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Tips and information about South Africa

South Africa is a country full of diversity. In countless ways. Culturally there is plenty to experience, but we understand that you would also like to see and feel the unique nature during your camper trip through South Africa. And we could not agree more with you! South Africa has it all, from legendary landscapes such as Table Mountain and God’s Window to the Drakensberg (3,482 m) and ancient forests. But perhaps even more impressive is the wildlife that can be found in South Africa. Go on a safari to find the Big Five. But with almost 2000 miles (ca. 3,219 km) of coastline, life in the oceans is also a true attraction. You can encounter whales, sharks and even penguins in South Africa. Reasons enough to go on a camper trip through South Africa. Although we can say from experience that it is wise to choose from what South Africa has to offer. Putting everything in one trip is usually not possible. In addition to assist you by renting the ideal motorhome or (4×4) camper, we are also happy to help you achieve a beautiful route. We are here to guidance you to make the most beautiful motorhome trip through South Africa.

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Discover South Africa with a rental camper

We will be the first to advise you to explore South Africa with a camper. The freedom that a motorhome gives you add that little of extra adventure that makes your trip to South Africa unforgettable. Always bring your own hotel room, whether you are on one of the deserted beaches or with the native tribes. But especially during the road trips you can enjoy having your own kitchen. Lunch will be even better with a beautiful view. With a camper you determine your own route, be inspired by more than 130 (adventurous) activities or go on a safari. You are bound by nothing, well virtually nothing. The date for picking up and returning the camper is the only thing not flexible.

The benefits of renting a campervan in South Africa

Tips 4x4 rentals South AfricaAre you still not completely convinced about renting a (4×4) camper or motorhome in South Africa? A number of advantages of traveling by camper;

  • Determine your own route and overnight stays
  • Always bringing your hotel room
  • Cook your own meals
  • Stay in the middle of nature
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Perfect for traveling with children
  • Select your desired comfort in a vehicle

Have we convinced you yet? Not every camper model is the same, there is a lot to choose. That is why we are happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for your trip. The benefits of TotallyCampers are;

  • The best rates, always
  • No booking fees
  • Personal service
  • Thorough knowledge through own experience
  • Rent personally tested campervans or motorhomes
  • Exclusive offer from reputable rental companies

Practical information before your adventure begins

Before you go on a camper trip through South Africa, we advise you to prepare well. You will of course receive the necessary tips and information from us. The most important information to go on a tour through South Africa without surprises can be found here.

Visa and international driver’s license for South Africa

A visa is not required for some nationalities, provided you stay in South Africa for less than 90 days. You will receive a sticker with the date in your passport (there must be two free pages in your passport). Check here if you do need a visa for South Africa. An international driver’s license is required for some nationalities.

You must have a valid yellow fever certificate if you are traveling from or via an infected area or country. This certificate is also mandatory for children from one year of age. There is no yellow fever in South Africa, and they want to keep it that way through these measures.

Driving a motorhome in South Africa

The South African roads are slightly different from what most of us are used to. It is not without reason that we have a wider range of 4×4 motorhomes in South Africa. However, there is a big difference. In South Africa you drive on the left and overtake on the right. The traffic signs and signage is in English. The majority of the road networks are unpaved. Still, South Africa is perfect for a normal camper as well. There are plenty of highways and good paved secondary roads. Unless otherwise stated, the speed limits are 70 mph (ca. 113 km/h) on highways, 60 mph (ca. 97 km/h) on secondary roads and 35 mph (ca. 56 km/h) in rural areas.
Intersections and crossings are well-marked on main roads, including the specific rules of priority. This is however not always the case. Where no priority rules are indicated, they do not apply either. Be extra alert on these intersections. On roundabouts, the person on the roundabout usually has no priority, but gives way to traffic from the right.
Passing in on the left on two-lane roads in the same direction is permitted, and at a red or green flashing light with an arrow, after stopping and giving priority, it is allowed to turn right at red traffic lights.

(Wild) camping in South Africa

A camper trip through South Africa is equivalent to camping. Spend the night in the most beautiful places surrounded by nature. Unfortunately, wild camping is not safe enough; South Africa is the country with one of the highest crime rates in the world. So everyone urges you to visit campsites or campgrounds. And fortunately most give the same incredible feeling. We can, for example, strongly recommend the National Park campsites. Reservations are desirable here. But also along the coast and inland you will find a large selection of beautiful campsites with the necessary facilities.

Drinking water in South Africa is something we are regularly asked about. In general, the tap water is of good quality, it is even one of the safest and cleanest drinking water in the world. It is advisable to bring enough water (bottles) to remote areas though.

The distances

South Africa is a huge country. Distances are therefore much greater between some highlights of the country. Our advice is to link some of your favorites to each other via the Google Maps route planner. In this way you get a better picture in distances and whether concessions have to be made in your route. You can of course discuss the route with your personal TotallyCampers travel expert, so that you are sure that you have not set unrealistic goals. Depending on your travel group, we provide the following advice with regard to travel times per day.

  • Adults only: a maximum of 10 hours of driving per day
  • Adults only slow pace: max. 7 hours of driving per day
  • Camper trip with children: max. 5 hours of driving per day

Allow extra days for safaris or other excursions. Or for delays beyond your control.

Do you want advice about your future South Africa camper trip? Contact our travel experts. In addition to booking a suitable motorhome, we are also ready to provide tailor made information. Your journey is our passion!

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