General road conditions in South Africa

South Africa drives on the left, and road conditions are generally very good throughout the country. There are paved highways and secondary roads between all the major towns, and a network of gravel roads connecting rural areas.

The paved roads aren’t always perfect, however, and some sections can be badly potholed. Particularly bad sections are usually signposted so keep an eye out for ‘slaggate’ – the word for potholes in Afrikaans. Also, keep a lookout for people and livestock, especially on the dirt roads of the Wild Coast and in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Drive cautiously on gravel regardless of the type of vehicle you’re driving. Providing you drive slowly, even regular cars will be fine on most dirt roads.