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Travel Documents

You've booked your trip and paid. You have received a notice that you will receive your travel documents approximately 2 weeks prior to departure. What can you expect with your travel documents?

- A list of all the booked items in chronological order
- Directions per accommodation
- If you have a car journey: a global google map from place to place (global route guidance)
- Addresses and telephone numbers of the accommodations and/or suppliers
- E-tickets, if applicable
- Vouchers for car rental
- Reservation numbers for SANParks and other suppliers (for example, day trips)

Upon receipt of a rental car or motorhome (Camper) you can ask for maps. Often these are already present in the vehicle, but if it is not you ask for it when you receive your vehicle. Be sure to properly check the inventory in your motorhome before you leave.

All travel documents will be sent to you by us by e-mail.

Driver's license:
If you rent a camper, you must be in possession of an international driving license. If you do not have one, you will unfortunately not receive the motorhome from the rental company. You can buy an international driver's license at a post office.

The International Driving Permit is often called an IDP. Once you've got your International Driving Permit you will usually be able to drive in most countries overseas, just make sure you also have your full UK licence with you. It's required or recommended in over 140 countries - including the USA, Brazil and Hong Kong.

Google Maps

As an extra service we make, after you have booked your trip, a Google Map for you of the route you have chosen. With the packages on our website you will find Google Maps as well.

The map is based on Google features and information. Unfortunately this is not always accurate and serves only as an indication of the route and distances. The Google Map may deviate from the route specified in the day program.

The distances and travel times are generated by Google and take no account of the road conditions, road congestion and certainly not with the Panorama Route. You will want to stop occasionally to enjoy the views.

We encourage you therefore to use the map as a rough guide and to buy a good road map. You can also book a GPS with your car and/or Camper/Motorhome.

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Vouchers for accommodations are no longer required at this time. In the traditional way of working travel companies give customers vouchers. The customer presents the voucher at the accommodation. After the customer's stay, the property sends the voucher with the bill to the tour operator. We as a internet tour operator pay all suppliers and accommodations well before the arrival date of the customer. A voucher is therefore no longer necessary.

Another advantage is that we thus avoid so-called over-booking. Because we have paid the accommodations well in advance our customers avoid being overbooked. The accommodation after all, can be sure that the customer is coming because the payment has been done. We have chosen this method to avoid any problem in this regard for you as a customer.

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Guides (Books)

There are a lot of different guides on South Africa available. As a service we have selected a good quality guide for you that you can easily buy at a travel bookstore.

Title: Travel Guide Rough Guide South Africa
Language: English
Edition: 2015
Number of pages: 700
Price: € 24.99

This is a very good guide for both organized and especially for the independent traveler. It is packed with information about traveling, sleeping, eating, as well as museums and culture.

Please enquire about postage prices at your post office and find out at your local book store if they have stock.

As a customer of South Africa Specialist, you can get a discount on English speaking guides. Send the code an email to

You can usually pay in three ways:

Credit card (Visa card or Master card)
You pay in advance by credit card. Credit card orders will be sent after approval of the credit card company. Approval may take several hours. They have no influence here; sometimes quickly, sometimes it takes a little longer. Remember that they may only and may be sent to the address (and the person) where credit card is registered. Do you have an address other than the specified credit card companies refuse payment.

You pay in advance via the bank. Once your payment is received (within a few minutes) they proceed to shipping.

On account
With your order, you will find an invoice. You pay afterwards

After entering your order and it is processed they send it as soon as possible - within three days -. It may happen that an item is not immediately available; and if necessary - they will contact you if they cannot fulfil the promise of three days.


As an extra service we make a Google Map of the route chosen after you have booked your trip.

The map is based on Google features and information. Unfortunately this is not always accurate and serves only as an indication of the route and distances.

We encourage you therefore to use it as a rough guide and to buy a good road map.

In the England, you can generally get a good road map of South Africa. If all maps are available, they are often not recent. We provide the service so you have the option of ordering a recent map through a travel bookstore.

If you are looking for a clear and recent map of Botswana, you can order it directly here. This map is a great addition to your GPS!

As a customer of South Africa Specialist you will get discount on your maps. Send the code and an email to

We offer the following possibilities:



A Pocket map is a small handy booklet
Scale 1: 3,600,000 / English / Price: € 7.95

This is a bigger size. It is easy to browse and has a detailed road map.
Great value lies in the city maps and detailed maps of tourist areas.

Scale 1: 1,250,000 / 2015 / English / Price: € 17.95

We advise you to buy both tickets. The large in-car, small for your handbag.

You can usually pay in three ways:

Credit card (Visa card or Master card)
You pay in advance by credit card. Credit card orders will be sent after approval of the credit card company. Approval may take several hours. They have no influence here; sometimes quickly, sometimes it takes a little longer. Remember that they may only and may be sent to the address (and the person) where credit card is registered. Do you have an address other than the specified credit card companies refuse payment.

You pay in advance via the bank. Once your payment is received (within a few minutes) they proceed to shipping.

On account
With your order, you will find an invoice. You pay afterwards

After entering your order and it is processed they send it as soon as possible - within three days -. It may happen that an item is not immediately available; and if necessary - they will contact you if they cannot fulfil the promise of three days.

Other Travel Documents

Please ensure that you have all your own travel documents ready for your trip when you come to South Africa.

Below is a guideline of what you might need, but please check with your local Embassy/Home Affairs in South Africa online for updated information.

1) Passport

2) Usually your passport needs to be valid for 30 days after your arrival back in the United Kingdom.

3) Usually you get a visitor's visa for 3 months, free of charge on arrival.

4) You must be in possession of a return flight ticket or a ticket for travelling further out of South Africa.

Visas & border crossing

South Africa Visa
Visas for UK citizens are available free at the border and is valid for stays shorter than 90 days (tourist visa). You go to customs or passport control at the airport and get a stamp in your passport, it is almost half a page in size and there must be room for it. The passport must have at least two blank pages. The passport must be valid for at least 30 days after returning to your home country. You must also have a ticket with confirmed or return flight.

When staying in South Africa for more than 3 months, we encourage you to contact us to take on the current state of affairs. There are new visa (yet unclear) rules. All children must have their own travel document / passport to enter South Africa. The parents credited in the passport is not enough! Due to trafficking of children which is a worldwide major problem is when South Africa decided on drastic visa rules for parents traveling with children.

New legislation: children under 18 must besides the passport also have an original (full) birth certificate required at entry into South Africa. All documents relating to travel should be in English with children under 18 years.

Click here for a brief overview of the necessary documents by category (children traveling with both parents, children traveling with one parent, children traveling alone).

Click here for the document of Home Affairs with the new regulations. You can find the affidavit on the last page. Pay attention. It must be signed by a commissioner of oaths. This can be a notary, the municipality where the child is born or the Embassy of South Africa in the UK.

More information can be obtained from the South African Embassy in the UK.

Request birth certificate
The Ministry urges citizens and foreign nationals to have the original birth certificates of their children to apply. The advice is to take plenty of time for the application of the act and not to wait too long to start the process.

Frequently asked questions about the new rules:

The new rules apply only to travel in South Africa?
The rules apply to travels to and from South Africa and as a transit in South Africa.

Up to what age do the new rules apply?
The rules apply to children under 18.

Should parents traveling with their children have an original birth certificate with them?
No, a certified copy of the original also complies. This is available from the municipality in which a person is born.

How do the customs officers in South Africa check papers?
They check if the names on the full birth certificate match the name on the passport. The full birth certificate is there to make sure that the child is traveling with the right parents or legal guardian. If the child is not traveling with both parents, and someone else, the right papers have to be included (see above). Those papers must all be in English.

Neighbouring countries
Regular travellers combine their South African holiday with a visit to one of the neighbouring countries. The border crossing in Africa is less flexible than in Europe and the purchase of a visa can take long. As long as you have a good dose of patience, the African bureaucracy has also its charm. Below you will find information on visa requirements for neighbouring countries in South Africa. For all other neighbouring countries, please make sure to check the requirements directly with the relevant the departments.

Namibia: (2017)

Swaziland Visa
Swaziland, you need a visa, it is free at the border. Your passport should be at least three months valid upon arrival.

Lesotho visa
Lesotho does not require a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.

Mozambique visa
The Mozambique Government has set the cost of border visas at USD 50 for all foreign visitors entering the country that require a visa.  This follows the changes in the visa issuing policy earlier this year when it was announced that all tourists can obtain a visa on arrival in Mozambique regardless if they have Mozambique embassy or consular office in their country of residence.  Please keep in mind that obtaining a visa on arrival is often a time consuming and slow process and it is therefore recommended that travellers obtain their visas prior to traveling to Mozambique.

We give you this information as South Africa Specialist purely as an indication. We are not a visa service and cannot be held responsible for refused admission. For the latest information on visas and border crossing, we refer you to make direct contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Consular Service.


Health Conditions:

Usually vaccinations for travellers from the United Kingdom are not required for South Africa. Protection against malaria may be necessary for some areas. Check with your health authorities.
For an overview of the malaria areas in South Africa, click here or click here for an overview of southern Africa.

Under links on our website you will find information on this subject as well.


It is recommended that you ask/visit your municipal health or hospital in England to consult about any vaccinations or medications you might need.

It is also important about which countries you've visited recently and which countries (tour) you will be visiting. If you feel unwell after returning home within a few weeks after returning, we recommend that you visit the doctor. Many African diseases such as malaria, hepatitis and / or a tick bite can be diagnosed by a simple blood test. If you use malaria tablets you need to complete the treatment after returning home completely according prescription.

Holidaymakers returning are at increased risk of legionella infection in their own home. People are usually unaware that taps and showers which are not used for more than a week can cause legionella. Legionella contamination can be prevented according to installers association UNETO-VNI by taking a few simple steps: open for a minute to return all hot and cold water taps. It is important to drain the water calmly.

Yellow fever:
Yellow fever does not occur in the southern tip of South Africa (among them South Africa, Botswana, Namibia). A little higher up, the disease or the vaccination for it is recommended or even required, especially when traveling through a country where yellow fever is still frequent (even if it is only one stop at the airport). In some countries, a so-called yellow fever certificate required. Vaccinations must be given at least 10 days before departure.

In Zambia it was obliged to have a Yellow Fever vaccination until February 2015. At this time, the risk of yellow fever abated. However, it is always advisable to contact your doctor for advice.

Vaccinations for older travellers (60+) are that there is a greater risk of side effects of the yellow fever vaccination. This opportunity is especially present if they have not previously had this vaccination. In some cases, the physician decides to not submit this vaccination. For visitors from England/Europe to South Africa there are no vaccination requirements at this time. More information can be obtained from your vaccination doctor.

Unfortunately, millions of people in Africa are infected with the HIV virus, even in South Africa.

Insect bites or bites of other animals:
Scorpions, bees, spiders, snakes, crocodiles, leopards, ticks, mosquitoes, hippos, you name it, they all occur in South Africa. So travel with a first aid kit with necessary first aid attributes. At the pharmacy you can buy a special box against all kinds of bites. If you sleep in areas with lots of mosquitoes, sleep under a mosquito net and use insect repellent. Check regularly that you do not have a tick bite and take a tick ointment/repellent (available at drugstores) on your journey. Do not touch scorpions, spiders etc. with bare hands and don't place your hand or foot where you have no control. The animals often hide in dark places (e.g. in a hollow tree trunk) and the chances are that you are bitten or stung when you are in their territory. Do not leave shoes outside your tent when you're camping, so no small animals can crawl in there.

For more information on malaria and malaria prevention: Click here.

If you use medication take it along in the original package and keep the note from your pharmacy with your travel voucher. You can then answer any questions at a border crossing and buy new medicines back in SA for lost luggage.

Some parts of South Africa can be very hot in some seasons. Avoid dehydration by drinking enough water.

Recommended vaccinations for South Africa: DTP and Hepatitis A. Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP), are diseases which are already vaccinated normally at a young age in the United Kingdom. A Hepatitis A (infectious jaundice) vaccination is especially recommended when traveling under primitive conditions. Travellers staying longer than three months in South Africa are often advised to take a Hepatitis B vaccination. In some cases, a vaccination against rabies, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and / or Tuberculosis are given.

A vaccination doctor can give a travel warning in some cases and advise you not to take the vaccination. This could be achieved when one has a reduced resistance or if you are, pregnant (e.g. chemotherapy), or want to be, or if one is suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Food poisoning:
"Be careful with what" you eat is a general sage advice for travellers worldwide. Diarrhoea is experienced by 20 to 50% of travellers and can cause dehydration. Avoid foods that are kept warm for hours on hot plates or under a lamp, avoid raw eggs and ensure that fruit and vegetables are cleaned and peeled. Be careful with shellfish.

The sun is at its strongest between 11:00 and 15:00, so avoid spending time under the sun for too long if possible. Protect yourself with a good sunscreen and wear a hat or cap to protect yourself. Even if it is cloudy, a risk of burns remains.

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Money Matters

The currency in South Africa is the Rand, divided into 100 cents. The price is about 23 Rand to 1 Pound (February 2016), so this is very beneficial for tourism from the Pound in the United Kingdom. There are banknotes of 10, 20, 50,100 and 200, coins of 1, 2 and 5 Rand and 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Credit cards are widely accepted, but they charge a fee which is unfavourable to you. Pins can be used at most places. You will see regular ATM cash machines as you go.

The banks are open Monday to Friday, some even on Saturday or Sunday morning. Most large banks have an ATM, but ATM machines can also be found elsewhere in the shopping district. For current exchange rates please visit: Euros/Pounds and dollars can be exchanged at most banks, as well as travellers checks. The usual credit cards for example Visa and MasterCard are accepted in the larger cities. Pins can be used at an ATM machine with your English bank card. The charges levied for this are equal almost everywhere in the world.

Please contact your bank for more information on using your credit card in South Africa.

Some petrol filling/gas stations may only accept cash payment, keep this in mind when refuelling. In the larger gas stations there is often an ATM. Refuelling is done for you. The attendant will also ask to check your water and wash your windshield, check oil level and tire pressure. It is customary to provide a small tip in this case.

From markets and roadside stalls, it is not strange to bargain. At restaurants a tip of 10-15 % is usual for the waiting staff due to a very low salary. For larger groups, the gratuity is already added to the total in some restaurants.

If you are buying presents you can ask for a VAT note, so you can get back the tax at the airport before you fly back to the United Kingdom.

**As Zimbabwean banks are limiting cash withdrawals, we are advising all guests to bring US Dollars in order to avoid the long queues at ATMs or banks. Plastic payments - by credit or debit card - could cause delays. The good news is that according to ZIMRA, "The importation of currency into Zimbabwe by travellers is not restricted. This implies that any person can bring in any amount of currency into Zimbabwe."

Tourists just need to declare the money in their possession on Baggage Declaration Forms when they enter the country. Travellers should however be aware that the maximum cash they can take out of Zimbabwe is US$1 000 or R20 000, according to a statement by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ZIMRA.

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GPS / Telephone

You can contact us in connection with your car or campervan hire for a GPS and / or satellite phone rentals at attractive rates.

Our car rental costs for a SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM: is about R75 to R80, - per day. (Deposit: R 1000).

If you already own a GPS, you can also order tickets from South Africa via the website of your GPS supplier, especially for the longer trips. Additional maps for Southern Africa, for example, Tom Tom is about € 100.

There are also companies in South Africa which program a GPS for your route. This is not cheap and our experience was not positive, therefore we have not chosen to offer this service.

A very good GPS and GPS maps provider for Africa is Tracks. If this is appealing to you, please visit the website Tracks of Africa

Garmin GPSMAP62 including Tracks4Africa software
The Garmin GPSMAP62 is a small navigation system when you are off the beaten track in Southern Africa. It is a very versatile GPS with mapping display. It is equipped with the highly sensitive SiRF GPS receiver allowing reception almost always. The price: € 5, per day (Deposit € 150) you can order it yourself or we can do this for you.

Tracks4Africa Overland Navigator
We would like to introduce the Tracks4Africa Overland Navigator app (or planner) to you to make your RV travel as efficiently as possible!

The app is suitable for IPad / IPhone (However, the iPad must have a GPS module) and includes coverage for southern and eastern Africa. The app is what we call an offline app, which means that once it is installed on your device, you do not need internet connection to use the app or its content cards. Internet while traveling is not necessary!

Trip planning is useful when you want to find out how long it will take to get from place A to B to drive, if you would like to obtain additional information or pre-plan your day trips from certain accommodations.

The Tracks4Africa GPS maps have been used by many travellers in Africa the last 10 years. The GPS maps are made by real people, and include only controlled roads and nominate worthy sights. The cards answer the most important questions for every traveller, including: where to sleep, where we find fuel, where we eat or buy things, what can we see or do here, where we go in case of an emergency, and where we should be aware of.

The app gives detailed information about roads, attractions, accommodations, camping's, gas stations, auto services, restaurants, shops, banks, currency, border control etc. Many sites have additional information such as contact details and descriptions.

It also has a Tracks4Africa planner with the largest campsite database for Africa, most campgrounds description, prices, contact information and what facilities they offer. Quite a few also feature photographs that were submitted by travellers. Along the way you have the opportunity to find accommodation and to calculate distances between locations. The app then displays a map with the route and voice instructions as you are used to from the GPS.

The app can be purchased in iTunes under Tracks4Afrika Overland Navigator. The current price is approximately USD 99 (prices may vary in different countries) and it is a one-time purchase. Once installed, you can use the app at all times.

Please contact us for more information regarding this App.

Please note: In South Africa, it is customary to first call the number, and then the street name. Occasionally there is no street name. Sometimes place names instead of English to Afrikaans or Xhosa indicated, this can lead to confusion. When you book accommodation through us you will receive directions as provided by the accommodation, this can help you could the GPS give problems.

In South Africa, almost everyone has a cell phone and everywhere asked to enter your mobile phone number. Sometimes you have at the entrance to the area where the lodge is located, call the front desk, and they open the gate for you. Very handy to then have a mobile phone at your disposal, but even if you get an unexpected breakdown and / or need help.

You can call The United Kingdom from any payphone. First 00 and 44, then the telephone number without the 0, depending on your provider for your cell phone in South Africa. However, the costs are quite high. You pay the cost to and from the United Kingdom. Depending on your phone provider, this can amount to approximately € 2 per minute.

You can also buy in South Africa itself a SIM card and credit and put it in your phone. At the airport and in the many existing phone stores, inter alia, MTN, Vodafone, Cell-C and Telkom you can buy a SIM card and credit. Credit (in South Africa called airtime) you can buy at the Pick & Pay supermarket and PEP stores. The range of mobile phones is not equally good.

You can also rent a mobile phone at the airport at the Vodacom store or buy a cheap (about R 200) phone at one of the many phone shops. This can be advantageous if you want to keep calling many in South Africa and also want your Dutch telephone within reach.

For example, if you take a motor home to South Africa's neighbouring countries, then a rental satellite phone is an option.

We are an agent for a satellite phone rental company.
The rental is approximately € 11 per day.

The satellite phone comes with a SIM card where you can choose from a prepaid package with 30, 50,100 and 200 minutes. You make a choice for the number of call minutes you require in advance. Failure to use these calling minutes will unfortunately not be refunded. If you use more voice minutes than your package allows then these additional costs will be calculated at the return of the phone (at the same rate per minute). Receiving a call is completely free of charge.

Send us an email if you want to use this service.

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Fees & Tips

In South Africa there are often low salaries, thus it is customary to tip waiting staff. In some places it is the fact that the staff shall be paid only with tips. Tipping is not compulsory but if you are satisfied with the service we can give you some guidelines.

Restaurants: Lunch and dinner are considerably cheaper here than you are used to in the United Kingdom. The exchange rate of the Rand often helps with that. It is an average lunch (rough estimate) about 5 to 10 euros/pounds per person depending on the menu. A main course is on average between 10 and 15 euros/pounds and almost all restaurants have websites where the menu often shows the prices. Drinks are also cheaper than in the United Kingdom. Giving a tip is often 10 to 15% of the amount of the total on the bill. For larger groups, the tip is already added to the total at some restaurants. You will see this then listed on your bill and it is often mentioned on the menu. A drink or meals in local venues are usually cheaper than in more expensive hotels.

Parking attendants: Many are in shopping malls or in the centre of towns as parking attendants and they tell you that they will look after your car. These are basically free parking spots, so you are not obliged to give something. Often they are helpful with loading your groceries, dropping off your trolley and guiding with parking. A coin from 2 to 5 Rand will be much appreciated.

Paid parking spaces: You can pay with cash or a parking ticket at a vending machine, but often there is also a parking attendant around that can assist. He or she will tell you the time rate and you pay the person, which then upgrades the machine for you. And for the service of the arranging for you can give for example 2 extra Rand.

Petrol stations: Here you have the luxury of a gas station attendant. He or she will refuel for you and check if oil, water and tire pressure is in order. Generally they also clean your windows. It is a wonderful service that you give at least two Rand but usually 5 Rand for.

Tours and tour guides: Think of your tour guide! The rule also applies of a 10% tip here, if you are satisfied. And here it is often the case that the staff lives on tips.

Ranger on Game drives: It is customary to give 10% of the bill of the game drive as a tip to the ranger and then also what you leave behind when you leave the game lodge for all the other staff to show that your stay was very special. If you book a multi-day safari, an amount of 100 Rand per person per day is usual.

Train staff: On the train you can judge for yourself what you want to give your booth staff and / or operating personnel. It is not required to give anything but nice.

Hotel Porters: It is customary to give them a few Rand tip per bag.

Domestic staff: Satisfied with the service? Then leave a few Rand tip.

A little tip can already make someone smile and what could be nicer than happy people...

Tolls and E-toll

Tolls in South Africa
In South Africa, for the maintenance and improvement of the road network includes the use of tolls. Tax money is used for maintenance of 81% of the road network; the remaining 19% of South Africa's roads are toll roads. These are mainly the highways between the major cities. You will find so-called toll-plaza where you pay before you can use this road. Always carry some cash with you in case you use a toll road. You drive to the lane with the sign 'manual' where you can pay cash and then continue your way. Both for economic and social development as well as for tourism it is important that the roads are well maintained. You can often avoid toll roads, but the alternative route is always longer, takes more time and it will take and run on bad roads.

E-toll Gauteng
In the Gauteng Province (the economic heart of the country) is another toll since December 2013: e-toll. E-toll is an electronic toll system where drivers do not have to stop to pay a toll plaza, but automatic toll when they drive underneath a toll. You will see this toll on some highways between Pretoria and Johannesburg (in the dark, they shine a purple light). All cars that use these highways are required to have an e-tag (a chip), this e-tag records when the car is passing under the toll and the money is debited at the end of the month on the bank account the driver or via a pre-paid system whereby the driver's money is in his e-tag sets.

When you use these roads with a car you are also required to pay e-toll. Your car must therefore be provided with an e-tag and you will hear a beep when you drive under the electronic toll. The maximum amount a driver pays of e-toll per month is set at 450 Rand. Most car rental companies' count on this amount from your deposit and you pay back an overpayment of the rental period. You only pay when you use these roads.

South African traffic regulations

We want to give you some tips on driving in South Africa.

In South Africa, they drive on the left. The important thing is that you do not forget it. An automatic car is often more expensive (like buying an automatic car is more expensive than a manual car). Especially in motorhome rental there is very limited availability of automatic cars. So let us know immediately if you would like an automatic car.

A special traffic regulation is the stop intersection. A road - that looks like a priority road - with the written word STOP. There is always a sign STOP but these signs are not always obvious. If there is a STOP this means you must actually stop (fines from R 500 and in the Western Cape especially up to R1500 which is a lot for ZA) if you do not stop properly. The one that stops first at such a STOP crossing gets to drive first. This also means that oncoming traffic has priority to drive first if they stopped first.

Another special use: The yellow line. In South Africa, this line can be used to pass traffic. Out of courtesy a slow moving vehicle will move slightly into the yellow line and thus faster moving traffic can pass by easily. As a thank you, once you have passed, you flash your hazard/emergency lights and they will usually acknowledge the thank you with flashing their headlights. It is a kind intended use, but be careful. Usually pedestrians run on this stretch of the road and there are cyclists. Even on the highway, you can see cyclists or walkers! If you drive slower - as it often happens with tourists - it is expected that you also deflect and therefore drive over the yellow line. However, do this only if you have good control over the yellow line and it's totally free and not when driving up-hill.

Pedestrian Priority will be given to cross roads and crowds often voluntarily allow you to go, but before you cross a road as a pedestrian, check if there are cars coming before you cross. The South Africans often drive in higher vehicles (bakkies). We encourage you; if possible, to choose a high car to have the best possible overview. Anyway never choose a car too small. There are mountainous and rugged areas, hills and un-tarmacked tracks. It's fine if you then have sufficient power and visibility. Only in the city, a smaller car can also be sufficient. Traffic violations are punishable in South Africa. Regularly clients get a fine cashed by the rental company via the credit card after the trip. Many car hire companies also calculate additional administration costs of collecting your credit card. After all, the rental agency will pay the South Africa traffic service and this is additional work.

Everywhere there are control speed cameras, (also on the distant long and quiet roads where everyone is driving too fast. There are regular "road" checks. Speed ​​checks are also held. Do not underestimate this and adhere to the rules. There is a lot of work on the roads, and this often leads to long delays. In connection with your safety we advise you to always arrive at your destination before dark, so you do not have to search in the dark or get lost. As mentioned previously, sometimes people walk on the main roads in the evening that are hard to see because of the lack of lighting. An accident happens quickly.

Finally, when crossing a road on foot: first look right, then left and right again.

In England you might be used to parking on either side of the road, but in South Africa you have to ensure that your vehicle faces the correct way. So if you drive on the left, you can only park on the left. They might give you a ticket for parking the wrong way round, so see how the other people park and use that as an indication.

Enjoy this beautiful country and drive carefully.