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iNTABA has been your South Africa family travel expert for over 10 years

South Africa with children: family trips in a rental vehicle with particularly child-friendly accommodation

As a specialist for family trips to South Africa, we are approached almost every day about what you have to consider if you want to travel South Africa with children? First of all, you should not try to take tips from friends without children for your travel planning. As a family, you have a different pace and needs. Instead, trust an experienced tour operator to travel South Africa with your own children. This is exactly what we specialize in. Our daughters were born in 2007 and 2010 and traveled with us through South Africa of all ages.
We therefore know not only the suitable rooms, but also the most beautiful regions, attractions, beaches, restaurants with a run and much more. The travel routes have been optimized for many years and the accommodations are regularly checked and updated. The right rental vehicle for you comes from AVIS, including navigation system and Premium Plus package.
South Africa is a particularly child-friendly country, which offers the whole family a very varied and, in terms of wildlife, very educational stay. It is possible to travel all year round. So you can use all holiday periods. We have also prepared valuable tips for you regarding flight connections.
There are not many accommodations that specialize in family accommodation. It is therefore advisable to book the holiday periods very early. Ideally 1 year in advance. Cots are available in the special rooms as well as enough space for the whole family. Some safari lodges offer programs for children, you just have to know which game reserve is suitable for which age. Each lodge has its own advantages.

Our South Africa family trips that have been optimized for years

– Cape Town, Cape Region and Penguins
– Whale Watching and Little Karoo
– Excursions on the Garden Route
– Tsitsikamma N.P and Addo N.P.
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge
– Minimum age on game drives: 6 years

– Cape Town, Cape Region and Penguins
– Whale Watching and Little Karoo
– Excursions on the Garden Route
– Tsitsikamma N.P and Addo N.P.
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge
– Minimum age on game drives: 6 years

– ideal from 2 years
– Cape Town, Cape Region and Penguins

– active guest farm and small Karoo
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge

– Excursions on the Garden Route
– Tsitsikamma N.P and Cape St. Francis
– Addo National Park

– ideal from 2 years
– Cape Town, Cape Region and Penguins

– active guest farm and small Karoo
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge

– Excursions on the Garden Route
– Tsitsikamma N.P and Cape St. Francis
– Addo National Park

– Panorama route and Blyde River Canyon
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge
– In a rental car through the Kruger
– Swaziland, St. Lucia and iSimangaliso
– Excursion to the Hluhluwe National Park

– Graduated from the Indian Ocean

– Panorama route and Blyde River Canyon
– 4 guided safaris in private Safari Lodge
– In a rental car through the Kruger
– Swaziland, St. Lucia and iSimangaliso
– Excursion to the Hluhluwe National Park

– Graduated from the Indian Ocean

Further tips for preparing your family trip to South Africa

Our offers for South Africa family trips in a rental car basically include the following services:

  • Overnight stays per person in a double room, depending on availability. Seasonal deviations of individual accommodations (e.g. Christmas or Easter) are reserved.
  • Single room surcharge on request.
  • If the specified seasons overlap, the prices are adjusted accordingly.
  • Catering as indicated
  • Quality rental vehicle with Navis from AVIS or Bidvest. Of course, we can also provide you with other categories. The above travel price including rental car is calculated by dividing the rental car price between 2 adults. For simple trips in the dry season, a mid-size sedan is sufficient, for trips in the rainy season, we strongly recommend an all-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Comprehensive package for your rental car (including navigation system, taxes, airport fees, unlimited mileage, liability, comprehensive insurance and theft insurance without excess (refund of excess in case of damage), 1 additional driver). Accessories such as Child seats can be reserved and paid for on site.
  • Border crossings and one-way rentals are subject to charges.
  • Security certificate for securing your booked trip.
  • Comprehensive, personal travel description with directions, hotel descriptions and much more.
  • current South Africa road map
  • 24 h – local phone number with German speaking contact person.
  • For each travel participant booked, intaba donates EUR 5 to an environmental project in South Africa.

A South Africa family trip, that means e.g. Watching penguins on the Cape that come directly to the beach and that you can even swim with. Whales that spend many months on the coast off Hermanus, making the cooler off-season even more attractive. With a bit of luck, you and your children will be the ones on your safaris "Big Five" (Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), the crowning highlight. Your trip also includes great walks and hikes in the mountains or along the coast, wonderful, clean sandy beaches, countless attractions and sights that are geared towards children. You will experience something exciting every day, so that your holiday becomes an adventure for the whole family. Parents also like to use these opportunities during a South Africa family trip to South Africa with children to show the whole family the animals in their natural environment.

Optional bookable planning service

Have you taken a quiet look at our South Africa family trips in a rental car and can’t find a self-drive trip that suits you, would like to deviate from the ideal route or commission us to plan a new South Africa family trip? For this purpose we offer you our planning service on this page. You always have three options. Decide for yourself which option best suits your South Africa family trip?

Tips from A-Z for your family trip with children to South Africa

We have put together a number of important information for you that you can use both for preparing your trip to South Africa and for the trip itself. Please also note our disclaimer at the end of our tips. The information on the tips listed may change without notice. Of course you can contact us personally if you have any further questions. The following tips and information are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Sunglasses, headgear, sunscreen (sunblock), sturdy and comfortable shoes, preferably ankle-high, e.g. Hiking shoes, zip-off trousers (to be able to vary the length of the legs), warm jacket, possibly rain or softshell jacket, binoculars, pocket knife (do not carry in hand luggage). Wear on game drives >

Automobile Club
The South African Automobile Club is called Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). Anyone who is a member of an automobile club (e.g. ADAC) can use the guest service by presenting their membership card. To do this, you need to go to an AA branch (often in large shopping centers). There you will receive e.g. Maps and other tourist documents.

to bathe
It should not be forgotten that there are sometimes strong (under) currents that even experienced and practiced swimmers pull out to sea. You are also probably aware that sharks live along the South African coast. Therefore, great caution is always required. Please note any danger flags or other information on the beach. Nude bathing is punishable.

This worm disease is more common in South Africa than is often known. The infection occurs by bathing or wading in shallow, standing or only slightly moved fresh water. Verme >

Messages and general safety instructions
Crisis preparedness list: German nationals are generally recommended to be included in the crisis preparedness list to enable quick contact in an emergency.

Worldwide security notice: Please include the worldwide security notice to consider.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Africa
(Embassy of Germany)
201, Florence Ribeiro Avenue
Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 427 8900 Fax: +27 (0) 12 427 8969
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM;
Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Website:

Swiss Embassy in South Africa (Embassy of Switzerland)
225 Veale Street, Parc Nouveau
New Muckleneuk Pretoria 0181, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 452 0660 Fax: +27 (0) 12 346 6605, website:

Austrian Embassy in South Africa (Embassy of Austria)

454 A Fehrsen Street (entrance to William St)
Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 452 9155 Fax: +27 (0) 12 460 1151

Shopping / souvenirs
The shopping offer is diverse. It ranges from large shopping malls to small shops and market stalls. Food can be e.g. Great to buy in clean and well-stocked "SPAR", "Pick n Pay" and "Woolworths Food" markets. In the larger shops you will usually find a selection of hot takeaway food as well as salads. So if you don’t want to eat in the restaurant, you can easily buy something.

entry requirements
German, Swiss and Austrian citizens can stay in South Africa for up to 90 days as a tourist (day of arrival and departure are included). You do not need a visa for this. Upon presentation of a sufficiently valid passport and a valid return flight ticket, a visitor’s permit ("visitor ś visa") is usually issued upon arrival for the period of the planned trip. We ask travelers who require a visa to obtain information on the documents currently required from the relevant embassy. German, Swiss and Austrian citizens receive the visa for Swaziland (recently renamed "eSwatini"), Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana on the respective border. Please be patient with this. We ask travelers who require a visa to obtain information on the documents currently required from the relevant embassy.

The machine-readable travel documents must be valid for at least 30 days (for Swaziland / eSwatini and Lesotho 6 months) after the trip and must also have at least two to three free pages for visa stamps when leaving the country. When traveling from South Africa to other countries (e.g. Swaziland / eSwatini and Lesotho) with a subsequent return to South Africa, travelers should therefore make sure that they have enough free pages in their passports for all entry and exit stamps.

Children’s entries in a parent’s passport have not been valid since June 26, 2012. Every child needs their own ID document, a passport or a children’s passport with a photo. Caution: Children’s passports with an extension or update note are not accepted. Current information can be found at:

We will inform you separately about entry requirements for families with minors or on our website at:

public holidays
January 1st: New Year
03/21: Human Rights Day
Good Friday and Easter Monday
April 27: Freedom Day
May 1st: Workers Day – Labor Day
June 16: Youth Day
09.08 .: National Women’s Day
9/24: Heritage Day
December 16: Day of Reconciliation
12/25: Christmas Day
12/26: Day of Goodwill

taking photos
South Africa is a paradise for photographers. From the many different animal species to the breathtaking landscapes. There is something new to discover behind every bend, behind every mountain. The light of the rising and setting sun gives a very special atmosphere. It is only a few minutes, but during this time the whole country is wrapped in wonderful, warm shades of yellow, orange and red. It is not permitted to photograph or film military facilities, prisons and police stations. If you want to take pictures of people, you should ask your permission beforehand. If you would like to have your pictures developed on site, you can order this in most major cities, usually it only takes a few hours.

Money and foreign exchange
The national currency is the South African rand, 1 rand = 100 cents. "ZAR" is the international ISO code. There are coins of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1 ZAR, 2 ZAR and 5 ZAR. One and two cent pieces have not been minted since 2002, which is why the final amounts are usually rounded off in retail (also when paying by card). Notes are issued in the units 10 ZAR, 20 ZAR, 50 ZAR, 100 ZAR and 200 ZAR. The import of a maximum of 5,000 ZAR is permitted, but you have a better exchange rate in South Africa. The import of foreign currency is not limited. Euros and US dollars can be changed easily. The safest option is a credit card or a bank card with the Maestro logo. In South Africa you have a good network of ATMs where you can conveniently withdraw money with your PIN. The ATMs (ATMs) can be found in almost all localities directly at the banks except at the airports. Many petrol stations also have an ATM, but you shouldn’t rely on them. Depending on the bank, you can withdraw around ZAR 4,000 per day (e.g. ABSA: choose "withdrawal" and then "credit"). If you do not know the secret number of your credit card, please contact your bank advisor in good time. Withdrawal with a Maestro logo bankcard is generally cheaper than with a credit card. Credit cards are a common means of payment in South Africa and are accepted almost everywhere. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted. American Express and Diners Club are not that common. In all major hotels, restaurants and shops you can pay by credit card. You can now also pay by credit card at many petrol stations. For security, however, you should have cash with you, because it can happen that only cash is accepted.

If you want to introduce foreign exchange, it is best to do this in the form of travelers checks. The travelers checks can be cashed in the banks or in the offices of American Express and Thomas Cook (Rennies Travel).

If you lose your card, you should have your card blocked immediately. You can obtain the corresponding telephone number from your card-issuing institute. You can download an SOS Info Pass at You can have almost all cards blocked around the clock at the German number of the central blocking emergency number +49 116 116 for a low cost.

For security reasons, various German banks have recently begun restricting EC card dispositions outside of Europe. Since then, some EC cards can no longer be used to withdraw money or as a means of payment outside of Europe, while others are restricted by a very low daily limit. Please inform yourself about this at your bank before you travel.

Border crossings
South Africa – Swaziland / eSwatini
Ngwenya / Oshoek, Mahamba, Lavumisa / Golela (7 am to 10 pm), Salitje / Onverwacht, Emahlathini, Sandlane / Nerston (8 am to 6 pm), Gege / Bothashoop, Bulembu / Josefsdal, Waverley (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Matsamo / Jeppe´s Reef (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Mananga (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

South Africa – Lesotho
Fickburg Bridge, Maseru Bridge (24 hours)
Tele Bridge, Caledonspoort, Van Rooyens Gate (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Makhaleng Br >

South Africa – Botswana
Kopfontein (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.), Ramatlabama (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Groblers Br >

Namibia – South Africa
Klein Menasse / Rietfontein (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Ariamsvlei / Nakop (24 hours)
Vellorsdrift / Onseepkans (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Noordoewer / Vioolsdrift (24 hours)
Oranjemund / Alexander Bay (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Sendelingsdrift (8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)
Mata Mata (8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Namibia – Botswana
Impalila Island (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Ngoma Bridge (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Muhembo / Shakawe (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Buitepos / Mamuno (7 a.m. Until 6 p.m.)
Since the opening times of the border crossings are very different and even short-term changes cannot be ruled out, we recommend that you inquire again before the border crossing if it is possible to cross the border.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for South Africa unless you are traveling from a yellow fever area (Zambia has also been added to the list of yellow fever endemic areas). This also applies to transit (even just changing the aircraft) through a country declared by the WHO as a yellow fever endangered area, such as for a stopover in Addis Ababa, Nairobi or Lusaka. In these cases, proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination is required. However, everyone should have the usual basic vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute (see For adults, this includes vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), possibly also against polio (polio), mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) and influenza.
Hepatitis A and typhoid are recommended as travel vaccinations, and hepatitis B and rabies are recommended for long-term stays (over four weeks) or special exposure.

Internet cafes can be found in most major cities and in shopping malls. In some hotels and smaller accommodations there is also the possibility to go online. Open WiFi hotspots are becoming increasingly popular.

The seasons are opposite to those of Europe. That if we have winter, it is summer in South Africa and vice versa.
Further information on the subject of climate can be found under “Interesting facts” on our website.

There are petrol stations at the main connections and in the larger cities. The prices are set by the state, but are somewhat cheaper on the coast than inland.
Credit cards are accepted more and more, but not yet everywhere. Therefore, please always carry some cash with you. Not every petrol station has an ATM.
Diesel: diesel oil
Lead free: ULP / LRP / 93 octane Lead free: ULP / LRP / 95 octane

As everywhere in the world, there is crime in South Africa, especially in big cities like Johannesburg. There are a few points to keep in mind:
Be at the property in good time before sunset. Never be out at night. It is not common in South Africa to walk the streets on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays or after dark. We recommend that you follow this.
Be confident but not arrogant. Store all valuables such as luggage, handbag, photo or other things in the car so that they are not visible. Lock windows and doors in the car (many rental vehicles have an extra switch for this). Visit townships only with a guided tour. If you use a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter about a portable credit card machine that he can bring to your table.
Please leave all valuables in the hotel safe and do not leave any valuables in the room, not even in the locked suitcase. Many of the country’s residents live in great poverty and have unfortunately discovered tourists as a “source of income”. Wearing striking, expensive jewelry and watches should be avoided.

The transmission takes place through the bite of blood-sucking nocturnal Anopheles mosquitoes. If left untreated, dangerous malaria tropica, which is responsible for over 85% of malaria cases in South Africa, is often fatal to non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay. If fever occurs during this time, a note to the attending doctor about staying in a malaria area is necessary.
High risk: From October to May in the east of Mpumalanga Province (with Kruger Park), in the north and northeast of Limpopo Province, in the northeast of KwaZulu-Natal (with Tembe and Ndumu National Park). Malaria prophylaxis (see below) is recommended.
Medium risk: From June to September in the east of Mpumalanga Province (with Kruger Park), in the north and northeast of KwaZulu-Natal
Lower risk: the rest of the lowlands of KwaZulu Natal
The Kruger Park and the northern coastal plain of the province of Kwazulu-Natal are endemic malaria areas that are frequently visited by tourists. Recently, malaria diseases have been increasing due to the prolific rainy season, especially the "Malaria tropica", to. Source: Federal Foreign Office (
Please ask your doctor or the tropical institute for advice on whether malaria prophylaxis is necessary. Further information is available at (Robert Koch Institute),
In order to avoid getting stung in the first place, it is advisable to use bright Kle, especially in the evening >

mass and weight
In South Africa, like in Europe, the metric system applies. Temperatures are given in degrees Celsius.

Medical supplies
Overall, medical care is good. In large cities, private hospitals (e.g. Netcare or Medi-Clinic) are of a European level, but are also not cheap. We therefore recommend that you take out travel health insurance before you travel. State hospitals are overcrowded and are suffering from budget cuts. Medical care in rural areas is not as good as in larger cities. You will find the doctors under "Medical" in the phone book. If you are looking for a German-speaking doctor or dentist, it is best to contact the consulate or your accommodation. In principle, prepayment must be made, both in the hospitals and with the doctors.
The pharmacy network is very well developed. Therefore, you do not need an extensive first aid kit. The usual is enough. Only those who travel to more remote regions should make their first aid kit a little more extensive. In South Africa, the pharmacies are called "chemists" or "pharmacy". Emergency pharmacies are open 24 hours in all major cities. If you want to submit the invoice to your insurance company, you should make sure that the date and the name of the medication are listed on the invoice.

VAT (value added tax) is levied on almost all goods and services. Tourists can have these reimbursed when they leave the country for a total value of goods (not for services) of 250 ZAR. For goods with a total value of Rand 2,000 or more, not only the full address including tax numbers of the seller, but also the full name and address of the buyer in his home country must be noted on invoices. Otherwise a refund of VAT is not possible. Anyone who presents a correctly completed VAT 255 form with the appropriate invoice documents at the designated VAT counter (Tax Refund Office) at the airport in South Africa will receive the VAT refunded. The reimbursement will be made either by check in Rand or with a significant exchange loss in euros. Alternatively, a chargeback to a credit card is also possible. The goods should be shown on request and should therefore not be packed too well. Plan enough time as there is usually a lot going on at the counter at peak times.

rental car
The international driver’s license is not always required when renting (picking up the car at the rental station). In general, it is mandatory to always take the international driving license and the national driving license with you to avoid complications. If several people drive the rental car, everyone must have an international driver’s license. You can obtain the international driving license from your district office.
All potential drivers must be specified when picking up the rental car. If you drive to another country (e.g. Swaziland / eSwatini or Lesotho), please state this when picking up the rental car, as this requires the consent of the car rental company. This consent will then be noted in your documents on site. Before each stage, make sure that you still have enough petrol in the tank. There are some routes on which the distance to the next place is very long and there are no petrol stations along the way! The streets are almost all single-lane. One can often observe that a slower vehicle turns left onto the breakdown lane (hard shoulder), making it easier for a faster vehicle to overtake. The overtaking driver usually thanks after the overtaking process with a short hazard warning sign, which the alternator gives with short flashing lights >

Emergency numbers
Police emergency call (SAPS) from landline / payphone: 10111
Emergency call from mobile phone: 112
Ambulance: 10177
General emergency number: 107
National Tourism Information: 083 123 6789
Barring emergency call for Germany (EC, credit cards): 0049 116 116

opening hours
Typical shop opening times:
Mon. to Fri .: South Africa .:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. / 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in smaller city centers and from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. in urban areas
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. in urban areas
Here, the shops are usually open until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends until 6 p.m. Shops on the national roads are usually open 24 hours a day.
Only supermarkets and larger shopping centers are generally open on public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m..

Smoking is prohibited in public buildings and places.

Rainy season
In Cape Town and the surrounding area it rains mainly from April to September.
It can rain all year round along the Garden Route, mostly at night. In the other areas there are often short heavy rain showers from November to March. In the Drakensberg these are mostly around noon with lightning and thunder. So be careful when hiking.


It is not common to find a place for yourself. You wait at the entrance until you get a table. Smoking is not permitted in most restaurants.

There are a number of venomous snakes in South Africa, but they are very shy and seek out the distance because they can hear you from afar. There is one exception, however, the puff adder. She stays lying comfortably. It is therefore best to wear ankle-high shoes and long, wide trousers made of a solid material in nature. Always pay attention to where you are going. In confusing or grassy areas, it is advisable to trample so that the snakes can hear you and feel the vibration of the ground.

There are 11 recognized official languages, Afrikaans, English and nine Bantu languages. English is spoken in the hotels and their accommodation.

Most of the major roads are in very good condition. The national roads, which are marked with an "N" and a number, are the main arteries of South Africa. Parts of the national roads are chargeable. It is known as the "great route" (yellow circle with a "T" in it). The toll is collected at toll stations when leaving the "toll route". Always have enough cash to hand. Cards are not accepted (or only partially). In the province of Gauteng (around Johannesburg) there is the E-toll system (electronic toll). You no longer have to pay in cash here, a device in your rental car records how much toll is payable and this is settled via your car rental company.
An "A" in a yellow circle signifies the alternative route to the chargeable "Great Route". Secondary roads that are marked with an “R” (regional) correspond approximately to our, not structurally separate, federal highways. Country roads are often gravel or dirt roads and are marked with an “S” (sand) or “D” (dirt). Expressways in the area of ​​cities have an "M" (Motorway), a number and usually the addition N, S, W, E (north, south, west, east).

In South Africa the mains voltage is 220/230 volts. The sockets are three-pole. You can buy adapters on site in department stores, electronics stores, supermarkets and sometimes in national parks. You can also buy the adapter in Germany. Most hotels have 110 volt connections in the bathroom for razors.

Phoning and surfing with a laptop or mobile phone
For calls from South Africa to Germany you have to dial 0049. For calls to Austria 0043 and Switzerland 0041. The "0" at the beginning of the area code is omitted. If you want to make a call to South Africa, you have to dial 0027. If you have a D1, D2, O2 or E-Plus cell phone, you can use it in large parts of the country. However, you should find out about the costs from your provider. At the airports in Johannesburg and Cape Town, cell phones and PrePa >

It is difficult to make a precise statement here, since it naturally affects how an individual feels about how satisfied they are. You can use the following information, then you are not wrong:
Restaurant: 10% of the invoice amount
Luggage carrier: 2-5 rand per piece of luggage
Housekeeping: 5-10 rand per night
Gas station attendant: 2-5 rand for refueling and windshield wiping
Taxi drivers: 10% of the invoice amount
Parking attendant: 2 rand (pay before you leave)
Car washer: 5-10 rand
But it can also be a little more, because people are usually very friendly and attentive. Cars are occasionally washed unsolicited while you have parked them. So don’t be surprised if your car suddenly shines and a boy holds out his hand for it. At the end of your stay in a safari lodge, you are welcome to tip the rangers and trackers, as well as the lodge staff, if you are satisfied. There are different procedures from lodge to lodge. Many lodges have a shared cash register where you can tip. The funds will then be divided fairly. If you e.g. Spending two nights in a safari lodge as a couple is equivalent to EUR 25 for the staff and EUR 10 for the ranger and tracker.

Drinking water
The drinking water in South Africa is checked regularly and meets the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), so it can usually be drunk without hesitation, although it does not taste good. The water from rivers and streams, especially in the vicinity of residential areas, should not be drunk as it can contain pathogens.

traffic regulations
Left-hand traffic prevails in South Africa. There are often radar controls, even in the national parks. So you should absolutely adhere to the speed limits. The alcohol limit is 0.5. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to sit in the front seat. There is often another sign on the stop signs that says “4 way”. This means that all vehicles have to stop, whoever has stopped at the intersection has the right of way. More and more motorway sections are subject to tolls. These are called "great road". On these routes you drive on the motorway as normal, when leaving you come to a toll booth where you can only pay in cash. The amount of the toll is displayed on a board at the beginning of the motorway. The exception is the province of Gauteng, which is currently testing the "e-toll" (electronic toll). In this case, the billing is done by your rental car company.

Top speed for cars, motorbikes and campers:
In town: 60 km / h
Out of town (country roads): 100 km / h
Freeways: 120 km / h

Many accommodations in South Africa offer a 24 or 48 hour laundry service (for a fee). So you can also have some of your laundry washed on the go and save baggage. It is advisable to commission this in a location where you will spend two nights.

time shift
South Africa is only one hour ahead of Central European Time, i.e. if it is 9:00 am with us, it is already 10:00 am in South Africa. However, because in Germany, Austria and Switzerland the clocks are switched to daylight saving time between the end of March and the end of October, we have parity with South Africa during this period.

customs regulations
Consumer goods that are in personal luggage are not subject to any restrictions.
The import of rand is limited to ZAR 5,000 per person. They trade better in South Africa anyway.
The import of foreign currencies is unlimited. Better use cards.

The following foods and luxury foods are duty-free for adults:
Cigarettes: 200 pieces (not boxes)
Cigars: 20 pieces
Tobacco: 250 g tobacco
Spirits: 1 liter
Wine: 2 liters
Perfume: 50 ml
Eau de toilette: 250 ml
Other goods / clothing: ZAR 3,000 total value
It is prohibited to export goods that fall under the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species. These are e.g. Ivory and certain plants and animals. You need an export license to export real antiques. South African banknotes up to ZAR 500 may be carried on departure.

We wish you a pleasant journey!
intaba – travel to southern Africa! As of October 2018

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