Travel Information for the South Africa Traveller
We recommend that you also view our Travel Checklist for South Africa, for more information
Purchasing Fuel for your rental car in South Africa
Please note that Credit cards are now accepted at most service stations for fuel purchases in South Africa. Please check with the attendant that they do accept cards before you fill your tank.
Time in South Africa
South Africa is 2 hours ahead of GMT, one hour ahead of Central European winter time and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard winter time (USA).
There are 11 official languages in South Africa.The English speaking tourist will experience no difficulties, neither the Dutch nor Flemish speakers. Most of the larger institutions and operators cater for German, French and Japanese groups.
No immunization is needed when entering the country except when entering it within six days after leaving a yellow-fever infected area. Malaria risks in the north-eastern parts of the Northern Province, eastern Mphumalanga and northern Kwazulu-Natal is high ( F. Falciparum strain).
Public roads are well developed and well sign-posted with driving done on the left. Drivers need not have an international driver’s license. It is wise to drive defensively as standards vary. This is probably the best way to see the country.
When parking cars at night make sure that they are parked in areas which are secure and well lit. Never leave loose items or valuables anywhere in the vehicle, always remove such items from the vehicle or place it securely in the boot of the car.
A valid passport is required, be sure to check the expiry date. It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification. Please note, you must have at least 4 blank pages in your passport to gain entry into South Africa, if not, you will be sent home.
Visas are NOT currently required for Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda or Zimbabwe.
Never leave loose items anywhere in the vehicle
It is common sense to always remove valuable items from the vehicle, or place it securely in the boot of the car so that they are out of sight.