Most expatriates purchase a car when relocating to South Africa, but if an expat does not yet have a car, he/she is able to rent a car in the interim. However there are other ways to get around the country such as: Air Traveling, Buses, Mini Taxis, Commuter Trains and Luxury Trains.
Notes on driving in South Africa –
- The petrol price is fairly lower than the Diesel
- Keep on the left side of the road
- Although the South African infrastructure is in a good condition, in some areas potholes are a problem which can damage the vehicles
- Be vigilant, especially in the town of Johannesburg during peak hours of 06:00am – 08:00am and 16:00pm – 18:00pm
- Be aware of mini taxes on the road as they tend to overtake during heavy traffic without any warning
Foreigners are allowed to drive with their license from the home country, as long as the license has a clear photo, remains valid and is in the English Language. Traffic officials may inform otherwise, but the expat has the full right to drive on their foreign license.