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Basic requirements for renting a vehicle

- Valid Driver's License

Drivers must have a valid driving license from their country of residence and must have had the license for a minimum of 3 years. By law a foreign driving license is valid if it meets the following requirements:

  • If it has been issued in one of the official languages of South Africa (i.e. English), or
  • if it is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity / validity issued in an official language of South Africa by a competent authority, or if it is accompanied by an official translation of the license in one of the official languages of South Africa.
  • If the license contains or have attached to it a photograph and the signature of the license holder.

It is recommended to travel with an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a foreign driving license, especially if you are a regular visitor to South Africa as it is easily identifiable and may prevent complications. An IDP can only be issued in the country the license was issued.

- ID or Passport
- Credit Card
- Ages: 23 to 75 years

In the event of an accident

Should you have been involved in an accident or your rental vehicle stolen you are advised to follow the following steps:

Provided that you and your passengers have not been seriously injured –

  • Do not make any admission of guilt.
  • Note down all particulars and contact details of other parties and witnesses.
  • Inform Airport Car Hire of the incident as soon as possible. Should the vehicle require towing Airport Car Hire will make the necessary arrangements and inform you accordingly.
  • Complete the vehicle incident form in the back of the information booklet in the glove compartment. If possible take pictures of the scene (you may use your mobile device for this purpose).
  • Report the incident to the South African Police Service (SAPS) station closest to accident scene within 24 hours. A case docket will be opened. It is important to write the case number down and to provide this to Airport Car Hire.

Emergencies and Roadside Assistance

Airport Car Hire provides a renter with 24-hour emergency numbers upon the handover of a vehicle. In the event of a breakdown the customer's call will be taken by an Airport Car Hire official who in turn will contact Airport Car Hire's Roadside Assistance Call Centre to arrange for assistance. Both Airport Car Hire as well as the Roadside Assistance Official will keep the renter informed of the progress in resolving the situation. In some instances an Airport Car Hire official may also visit the scene to provide assitance and support.

South African Road Conditions

  • South Africa has a well developed road infrastructure and a self drive holiday is a convenient and affordable way of exploring the country.
  • South Africa's main national roads are generally well maintained and in good condition, although roads in rural areas may not be as well kept and many occasionally be pot-holed.
  • Many of the major main roads are toll roads. Information on Toll Plaza Locations and Toll Plaza Fees can be obtained from the Automobile Association of South Africa.
  • Speed limits are usually sign-posted and are generally as follows:

    • National highways, freeways and major routes: 120 km/h (75 mph)
    • Secondary roads: 100 km/h (60 mph)
    • Residential areas: 60 km/h

South African Airports

South Africa's principal airports are owned and operated by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

ACSA can be contacted on +27 (0)86 727 7888 for updated flight information.

Visit for live flight information, information on airport facilities, parking tariffs, parking and terminal maps.

24 Hour Nationwide Emergency Numbers (South Africa)

  • South African Police - 10111
  • Ambulance/ Fire Services - 10177
  • GSM Mobile Phone Emergency - 112
  • Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) - +27 (0)86 727 7888