An excellent road network links the largest metropolitan areas with even the smallest villages. South Africa drives on the LEFT. The speed limit in urban areas is usually 60 km per hour, on rural roads 100 km per hour and on freeways 120 km per hour unless otherwise indicated. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence, and traffic laws are strictly enforced.

Public transport such as trains and buses are often not reliable and it is better to rent a vehicle from a reputable car-hire company if you wish to travel long distances.

Valid driver's licences from visitors' home countries are acceptable provided that they are in English and include the driver's photograph. If your driver's licence does not comply with these requirements, you should obtain an International Driving Permit before your departure to South Africa.