some basic road rules for driving in South
- 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
- When driving you must be in possession
of a valid, unendorsed drivers
license at all times.
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.
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
- Most petrol stations also offer a shop,
restaurant and restrooms. Stop
frequently when travelling long distances
for rest and refreshments.
- South Africa has an excellent
network of tarred roads that connects
major cities and towns throughout South
services are available along all
is light by international standards. To
avoid 'rush-hour' traffic in major cities,
refrain from driving between 7am-8:30am
- 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.