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Renting A Car In South Africa

Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:44 pm

Hi

I will be spending a weekend in Cape Town in mid-January, and some of my South African colleagues suggested I rent a car to get around.

Now, every time I am in Jo'burg for work, I usually get the company to get me a driver to take me around, but I won't have this luxury in CPT since it's a leisure trip.

Will it be safe to rent a car by myself? How hard will it be to drive on the wrong (err... left  tongue  ) side of the road and drive a manual shift at the same time? I'm thinking of getting one of those vintage-looking rabbits/golfs. Is there an age limit? I'm 23yo.

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RE: Renting A Car In South Africa

Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:11 pm



Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
I will be spending a weekend in Cape Town in mid-January, and some of my South African colleagues suggested I rent a car to get around.

Good luck finding one. That is still HIGH tourist season and Cape Town is the premier destination. Your age might count against you too. Cape Town drivers are also not the best, you will need your wits about you. I just spent ten days there with my motorcycle and had several close shaves a day.

There is a place in Cape Town that rents out older cars for less, but I can't think of the name right now. Google Cape Town Car Hire. All the internationals are represented at CPT.
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RE: Renting A Car In South Africa

Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:56 pm



Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Will it be safe to rent a car by myself? How hard will it be to drive on the wrong (err... left ) side of the road and drive a manual shift at the same time? I'm thinking of getting one of those vintage-looking rabbits/golfs. Is there an age limit? I'm 23yo.

Hi Coal

Check out the South African Avis website (avis.co.za). They currently have an international visitor special on offer which, beside the rental, includes unlimited mileage, insurance, surcharges, levies,contract fees and FF mileage.

The age limits for renting from Avis is 21 years. If you are weary of getting lost, Avis also rent out GPS units. You will get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite quickly.  Wink


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RE: Renting A Car In South Africa

Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:47 pm

Thanks for the info! So apart from the tourist traps (Table Mountain, the Waterfront), what else should I do?

Oh, and I've driven in Colombia and Miami, so defensive driver are my two middle names  wink 

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RE: Renting A Car In South Africa

Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:24 pm



Quoting Coal (Reply 3):
Thanks for the info! So apart from the tourist traps (Table Mountain, the Waterfront), what else should I do?

What are you interested in? Then spend some time at www.tripadvisor.com and read what regular tourists have to say about the region, places to see and things to do. If necessary IM me and I will try my utmost best to be of further assistance.

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RE: Renting A Car In South Africa

Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:20 pm



Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
How hard will it be to drive on the wrong (err... left tongue ) side of the road and drive a manual shift at the same time?

Driving on the wrong side of the road isn't particularly hard. You just need to sit in the car and acclimate yourself to the left side. The pedals are the same, as is the gear pattern. When I drove in the UK, it helped that I am left handed, but you still shouldn't have a big problem.
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