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GPS units available with your south africa car rental

GPS Satellite Navigation units are available on request at a daily rental rate


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Watch out for these signs,
the speed limit is enforced


South African Toll gates

Toll Gates are not uncommon on major routes and can range from a couple of Rand to over a 100 Rand, per car. It is advisable to have the correct change which will speed things up

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South Africa Car Hire information

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Standard Cover insurance – Is offered at a lower daily rate but carries a higher excess in the event of a claim. These excesses vary from car group to car group.

Super Cover insurance – Is offered at a slightly higher daily rate but carries a reduced excess in the event of a claim. These lower excesses vary from car group to car group.

Total Cover insurance – Is offered only to International visitors and offers renters a zero excess. Provided the incident did not occur due to driving under the influence of alcohol or the use of narcotics etc. In the event of an accident the only amount payable is a R550 claims handling fee. Subject to various terms and conditions

Total cover also includes windscreen and tyre damage.


• Baby seat or booster seats
• Vehicle delivery and collection
• One-way drop-off fees
• Cross border authorization for Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Please inform us of any of the above when requesting South African car hire.


GPS units can be arranging with your car hire in all major centres, e.g. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit. The daily rate is R85 per day and is payable on collection of your vehicle.

If travelling one way there is a drop off charge payable of R250. The branch will arrange for the unit to be sent back to its original office on behalf of the renter.

GPS Navigation Systems


The following must appear on your driver’s license….

- Must be in English
- A clear photo of the driver
- An indication of what class vehicle you are eligible to drive
- The license must be valid for the duration of the rental

Green barcoded ID’s are no longer accepted for returning South Africans. If your license does not have the above required information, then we advise you to apply for an international driver’s license, before departing for South Africa.

Renters must carry a valid driver’s license on their person at all times.


Whilst the current fleet offers in excess of 10 000 vehicles there are times of the year that prove problematic and it is essential to confirm arrangements well in advance. If travelling between October and March we strongly recommend confirming rentals a few months in advance. Selftours can only confirm vehicles once the relevant paperwork and deposits have been received. Receiving a quote does not mean a renter is guaranteed a vehicle.


We have car hire back up service at all major airports & cities as well as some smaller towns and rural areas. All vehicles are considered new and are generally less than a year old with low mileage. Breakdown and mechanical failure are therefore rare. However, in the unfortunate event of a problem, we can provide peace of mind that we can normally arrange a replacement within a matter of hours. Subject to availability.

Useful links to assist in your planning:

View our South African maps
View our mileage chart


All vehicles are allowed to cross the border to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland & Lesotho. Currently we do not allow vehicles into Mozambique.  Subject to change without notice


One way fees are applicable if a vehicle is collected and then dropped at a different branch.


Between provinces - R800
East London / George / Port Elizabeth / Mthatha - R800
Durban to Richards Bay – R300
Durban to Pietermaritzburg – R200
To Nambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe – R4 600
Delivery & Collection during office hours within a 25km radius of a branch - R300
Delivery & Collection after business hours with in a 25km radius of a branch – R500
Deliveries and collections outside of a 25km radius is charged at R10 per kilometre

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Why not consider letting SELFTOURS take the headache out of planning your South African tour and allow one of their experienced and professional staff  advise and design just what you need, meeting all your requirements from car rental to accommodation and activities?

While on holiday in Southern Africa you can also consider some great optional additions - for example -
A 3 day fly in package to the might Victoria Falls
A 3 day fly in package to Uganda or Rwanda Gorilla trekking
A week on the paradise island of Mauritius
A week on the Spice Island of Zanzibar
Or a week on the Mystical Island of


Your tour, Your time


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