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Driving in South Africa

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Hello my fellow Fodorites,

First of all thank you for the ample amount of information you guys have provided up here in particular christabir, tripplanner001, and pixel...(sorry I forgot the rest of your username). Based on the positive reports that you have, we decided to self-drive in South Africa for our upcoming trip.

I want to use a TO to help plan the trip. When I mentioned about self-drive they recommended me not to. The reasons they gave me include 1) it's dangerous to drive with big trucks 2) there are robberies everywhere 3) if you never drive on the left before, south africa is not your testing ground 3) number one death rate there is car accident 4) people don't wear glasses or contact lens there when they need to 4) it's dangerous when encounter animals and you don't know what to do with (mind you, though I don't have experience, I do not plan to run over the animals when I see them...so I am not even sure what number 4 even means) 5) last but not least, they don't send clients on self-drive because if something happens they can't help (this TO is U.S. based by the way)

My route is very standard in my opinion Johannesburg, Durban, Lake Sibayi, and KNP.

As you can see, all of this is in stark contrast to what I have read from your reports. I would like to know how you feel about all that given some of you have been there done that.

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