Getting Around South Africa
Fly into - Drive around - travel the rail or Take a Bus Tour to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth
South Africa has three international airports: Johannesburg International Airport, Durban International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
Of these three, Johannesburg is the largest and most popular. All three have duty-free facilities and bus links with the city centre and the major hotels. Their facilities also include taxi ranks, restaurants, car rental offices, tourist information desks and hotel booking desks.
Apart from these, there are several national and smaller airports and airfields.
The national airline (SAA) and the other smaller airlines combine to create an excellent air network. Charter companies operate widely. Visitors will be able to rent and pilot light aircraft’s if they can produce a valid pilot’s licence
there are a number of national car rental companies who have outlets that are very conveniently placed, e.g. at airports. A car can be collected from one outlet and dropped at another, for a premium. Local firms offer a cheaper but more limited service. A large variety of vehicles are available for rent but vehicle rental in South Africa is relatively expensive.
South Africa has a well-developed rail infrastructure. However travel by train is mostly not recommended for tourists because the system is not geared for it and safety is a concern.
Cape Town is the only city with a suburban network but it is not considered safe to use it after dark. There are, however, luxury rail companies that offer the tourist high levels of comfort and safety, such as Rovos Rail and the Blue Train.
An aspect of rail travel that is very popular with visitors is the luxury passenger trips and shorter trips on scenic routes.
There are a few long-distance coach companies that provide transport
between cities but visitors need to book well in advance. Intercape, | Greyhound, | SA Roadlink | Translux
There are mainly two types of taxis in South Africa. Metered taxis are more expensive and to be found mainly in the cities although some small towns may have a limited number. They cannot be hailed from the street and must either be ordered by phone or at the taxi ranks, which are scarce.
Minibus taxis are the cheapest but also the most uncomfortable. Violence connected with minibus taxis and a relatively high accident rate make this the least preferable mode of transport