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a reply to: halfoldman
For Americans Who Intend to Drive in South Africa
Any valid U.S. driver's license is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder; is printed in English; and the license is issued while the holder thereof was not permanently or ordinarily a resident of South Africa for the period thereof; and subject to the conditions under which such license was issued. If your license does not comply, you should obtain an International Driving Permit before flying to South Africa.
U.S. residents usually obtain International Driving Permits from local auto clubs affiliated with the AAA. The New York Department of Motor Vehicle does not issued International Driving Permits.
If your licence is in English and has a picture, and is not expired by the end of the period you are here, your Australian licence is fine. No need for an IDP.