"Suggest you hire a GPS with your car" South Africa Transportation Tip by CatherineReichardt

South Africa Transportation: 162 reviews and 112 photos

It is important to note that hire cars in South Africa generally do not come with maps or streetfinder atlases, and few hire companies are willing to lend these out (presumably as these have not been returned in the past?).
In general, South African cities are not well signposted, and the confusion is compounded where roads have been renamed to reflect the new political order, which the maps may not yet reflect (navigating around central Durban is particularly nighmarish at the moment for this reason).
Tourists are particularly vulnerable when they are lost and either pull off to try and work out where they are, or stop to ask for directions. I would therefore strongly recommend hiring a GPS with the car (all reputable hire companies should offer this, but be sure to specify at the time of booking as they may not have enough units to satisfy demand) - for a very small additional amount, you are making a major investment in your own security.
If you have to ask for directions, I suggest that you pull into a petrol station and ask either the petrol attendents - or even better - local motorists. I can't guarantee that they will give you good directions, but at least they are well lit and secure locations where you will be less vulnerable.

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 17, 2010
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