South Africa Travel Tips
- If possible try and use ATM machines at
the bank premises during banking hours –
if your card gets swallowed the bank is open
and you can go inside and ask for it back
and there is always increased security during
- Its cheaper to draw cash from an ATM with
a debit card than it is with a credit card.
- There is a limit set on each ATM for the
maximum amount of cash per transaction. But
you can withdraw more than once if you need
more. Also you will sometimes be asked for
the account type. Just select current.
- South African petrol stations do not accept
credit cards, so have sufficient cash for
petrol purchases. About R500 will give you
a full tank of petrol.
- 10% tipping is generally quite acceptable
at restaurants, or a R5 coin will put a smile
on the hotel porters face after carrying your
bags to your room or a petrol attendent after
filling up with petrol.
- It is a good idea to open a google mail
acount, scan in copies of your passport, entry
visas, travellers cheque sales advice, airline
tickets, drivers licence, credit cards etc.
and mail them to this account. Then if the
worst does happen and you loose everything
at least you can get copies from the nearest
internet access and its always easier to obtain
replacements when you have photocopies of
all the details!
- It is always a good idea to take out medical
insurance with your travel agent when you
buy your tickets. A great tip is that when
you buy your airline ticket with a credit
card you get travel insurance for free but
you still need to apply for it.
- South Africa is a big place. Try to spend
more time in fewer places or you may just
find yourself inside your rental car for your
- Be especiall caucious of having a motor
accident. Especially at night. You will often
find pedestrians or animals on the road or
other dirvers doing silly things. Just be
very awake while driving.
- Enjoy yourself. Its your holiday and South
Africans are a friendly people. Welcome to