Car Travel in South Africa

Travelling by Car in South Africa.

Travelling by Car in South Africa.

Travelling by Car in South Africa.

If you are using a car to travel around South Africa, wearing a seat belt is compulsory by law.
The quality of many roads in South Africa can be shocking by European standards, sub standard if you are used to even, well paved streets, especially in the more remote regions such as Lesotho, Swaziland and parts of natal. The road conditions will often necessitate driving more slowly and more cautiously than you would at home. Some areas may even be impassable without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Do not be surprised to come across the odd wandering cow on the rural road.

Car rental companies charge twice as much insurance, for cars travelling outside South African borders, so drive carefully if you are not going to pay that excess. An additional tip is to take the secondary policy which covers you for the excess on the first policy.

Travelling by Mini Bus Taxi is a definite no – no. All forms of public transport are subject to muggings and theft. If you do, always travel with someone else.

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