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Self Drive Holidays in South Africa

Self-drive South African holidays are enormously popular thanks to the excellent roads and good road signage throughout the most of the country. The lure of the open road, wide open spaces beneath a blue bowl of sky and often minimal traffic (once you’re out of the cities and suburbs) encourage many thousands of visitors to explore South Africa by car each year. Even the gravel and untarred roads are usually in good condition.

By the way - parking in South Africa is always only legal if you park in the same direction as the traffic. In some countries such as the UK it is legal to park on the opposite side of the road but this is not the case here and you will probably be fined for this. You have been warned!

South African Petrol Stations

Foreigners often find our petrol (gas) prices compare favourably with what they are used to back home. As a first time visitor to this country you may be pleasantly surprised at the level of service offered at South African petrol stations (known locally as garages). Friendly petrol station attendants handle all required services – from filling your fuel tank and monitoring oil and water levels to checking tyre pressure and often cleaning your windscreen.

Garages accept cash, credit and debit cards as well as South African Garage Cards as payment. It is customary to pay a tip of around R5 to the attendant.

South African Car Hire

We’re proud to partner with Europcar, one of South Africa’s leading global car rental companies: