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Driving Tips

Driving in South Africa

Hiring a vehicle is an ideal way to see the country as South Africa has an exceptional road infrastructure.

Driving tips

  • Before embarking on a long road trip, it is important to plan your route and fuel consumption Bank credit cards will not be a valid form of payment at refueling stations (garages)
  • Only stop at refueling stations and designated picnic sites
  • When lost, it is advisable to go to the nearest business or refueling station for directions
  • Keep vehicle doors locked at all times. It is advisable to keep the windows closed as well
  • Make sure all valuables are kept locked in the trunk of the vehicle
  • Never pick up strangers
  • Road rules prohibit driving while talking on a mobile phone, therefore a hands-free car kit is highly recommended.

Road Rules

  • South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road
  • Stopping on freeways/highways is prohibited unless you have car trouble or have been instructed to do so by a traffic officer
  • Distance and speed limits are measured in kilometres
  • Do not feed animals from the vehicles while on tours across the country
  • Drive cautiously in rural areas as these areas are not fenced off and you may find animals wondering on the roads
  • Seatbelts are to be warn at all times by the driver, passenger and occupants in the back of the vehicle

Speed Limits

  • Motorways/highways: 100–120 kph
  • Open roads: 120 kph
  • Rural roads: 80–100 kph
  • Towns/urban roads: 60 kph
  • Provincial roads: 60–80 kph
  • Road tolls: There are many road tolls across South Africa.