>> Road Rules

Below are some basic road rules for driving in South Africa.

  • Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Passing is on the right.
  • Generally the speed limits are 60 km in built up areas, 100km in rural areas and 120km on highways. Speed limits also apply in Game Reserves. These are all strictly enforced. Be aware that speed traps and cameras are used frequently and speeding fines can be in excess of R300.
  • You are required by law to wear a seat belt (safety belt).
  • Driving while talking on a mobile phone is illegal. A hands-free kit must be used.
  • It is illegal to drink and drive.
  • When driving you must be in possession of a valid, unendorsed drivers license at all times.
  • Petrol costs approximately R4.00 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/Gas stations (known locally as garages) can be found along all major routes and are often open 24-hours. A petrol attendant will fill your tank, and tipping is at your discretion.
  • Most petrol stations also offer a shop, restaurant and restrooms. Stop frequently when travelling long distances for rest and refreshments.

>> Road Conditions

  • South Africa has an excellent network of tarred roads that connects major cities and towns throughout South Africa.
  • Emergency services are available along all major routes.
  • Traffic is light by international standards. To avoid 'rush-hour' traffic in major cities, refrain from driving between 7am-8:30am and 5pm-6:30pm.
  • In some rural and farming areas you may come across gravel roads. Slow down and proceed with caution, especially if you are not familiar with driving on gravel. Car rental companies do not allow vehicles to be taken on untarred roads unless the vehicle is a 4x4.


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