Overland South Africa Travel
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 Entering South Africa with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)
 Required Paperwork
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies
 Process at border
(For people, see South Africa Visa and Passport requirements at the World Travel Guide)
Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle
 Cost of entry
State the cost for a vehicle to enter
 Permitted length of stay
State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle
 Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
 Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
 Exiting with a vehicle
Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.
 Driving in South Africa
 Insurance requirements
Third party cover is provided by the Road Accident Fund which is funded via a percentage charge on fuel and therefore covers all road users automatically.
Note it only covers third party liability for personal injury/death not damage to a third party's property.
 Cost of insurance
Covered by the purchase of gasoline/diesel
 Where to purchase insurance
 Driving license
State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
 Driving side of road
LHD vehicles can be driven in South Africa without a problem.
 Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
 General Road quality
South Africa has an extensive network of good tarmac roads. However, some roads are not always well maintained, potholes as a result. You can find these all over the country.
 Road signs
Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
 Toll roads
List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.
 Bribery in South Africa
Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.
describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.
 Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
 Gas and Diesel price in South Africa
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€1.12 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€1.03 EUR per Liter|
 Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.
 Gas and Diesel Quality
Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.
 Safety and Security Considerations
 Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
 Vehicle parking
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
 Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
 Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for South Africa - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 Camping in South Africa
South Africans love camping (and a braai) and you will find excellent campsites with all facilities all over the country.
Although I have wildcamped in south Africa it is not a common and/or safe practice. There is a lot of violence in South Africa and for your own security its better to find a campsite..
 Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
 Drinking water
Water from tabs is safe to drink all over the country.
 Paper maps
Description of the best paper maps and where to purchase them.
 GPS Maps of South Africa
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
 GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in South Africa
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
 Special Overland Travel interests
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 Travel Guide Books
List good travel guide books (not necessarily Overland related.
 Vehicle Maintenance
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
 Local Garages
Add known good mechanics here.
 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in South Africa
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.
- South Africa: Visa and Passport requirements | World Travel Guide
- Health Information for Travelers to South Africa - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- South Africa travel guides at wikivoyage
- South Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- South Africa Overland | Overland Sphere Overland travelers currently in South Africa