Leaving home, beach front

Before You Leave Home

As a visitor to South Africa's sunny shores there is a lot of information that will be helpful for you to know. Which side of the road do I drive on? Can I pay for petrol with my credit card? Banking hours? What about malaria? How much do I tip? What about emergency services,
or contacting my local embassy in time of need?

For these and many other helpful hints and tips, read on!

Entry requirements

Emergency services

Crime in South Africa

Looking after your personal items

Motor vehicle driving and road safety

Travel safety and insurance


Local laws and customs

Medical facilities, hospitals, malaria and drinking water

Climate, sun protection


How much to tip

Phones, mobile phones & telecommunications