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Free State Guide

Guide

Free State, a province in the central region of South Africa, has over 30,000 farms and is thus considered the country's bread basket. The Drakensberg and Maluti mountains raise the province to an elevation of at least 3,200 feet, with self-drive being the best way to take in the spectacular scenery. Major towns include Bloemfontein, Sasolburg and Bethlehem, with Bloemfontein being South Africa's judicial capital.

Hiring a Vehicle

Public transportation in Free State is not well established and can be difficult for foreigners to comprehend. Thus, car rental in Free State is your best bet to get around. Avis along with other major suppliers have depots in the capital of Bloemfontein. You will find great deals if you remember to compare car hire before leaving home.

Transport Options

The provincial capital, Bloemfontein, has a domestic airport with flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Those visitors driving from any of these cities can take the major highways running from all four compass points. The N1 runs south from Johannesburg, passing through the entirety of Free State towards Cape Town of the Western Cape. The N3-N5 runs east from Durban. From the Eastern Cape in the south, drivers can take the N6.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Free State

For car hire in Free State, as with the rest of South Africa, drivers need to have a valid International Driving Permit as well as five years of driving experience Driving is on the left side of the road. The speed limit on highways is 75mph (120kph), while it is 60mph (100kph) on secondary roads.

Not to be Missed!

Visiting the early stages of South Africa's largest river, the Orange, with the Maluti Mountains as its source, is a must-do for any tourist to Free State. The Gariep Dam, built to tame this great river, has a number of increasingly popular resorts on its banks. The district of Thabo Mofutsanyana is another must-see as its nearby wilderness offers visitors a different treat in every season of the year.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Because of its elevation, Free State has a climate that is largely continental. Summers are warm and hot, while winters are cool to downright freezing. In the capital, Bloemfontein, summer temperatures in January are pleasant, at around 15°C to 31°C, while winters sees temperatures of -2°C to 16°C in July.

Practical information

  • Currency
    South African rand
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    60 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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