Driving in South Africa
■ South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road.
■ Seatbelts are compulsory and you may not talk on your mobile phone while driving.
■ All speed limits in South Africa are in kilometres per hour.
■ Generally, the speed limit for urban areas is 60km/h, on secondary roads it’s 100km/h and on national highways its 120km/h. Always keep an eye out for the designated speed limit as these may vary depending on road conditions and law enforcement does take place next to the road.
■ You may use a valid driver’s licence issued in your own country as long as it has a photograph, the signature of the holder and is in English. Otherwise, it’s best to obtain an international driving licence before you leave home. You should always have your driver’s licence with you when you are driving as you will be asked to produce it if you are pulled over for any reason.
■ keep your fuel tank topped up and to carry extra water in the event of a breakdown as distances between towns can be quite long, especially along major roads crossing the interior of the country.
■At all times, make sure your doors are locked when driving. If driving in remote areas, or driving through lower-income areas, or driving after dusk, it is advisable to have your windows rolled up (if you need air, roll them down a fraction, but not enough to get a hand through).
■ At intersections and traffic lights it’s advisable to keep an eye on your mirrors for opportunists creeping up on you to pinch bags (or cars!). If someone does try to take possessions or cars, the guidance is to give it to them without a struggle … remember that most crime in S.A. is violent and most criminals will have a weapon of some shape
■ It’s best not to tempt fate (ie don’t have bags visible on the passenger seat or the rear seat, or even on the floors. It’s too easy to break a window, grab a bag and run. Bags should be stowed under the seats or in the boot).
By far the most relaxing way to Travel by car in South Africa is
Vacation Packages in South Africa
Minimum of 2 people with air conditioned vehicle to suit the group size, driver / guide and accommodation booked
In instances where a rented vehicle is taken across SA’s borders, a letter of authorisation is needed from the rental company. Most Rental services supply their renters with a letter of authority when they are to cross the border. It contains the vehicle details such as engine and vin numbers as well as the rental details and which country they are entering.