Despite the fuel shortages, Avis has found solutions to assist its customers.


“Avis guarantees a full tank of fuel on collection of the vehicle and should our clients be travelling long distances and require additional fuel, Avis will provide it in 20-litre Jerry cans,” said Bev Sande, MD of Avis Rent a Car, Zimbabwe.
“As fuel is not included in our rates, all fuel used will be charged to the client’s rental,” said Sande.


Foreigners are still permitted to pay for car hire using their international credit cards. “Avis has point of sale machines linked to foreign currency accounts, which allows us to accept credit cards from anywhere in the world.”


Bev was quick to give assurance about the safety of self-drive in the country but said, due to the shortage of foreign currency, clients should avoid attracting attention by flashing large amounts of cash.


“We also encourage customers to rent a GPS from Avis as road signs are often missing.” She said driving at night was discouraged as there were often stray animals on the roads, She also advised drivers to exercise caution as traffic lights often did not work.
“All Avis customers have automatic membership of Road Angels Roadside Assistance so, should our clients run into a problem, help is only a phone call away.”


The company offers vehicles ranging from small cars to SUVs, 4x4s and minibuses on a self-drive or chauffeur-driven basis. Cars are offered on a point-to-point transfer basis, for cross-border and one-way rentals. Extras such as trailer hire and baby seats are also available on request.


Vehicles are available from Avis branches at Harare International Airport, Avis head office and the office (adjacent to Meikles Hotel) in Harare, Joshua Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo and Victoria Falls International Airport. For an additional fee, Avis can deliver a vehicle anywhere in Zimbabwe.