WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA!

Before arriving for your Adventure Tour in South Africa you may want to scan over some of this useful information.


Safety FOR THE BIKER – WHAT TO PACK

DOCUMENTATION:

  • PASSPORT ( Valid for 6 months with at least 2 consecutive blank pages. Please check Visa requirements for your country of origin, prior to travel, with your local agent or click here.)
  • DRIVER’S LICENSE (Must be in English with a photo. Alternatively an accompanying official translation or International License.)
  • MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE DETAILS
  • CREDIT CARD, TRAVELLERS’ CHECKS and some CASH (South African Rand)
  • PROTECTIVE RIDING GEAR (helmet, gloves, etc)
  • SUNGLASSES and SUNSCREEN
  • LIGHT RAIN GEAR / RAIN JACKET
  • CASUAL WEAR for evening dinners
  • SWIM WEAR
  • WARM FLEECE for our cooler evenings
  • INSECT REPELLENT
  • CAMELBAKS can also be very handy
  • Your spirit for adventure!

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Although there is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate if your journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever Belt of Africa or South America.


Airtravel AIRTRAVEL WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA

DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL:

Airlines serving the domestic market include:

  • British Airways
  • Kulula
  • Mango Airlines
  • South African Airways

It is always worthwhile to check ticket prices and schedules across various airlines, as these can differ – especially if you are making online bookings.


Road Travel ROAD TRAVEL WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Most roads are in good condition, but there are a few exceptions, with some great gravel roads for all road experiences – yeah!

Distances between towns can be quite long, especially along major roads crossing the interior of the country.

All speed limits in South Africa are in kilometers per hour. Generally, the speed limit for urban areas is 60km/h (37 miles/h), on secondary roads it’s 100km/h (62 miles/h) and on national highways its 120km/h (75 miles/h). Keep an eye out for the designated speed limit as these may vary depending on road conditions and law enforcement does take place next to the road.

In South Africa, we drive on the left side of the road.

Driver’s license: You may use a valid driver’s license issued in your own country as long as it has a photograph, the signature of the holder and is in English. Alternatively, you may carry an official translation of your license or obtain an international driving license before you leave home. You should always have your driver’s license with you when you are driving as you will be asked to produce it if you are pulled over for any reason.

Fuel: When you refuel, be sure to establish what kind of fuel you need. Most fuel stations accept cards. At the fuel station, a petrol attendant will fill your bike, check tyres, oil and water if you ask. It’s customary to give a small tip of around R5 to the fuel attendant.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Although there is no risk of yellow fever in this area, South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate if your journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever Belt of Africa or South America.


Info USEFUL INFORMATION

OUR SPOT ON THE GLOBE

Area: 1 219 602 km2 , 25th largest country in the world.
Co-ordinates: 22 – 35 ˚S and 17 – 33 ˚E
Standard Time Meridian: GMT +2

Neighbouring countries:
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.

South Africa is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Along the east coast we have the Indian Ocean with the Agulhas/Mozambique current bringing warmer water from the equator. Along the west coast we have the Atlantic Ocean with the Benguela Current bringing colder temperatures from the poles.


Weather WEATHER

OUR SPOT ON THE GLOBE

South Africa’s summers (November to March) are generally warm with average temperatures around 25 C. Winters (June to August) can get quite cold, especially at night with temperatures averaging around 10 C. In the Western Cape area most of the rainfall comes in the winters whereas in the north (Johannesburg and Kruger Park) and east (Durban) rainfall is heaviest in the summer months. Durban has an almost tropical climate and enjoys warm days even in winter.


CURRENCY

South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

WATER

In urban areas tap water is usually of high quality and safe to drink. It’s quite safe to have ice in drinks and to eat salads. However, when traveling to remote rural areas and the bush you should take your own drinking water along or buy bottled water.

ELECTRICITY

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas), electricity is available almost everywhere. Be sure to bring the correct adaptor plug, as South Africa has a unique 3 point power outlet.

electricity

COMMUNICATIONS

South Africa has a well-developed communications infrastructure. Several mobile phone network providers offer national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas.

LANGUAGES

Divided into 9 provinces, it also has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Most South Africans speak English which is accepted as the business language. French, German and Italian are also spoken in most of the larger hotels.

TIPS AND TIPPING

As a rough guide: give 10% to 15% to a waiter in a restaurant.

MALARIA

Most of South Africa is malaria-free, although precaution should be taken when visiting the Kruger National Park or low-lying parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal.