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Travel Tips
Driving Tips:
  • South Africa offers an excellent network of tarred roads with emergency services available along all the major highways
  • Driving is on the left hand side of the road
  • Generally the speed limits are 60 km in built up areas, 100km in rural areas and 120km on highways. Speed limits apply in Game Reserves. These are all strictly enforced.
  • It is essential, by law, to wear seat belts.
  • Petrol costs approximately R9.90 per litre (it may fluctuate on a monthly basis). Petrol stations (known locally as garages) accept cash or South African Garage Cards - they do not accept credit cards. When traveling long distances, please ensure that you have sufficient cash to fill up with enough fuel to complete the journey.
  • Petrol is available 24 hours per day at all major centres and on all highways.
  • When driving you must be in possession of a valid, unendorsed drivers license at all times.
  • Do not drink and drive in South Africa, as this is a very serious offence. Maximum allowance is 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine or 2 tots of spirits.
  • Long distances may be traveled with ease and traffic is often minimal.


  • South Africa has 11 official languages
  • English is the main official language


  • The Rand denoted by the symbol R. R1 = 100cents.Coins are in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, R1, R2, R5.
  • Notes are in R10, R20, R50, R100,R200.


  • Currently 14% VAT (Value-Added Tax) this is included in the marked quoted price of most goods and services


  • In restaurants, patrons are expected to tip 10% of the bill depending on the standard of service provided.


  • In major cities, towns and most game reserves, tap water is purified and safe to drink.


  • S.A. GMT 2 hours ahead


  • 220 Volt AC
  • 3 Point Plugs are used in S.A


  • Before you travel to S.A. ensure that you are familiar with travel-related ailments, such as malaria

For your Safety:

  • Keep all doors locked while driving
  • Always park in a safe, designated area
  • When leaving the vehicle unattended, lock all the doors and the boot (trunk).
  • Do not leave valuables in the vehicle. Personal property is not covered by Europcar, Hertz, Tempest, Budget insurance.
  • Do not hand keys to hotel porters to park the vehicle, or leave keys at reception.
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