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West Coast & Cederberg Mountain

West Coast & Cederberg Mountain

So I know we live in a beautiful country but WOW! South Africa amazes me sometimes. I came across this photo while doing some research on safari’s and I landed on a website (34 South Tours) and this image attracted me, i just had to click on it.

The photo is of West Coast & Cederberg Mountain. The Cederberg region is only two hours from Cape Town. Apparently the landscape is completely different: wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. Next trip will definitely be to visit this place. i’m amazed by the pictures but I’m sure seeing it will be insane!

Car Hire South Africa

Car Hire in South Africa  is one of the best ways to get around when travelling in South Africa. Car hire gives you the freedom to travel wherever you want and it means that you don’t have to rely on the South Africa public transport system which can be very unreliable.

If you opt for Car Hire in South Africa make sure you follow these simple Car Hire tips.

Always make sure you book your South Africa car hire well in advance to avoid disappointment. It is also a good idea to confirm your South Africa car hire booking a few days before departure. This gives you the opportunity to inquire about possible free upgrades or discounted rates on your car hire in South Africa.

Consider how long you will need your South Africa car hire for. Sometimes weekly car hire rates are much cheaper than daily car hire rates. If your South Africa car hire is for more than five days make sure to do a comparison.

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Extravagant Boat Cruises – Cape Town

Not all of us have had the privilege to enjoy the luxuries of a cruise onboard a catamaran. Even less so when you live inland, but this experience is something to add to your must-do list when visiting Cape Town. When you set foot onto a luxurious 53 foot catamaran for the first time you will experience sheer extravagance.

The Tigger 2

The Tigger 2 has the capacity to cater for up to 50 people and still be comfortably spacious. Its elegance is fit for a queen and its power thrilling.

The Tigger 2 caters for all. Whether it’s a romantic sunset cruise, fishing with the boys or even a corporate function, the Tigger 2 is tailor-made to provide for all. With a full catering facility on board, you can wine and dine with the best of them.

A boy’s day out

Even with lavish beauty the Tigger 2 is still rugged enough for a good boy’s day out. Set with standard cruises that include deep sea game fishing, scuba diving or even clay shooting cruises – there really is an array of things for the boys to do.

For some real adventure the Tigger 2 departs at sunrise to travel into deep sea for some exciting sport fishing. An entire day spent fishing for Tuna (Yellow fin or Long fin) miles offshore is definitely not for the weak of heart. But if deep sea Big Game fishing is not exactly your thing you’d be glad to know that you can have a fun-filled day practising your clay shooting. That’s right, clay shooting!

Departing from Hout Bay Harbour the Tigger 2 would take you to the perfect spot: Chapman’s Peak. Accompanied with a certified instructor and supplied with all the equipment you would be able to get ready, aim and shoot that clay into a million pieces. Although not exactly something you’d expect to do on a catamaran, it’s still great fun and sure to fill your day with the guys with laughter.

Something for the ladies

Grab a few of your girlfriends for a great day out. A full day cruise on the Tigger 2 is just the thing. Spend your day lying on deck, sipping on cocktails and getting the perfect tan you’ve been trying to get all summer while cruising along the wild coast of Chapman’s Peak and the Sentinel. This really is how you ought to enjoy a Cape Town summers day.

A perfect romantic setting

The perfect romantic date is usually associated with certain keywords, namely: sunset, candlelit dinner and a bit of bubbly. And this is exactly what you would be able to enjoy while wooing your gorgeous date.

You can be sure that you will make an everlasting impression when the bubbly is served and you and your loved-one are sharing an uttermost intimate moment while cruising on the Tigger 2.

Many couples have booked one of the Private Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruises for an even more intimate occasion. This crème de la crème cruise is perfect for those cherished moments when you take your relationship to the next big level or celebrating what you and your partner already have. First you will be wined and dined with a bit of bubbly and a pate platter as sun sets, followed with a four course candlelit dinner of the most decadent culinary art paired with the best of Cape wines.

After sharing a perfect moment you won’t be able to resist falling deeply in love and wish that you can spend the rest of your life with this person sailing into the untamed seas!

The Tigger 2 really does cater for every occasion, but more than that, it also aims to thrill and pleasure the individual. For a truly extravagant appreciation of Cape Town, book yourself a trip on the Tigger 2 catamaran.

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South African Taxi Travel

South African taxi travel combines the services of regular, metered taxis with the somewhat unconventional minibus system, which has a language and code of its own. Metered taxis are recommended, although a ride on a minibus can provide interesting insights into the lives and cultures of ordinary South Africans.

South African taxi travel is unlike that of most other countries in the world. Here, you will not find South African taxis simply driving the streets, waiting to be hailed at the next street corner. Rather, taxis in South Africa must be specifically telephoned for service, which can become tricky if you plan to visit several sites or destinations in a day.

South African taxi travel can be broadly categorised according to two sectors: metered taxis and what’s commonly referred to as minibus taxis.

Metered taxis are definitely the international visitor’s best bet. They can be called from the hotel where you’re staying, with hotel staff recommending the best local services to use. Metered taxis are private, offer door-to-door service and generally efficient, with experienced drivers behind the wheel.

However, compared to hiring your own car, using a shuttle service or booking a tour that includes transport, metered taxis can be quite costly.

Minibus taxis serve the general population, as public transport that is able to pick up and drop off passengers in areas not serviced by the country’s bus and rail networks. It’s a somewhat unconventional service, in that routes are determined by the drivers and there are no specific scheduled stops – taxis simply stop wherever a passenger needs to alight.

Hailing these taxis is also a matter of knowing your sign language, for each route and destination has its own specific sign which passengers use to flag down drivers.

While a ride on a minibus taxi will certainly provide you with an authentic South African travel experience, this service must be used with caution. The vehicles are often not maintained properly and therefore unroadworthy, and drivers have the tendency to drive recklessly.

If you’re interested in a minibus ride while in South Africa, take a short trip accompanied by an experienced guide or a local who understands the system well.

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Driving in South Africa

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Driving in South Africa is an enjoyable experience if one is familiar with the local driving conditions and nuances on the roads.

Licensing

Hiring a motor vehicle in South Africa requires that the intended driver of the vehicle has a valid driver’s license from their country of origin. The license mustbe printed in English and bare a photograph of the driver. However, it is more desirable to also obtain an international driver’s license from the relevant authorities in your country of origin before travelling to South Africa in order to ensure that you will be allowed to legally drive in the country. American citizens, for example, can obtain international licenses from automotive clubs associated with the AAA. Drivers should bring their local and international driver’s licenses with them when visiting South Africa.

Most car rental companies in South Africa will only provide their services to individuals over the age of 21, with some only allowing those older than 25 to rent cars.

The Metro Police in South Africa are responsible for policing the country’s roads and are a separate body from the South African Police Services (SAPS). These officials maintain a high visual presence on the country’s roads and will request presentation of a valid driver’s license should you engage with them on South Africa’s highways and byways.

Rules of the road

South Africa’s road rules are similar to those of most developed countries with the exception that in South Africa one drives on the left hand side of the road, just as in England, Australia and Japan, and unlike central-European countries and the USA. This means that drivers in South Africa are seated on the right-hand side of the car.

Adjusting to this is simple for most drivers from countries that drive on the right-hand side of the road because it makes sense once presented with controls on the other side of the car, and when following the traffic on the road. The only danger can be when turning right into a road, when the propensity to stay on the right hand side may kick in for American and European drivers.

It is also therefore illegal to overtake on the left hand side of the road in South Africa. One must move into a right-hand lane when passing by other vehicles. Unfortunately this is one rule that is not adhered to by all South African drivers, so one must be wary of over-takers in the left hand lane.

In general, and especially on highways in South Africa, it is recommended to maintain a following distance of at least three seconds. The speed limit on highways is usually 120 kilometres per hour except in denser areas where it drops to 100. On national roads the limit is usually 80 kilometres per hour and in residential areas this is reduced to 60. South African roads are clearly sign-posted with the relevant speed limit but remember that in South Africa speeds are presented in kilometres, not miles!

It is also illegal to talk on a mobile phone or any other communications device while driving in South Africa, unless one makes use of a hands-free solution in doing so.

Road network nuances

Given the diversity of terrain in South Africa its road network provides driving experiences in a number of different environments.

In the Mpumalanga province one can travel through high-altitude grasslands and lush mountain passes. In fact, Mpumalanga sports the highest tarred road above sea level in the world.

When visiting the bushveld, and particular in the Limpopo and North West provinces, one must be wary of potholes. It is easy to miss these as you stare out at the beautiful African grasslands and savannahs from your car window. Potholes are, in fact, a regular occurrence on South African roads and while the National Roads Agency does a good job of patching these regularly, many escape attention – especially in more outlying areas of the country.

The Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa is a highly popular route for travellers to South Africa. Stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River, the Garden Route is one of the most scenic drives available anywhere in the world. This famous stretch of road, sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean takes one through indigenous forests and a mix of Cape Fynbos and temperate forests with various eco-tourism activities scattered along the route. Roads on the Garden Route vary from narrow and windy to long and straight and, once again, the challenge is keeping your eyes on the road while passing through the staggeringly beautiful surroundings.

Another popular area of travel in the Western Cape is through the Cape Winelands. This is the largest wine producing area in South Africa and is divided into six main wine regions, each offering their own unique wine route. Driving through this area allows travellers to stop off at various wine farms and enjoy a range of famous South African wines, cheeses, olives and other produce. But one must obviously be careful of enjoying too much wine before getting behind the wheel of a car, and the blood alcohol limit in South Africa is 0.8. So take care when being seduced by the excellent wines of the Western Cape and remember to drink lots of water in-between.

Of course, safaris are a popular nature of trip to South Africa and this will take drivers through bushveld areas in game parks such as the Kruger National Park and Pilanesburg National Park. While in the parks travellers will spend much of their time on well-maintained dirt roads with very low speed limits, generally of 20 kilometres per hour. Off-road vehicles are definitely not a necessity for the national parks, but are desirable because of the elevated angle of view they offer that makes it easier to spot and enjoy the game in the parks. But virtually any car can safely be driven through the parks and used for game viewing. In times of great rainfall, however, the dirt roads can change overnight and require more care when being utilised as parts of the roads wash away.

Some practices on South African roads are irregular for drivers from other countries, such as that of moving into the emergency lane to allow other vehicles to pass by. While this is not strictly-speaking legal and drivers are not obliged to move over, one will find this a common practice amongst South Africa drivers, and especially truck drivers who will happily move over into the emergency lane on single-lane roads allowing faster traffic to move past. A colloquial etiquette has developed around this practice whereby drivers will use their hazard lights briefly to thank drivers who have allowed them past.

Personal Navigation Systems

GPS systems are an excellent addition to a road trips in South Africa and the local road data available is extensive and kept up to date, along with point of interest databases. GPS navigation systems can also be rented along with cars in South Africa, so that visitors do not need to bring their own systems along. However, should you wish to use your own navigation system, South African maps are available online for virtually all systems.

With GPS in hand it is possible to optimise time spent travelling and uncover more landmarks and places of interest to enjoy while travelling in South Africa. GPS systems also make it easy to plan trips ahead of time, along with intended stops, breaks and visits to services stations.

South Africa’s beauty and diversity is best enjoyed by taking to the country’s open roads and enjoying the scenery, historical landmarks, wildlife and culture of the country at one’s own leisure. With so much to do, see and enjoy a rental car is definitely the best way to travel in South Africa.

Driving in South Africa

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Rules of the Road / Traffic Enforcement

Drivers License

  • An International Driver’s Permit carried in conjunction with your national driving license is recommended and must be printed or authenticated in English.
  • If your license does not have a photograph on it, then you must also carry your passport with you so that you can be identified as the legal holder of the driving license.
  • Please note that the car hire companies might have different regulations regarding the length of time that you need to have held a driving license, so it is advisable to check with your hire car company about their requirements.
  • Always make sure documentation is carried with you at all times when driving.
  • Traffic officers will expect to see documentation if they stop you for any reason.
Rules of the Road

  • In South Africa we drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our cars – rental cars included – are right-hand drive vehicles.
  • Keep to the left and pass right
  • All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are in kilometers.
  • There are strict drinking and driving laws – with a maximum allowable alcohol blood content of 0.05%. Translated that means about one glass of wine for the average woman and perhaps 1.5 or two for the average or large man.
  • Four-way-stops are commonly found at the quieter intersections – the first vehicle to arrive has priority. On roundabouts, give way to the right, although this is often overlooked and it is wise to proceed with caution.
  • Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. All occupants of a vehicle are required to wear seatbelts whilst traveling, if you are caught without you will be subject to a fine.
  • Using hand-held phones while driving is against the law – use a vehicle phone attachment or hands-free kit, if you want to speak on your mobile phone.
    Speed limit
Speed limit

  • The general speed limit on national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph).
  • On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph).
  • In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph) unless otherwise indicated.
  • Check the road signs and obey the speed limit at all times
  • Speed limits are maximum speeds. If it is raining, misty or the road is congested, reduce speed.
  • Reduce speed near areas where there is pedestrian activity.

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