Swaziland Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in Swaziland
You can drive using your home countries licence or an International Driving Permit.Swaziland drives on the left hand side of the road. Main roads are in reasonable condition but smaller roads may be in a poor state of repair. The main problems you’ll face are poor standards of driving, and possibly crime. Speed limits are often exceeded and drivers often disobey road rules. There have been a number of car jackings on the main roads from South Africa and Mozambique. You should be suspicious of anyone alerting you to a problem while driving. Try to drive to a place of safety before stopping. Also don’t pick up hitch hikers or stop to help motorists appealing for help-this is a favourite decoy for car-jackers. Avoid travel at night to avoid crime but also as roads are often poorly lit, as are vehicles. Also stray animals may be wandering in the road at any time but will present a major hazard at night.

Swaziland Car Rental –
National and Alamo have outlets in Mababane and Nelspruit. Avis have an office in Manzini, Europcar have an office in Mababane. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia

This is a local broker site. None of the companies seem to have their own website but email addresses are given.

This company can arrange self drive safaris throughout Southern African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland & Lesotho


Swaziland Self Drive Rules-
Most of the big companies will allow cars to be taken to South Africa and one way rentals should also be possible.

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