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Old Jun 19, 19, 3:47 pm
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SA cross border car hire

morning all,

after some recommendations for providers likely to offer cross border care hire (from JNB towards Swaziland or possibly Mozambique, and from DUR into Lesotho)

i thought iíd try my luck with Woodford as figured they would be more forgiving than the majors but unfortunately has been declined on security grounds (they didnít specify which of the two rentals, and which country on the JNB rental so iím unclear on where the specific risk is, or if itís just ďeverywhere outside of South AfricaĒ)

our friends on the ground in SA are telling us itís safer to drive out of the country than remain around Johannesburg so iím A little stumped!

thanks in advance!
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Old Jun 20, 19, 6:03 am
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You can hire an Avis car from Maputo, but you can't do a one-way drop off from Maputo to JNB or visa-versa. That suggests to me that they have two separate fleets. Certainly the larger companies have no issue with cars going between South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini (Swaizland) provided you request all the documentation before you pick up. There may be an additional charge but I think most people find it insignificant. Mozambique might be the issue.

4x4 companies are very used to their vehicles being taken out of SA, at a price. If you don't have any luck with the major car companies, try the 4x4 specialists.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 6:11 am
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Thanks for this. Avis SA have said no to Mozambique but yes to the others. I will have a think about flying into Maputo and doing the circuit from there instead as an alternative. Was trying to avoid one way as I imagine that would complicate things enormously!!
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Old Jun 22, 19, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by konagirl2 View Post
That suggests to me that they have two separate fleets.
Well yes, of course they do. SA and Mozambique are separate countries with different laws, rules and regulations, so Avis has separate fleets registered in each country.

Having said that, Hertz in Phalaborwa once gave me an SUV with Windhoek license plates. I never figured out how that worked.

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Old Jun 23, 19, 2:54 am
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A few years ago I hired a car from Hertz at JNB to include driving in Lesotho & Swaziland - I advised them of my plans at the time of booking and they ensured the paperwork included these details.
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Old Jun 23, 19, 3:02 am
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A few years ago I hired a car from Hertz at JNB to include driving in Lesotho & Swaziland - I advised them of my plans at the time of booking and they ensured the paperwork included these details.
i just got an email back from Avis advising itís all sorted and the paperwork will be waiting for me when I pick it up

painless

must just be a woodford thing?
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Old Jun 23, 19, 2:13 pm
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must just be a woodford thing?
Not sure what to make of Woodford.

Some years ago they had Audi Q7s in their fleet. That's a car that I rather like, so I sent them an e-mail to ask whether they could offer a vehicle guarantee should I make a booking, as the "or similar" (Mercedes) did not appeal to me. Never got an answer. Tried again, with the same result.

A while later I was walking past the JNB car rental offices, and decided to pop in to ask the question in person. A handful of customers were at the counter. All immaculately dressed in expensive suits, and all demanding the newest, biggest shiniest cars with the most bling, despite having no advance reservations. I would have put my money on white-collar criminals or representatives of corrupt governments, which boils down to the same thing. The Woodford agents could only offer whatever they had available, which apparently was not good enough. The various suits would not take no for an answer either. Very entertaining. I also managed to get another agent to answer my question: the Q7s were leaving the fleet, and would not be replaced. Since then I've had no reason to rent from Woodford.

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