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South Africa Travel Guide

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South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world, being five times larger than Great Britain and three times the size of Texas. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience.


South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


South Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with lovely warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere so our summers runs from November to February. South Africa enjoys 8.5 hours of sunshine per day on average - one of the world's highest.

Driving & Hiring a Car in South Africa

Hire It Lower Car Hire has pick-up and return locations across the country. Here are some things you should know before renting a car in South Africa.

A driver must be at least 23 years old to rent a car in South Africa.
South Africa's city roads and main highways are generally in very good condition.
South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road.
The speed limit on major roads and freeways is 120km/h and in residential areas is generally 60 km/h
South Africa has plenty of petrol stations even in smaller towns. A petrol attendant will fill up your tank, you do not need to do that yourself.
Always keep your car locked when unattended.
Do not put personal belongings such as handbags or cellphones on the passenger seat.
Be cautious if approached by strangers at traffic lights ("robots") or intersections.
Do not pick up hitchhikers.
Never drink and drive.
Never drive while on your cell phone.
Never drive if you are tired or fatigued.
Drive courteously, allowing faster vehicles to pass.
Study the roads you plan to take, and make sure your maps are up-to-date.