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KwaZulu-Natal Guide


KwaZulu-Natal, the so-called Garden State, is the homeland of the Zulu Nation. The province, situated in the eastern part of South Africa, is known for its historical sites, having been a Dutch and British colony, and beautiful nature reserves. The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is the inland city of Pietermaritzburg, but the largest city is Durban, located along the coastline. Both cities can be easily reached through self-drive, the preferred way to get around.

Hiring a Vehicle

Local transport can be confusing for foreigners, so car hire in KwaZulu-Natal is the best way to get around. Most cities and towns in the province have depots of major international brands such as Avis, but it is worth taking the time to compare car hire before travel as local companies such as Tempest are also a good option.

Transport Options

The main airport is King Shaka International Airport, servicing Durban city and receiving domestic flights from major cities in South Africa. It also connects KwaZulu-Natal internationally to Dubai, Maputo and Lusaka. Visitors coming from Johannesburg can take trains or buses. Those driving from the Eastern Cape can access the province via the N2, while those coming from Johannesburg or any northern city can take the N3.

Car Hire Driving Tips in KwaZulu-Natal

The speed limit on national highways in South Africa is 75mph (120kph). On secondary roads, it is 60mph (100kph), while on urban streets it is 40mph (60kph). When driving, remember to drive on the left. It is highly advisable to acquire insurance when using car rental in KwaZulu-Natal.

Not to be Missed!

After soaking in the sun in the coastal city of Durban, it is recommended to drive north to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park or south to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Both nature reserves have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites for their beauty and pristine conditions. The capital city of Pietermaritzburg is also worth a visit for its colonial history and architecture.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

In South Africa, summer is from December to March and winter is from June to August. Those tourists visiting during the summer may experience some rain in KwaZulu-Natal. However, the climate in the province’s coastal destinations is largely subtropical, meaning these places can be enjoyed throughout the year. Inland regions have similar summer temperatures but are significantly colder in the winter.

Practical information

  • Currency
    South African rand
  • Driving direction
  • 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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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?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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?

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