If you are planning a trip to South Africa, you might want to consider the self-driving option as a viable way of exploring our beautiful country.  As car rental specialists in South Africa, we share some insights into renting and driving a car in South Africa.

Top Tips for Driving in South Africa

Driver’s Licence

In South Africa, any valid drivers licence is accepted as long as it bears the photograph of the driver and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English.

But most reputable car rental companies in South Africa will however require that you provide them with an international driver’s licence when booking your South African car hire.

Speed Limits

The general speed limits in South Africa is as follows:

  • National Highways, Freeways and Other major routes is 120km/h
  • On secondary/ rural roads it is usually 100km/h
  • In cities and towns it is usually 60km/h.

Unless otherwise indicated by a road sign, we highly recommend that you stick to the above speed limits.

Drinking and Driving

Drinking and Driving is illegal in South Africa, therefore we suggest that you make use of Uber when you plan a night out in order to explore the South African night live.

Toll Routes and e-tolls

Before you start your journey, be sure to check if the route that you intend to take is a toll road, as a rule of thumb, most of the major routes between the cities of South Africa are toll roads that will require you to pay with either cash or credit card, so be sure to have enough money available when you take any of these routes.

The cost of passing though the major toll plazas will range between R10 and R200 and you will pass between 2 and 4 of these toll gates on your journey.


Electronic toll collection is in place in Gauteng and most car rental companies will receive your e-toll bill on your behalf and then add it to your final invoice.

If you are planning a trip to South Africa, we recommend that you rent a car from Pace Car Rental. Book Online Now, or send your inquiries to info@pacecarrental.co.za