We drive on the left side of the road, same as in the UK and Europe. Our cars are right handed. If you come from the US and other left hand driving countries you might find it difficult to adapt to driving on the left hand side of the roads.
Our roads are in good condition there are freeways interlinking all major cities and towns.
Speed limits in towns is 60km/h and 80km/h, open roads normally 100km/h and 120km/h on the freeways.
During peak hours traffic is very heavy as South Africa has very poor public transport! Public transport facilities are not advisable for tourists to use due to crime. This may change during the 2010 World Cup...if special buses are going to be purchased. Will keep you updated!
Car rentals are easy and simple there are a host of car rental companies situated at all airports. There is a link box to car rental companies in this blog.
Beware when driving of hijackings (as per the post crime in South Africa), speed traps there are many fixed camera traps and traffic police with laser speed traps both camera and roadblocks.
Don't drink and drive! You may drink one glass of wine, spirit or beer and be under the blood alcohol limit. You don't want to be arrested in South Africa the prisons are the worst in the world and very dangerous especially with HIV which literally could result in a death sentence!(fellows you don't want to go down that road!!!)