How to Get Around in South Africa, Travel in South Africa
South Africa has a very modern infrastructure, which rivals that of many first-world countries.
The national carrier, South African Airways, is your first option for domestic air travel and has an outstanding safety record. They have recently purchased a number of brand new Airbus aircraft to service the domestic and international routes.
All the major car rental companies have vehicles available in all the major centres. These companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz etc. Even many of the minor airports and towns have representation from these rental companies. A foreign visitor should be careful not to rent a vehicle from a company which is not well known to them – if they’re not known internationally, rest assured they are probably untested in the local market.
By Train or Taxi
The South African rail transport system, although perhaps the best in Africa, is inefficient, incomprehensible, unreliable and varies between unsafe and outright dangerous for any foreign visitor. Definitely a no-no if you have luggage or valuables of any kind. Come to think of it, a no-no at all times.
The “taxis”, most of which are old-style Toyota vans with minimal safety features, are also to be avoided, unless you choose to indulge in a truly South African experience. Not recommended if (a) you have a weak heart, (b) you are carrying valuables, and (c) you value your general safety.
Rather take a car, even if you have to drive it yourself.
If you (a) don’t want to drive yourself, or (b) won’t drive on the left side of the road (not recommended if you’re not used to it) take a sedan taxi. They’re quite safe, if pricey. Just remember to ask for the going rate up front as, in this case, it’s easier to get permission than forgiveness…