Here we mention some of the most important self-drive disadvantages when considering such a holiday in South Africa.
Some costs involved are sometimes forgotten in the initial planning stage. This is the most common of self-drive disadvantages.
It may be frustrating not able to identify a certain scenic spot or building, etc. and most importantly, missing others while concentrating on driving in an unfamiliar environment.
You need to prepare yourself to ensure that the holiday will be worth it. It takes heaps of research and planning before arriving in South Africa.
Self-drive involves some hazards. Getting lost in dangerous areas is one if not enough prior research is one. Not knowing that you are in such an area without the input as to local customs, etc. could be risky.
One of the self-drive disadvantages often forgotten is driving on the ‘wrong’ (left) side of the road. You need constant concentration if you are used to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
Personal safety could be an issue, not knowing the high crime hotspots around the country and metropolitan centres.
South Africa is about five times the size of the United Kingdom. Self-drive travellers often make the mistake of misjudging the distances to travel which could lead to racing around trying to meet the itinerary’s daily distances.
However, vigilance and a bit of familiarization of the rules and local customs of the road before arrival will go a long way easing such stress.
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1 January 2021
1 January 2021