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    South Africa Travel Information

    South Africa is a vast country offering a huge number of attractions including bustling Cape Town in the southwest, tropical Durban on the East coast, the sprawling urban city of Johannesburg and Pretoria in the north, which is rich in history, culture and academia. A good rule of thumb for drivers in South Africa is to make sure they refuel when leaving a major city. Once out of town, there can be a lot of open road to cover before the next petrol station appears on the horizon.

    South Africa Time Difference

    South Africa Standard Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). If you are picking up a car hire in Johannesburg straight from your flight it is best to set the watch to the local time before you land.

    Language in South Africa

    South Africa is a multilingual country. The country's Constitution guarantees equal status to 11 official languages, to cater for the country's diverse peoples and their cultures, which include Afrikaans and English. English is generally understood across the country, as it is the language of business, politics and the media. But South African English is littered with words and phrases from Afrikaans, isiZulu, Nama and other African languages. Make the most from your Cape Town car hire and learn a little of the language in South Africa as you go!

    Electricity in South Africa

    South Africa's electricity supply operates on 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. There are exceptions, such as Pretoria (230 V) and Port Elizabeth (200/250 V). Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances.

    Currency in South Africa

    When travelling with your car hire in South Africa you will need to have with you the correct currency, which is the Rand (ZAR).There are ATM machines in the airports and in the main cities, so be sure to have the amount of cash that you need if travelling to the more remote areas.

    Tourism in South Africa

    When planning your holiday with a car hire in Durban be sure to have a look at the South Africa Tourist website to find out tourism office locations, places to visit and further South Africa travel information.

    South Africa Visa & Embassy Information

    Take a look at South Africa Tourist Visas to choose the one which befits your holiday needs. If you stay is 90 days or less then no travel visa is required for UK citizens. The British High Commission is located in Pretoria. To know more about UK Embassies in South Africa and other information, visit the website provided

    Before you book your cheap car hire South Africa it's probably worth having a look through the above essential travel info you need to know when planning your holiday and arragements you need to make.

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