We travel slowly, which means we spend an extended amount of time in each country we visit. As a result, we get to know our destinations well. For each country we visit, we put together the top tips we can offer future travelers. Here are our five most important tips for anyone traveling to South Africa.
Understand restaurant tipping and payments:
At restaurants in South
Always carry pocket change:
There will always be someone to tip–this is something we learned quickly in South Africa. For example, when you park your car there will be a parking attendant helping you. They flag you down and guide you into an open spot. They will also watch your car while you are away. It is customary to give them a small tip when you return to your car. We usually give around 5 ZAR. There are plenty of other situations when it is good to have
Be alert when crossing the road:
Know the passing rules:
South Africa has many single lane highways so there is a particular passing etiquette you must follow. If you’re driving slower than someone behind you, make room for them to pass by moving over into the breakdown lane on your left. It is perfectly acceptable to drive in the breakdown lane for a bit to let someone pass you. You may notice that the car that passed you will flash their hazard lights to express their gratitude. This is a common way of
Understand basic South Africanisms:
Although most South African speak English, it may sound like a completely different language to you at times. On top of the multitude of different accents, South Africans use a lot of slang words that will mean nothing to you if you are coming from a different country. Here are a few common words that you may encounter during your trip to South Africa:
Howzit?- How are you?
Robot- Traffic light
Eish- used to express surprise
Jol- a party
Just now- if someone tells you they will do something “just now” it means they will do it at some point in the near future. If they say they will do it “
*We hope our top five tips will help you navigate South Africa. We would love to hear additional advice from travelers who have been there. Please share your South Africa travel tips in the comment section below.
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