all of them are available from one car hire company, Drive South Africa.
Offering the lowest rates for car hire South Africa, the company also brings the widest range of mileage and insurance options bundled with other appropriate professional services. The company doesn’t charge insurance excesses irrespective of short or long term rentals, one of the facts that has made Drive South Africa the most popular among all the companies dealing in car hire South Africa.
Car hire South Africa is possible on daily, weekly and monthly basis; however, it is vital to possess a driver’s license to hire a motor vehicle in South Africa. There are no hard and fast rules regarding International Driving Permits; any valid license bearing a recognizable photograph and signature of the holder is going to suffice. The license must also be printed in English for an easy understanding. The age limitations do play a vital role as well, though some companies accept 18 year and above, others strictly rent their vehicles to people aged 25 or above. The terms can be extended beyond the set period but crossing the borders of South Africa without a written permission is illegal.
One vital piece of information regarding these car hires, South Africa is the speedometers remain sealed. If handled the wrong way and later found out, it may result in the termination of all long distance car rental rates. The penalty? 1000 km’s per day will be charged.
Every hired vehicle comes with a Collision Damage & Theft Waiver protection; if the hirer is willing to avail the two, the charges become slightly higher. If a Super Cover is opted for, the excess payable amount gets reduced to mere nothings. However, these covers do not protect theft of radio/tape/CD players and damage to hubcaps, wheel rims, tires and glass. The covers otherwise protect everything else while traveling on a tarred surface.
In case there are minors within the gang, baby seats can be availed for a one-time fee that varies from company to company. Regarding delivery and collection, there is a small fee that’s charged for after hours and/or in case the delivery is made at a distance more than 20 km’s from the nearest branch of the car hire company.
Most of the car hire South Africa companies starts providing service as soon as you arrive at the airport and shall provide a drop on your way back home, unless it is very early or late. In case it is a weird hour, it is recommended to leave the car locked in the public parking area at the airport with the keys and the parking ticket in the glove compartment.