4x4 Travelogue, advise and general comments bases on private and SA 4x4 experiences - Travelling in Africa since 1993

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Botswana Tourism Levy Notice – Effective as of 1 June 2017

Botswana Tourism Levy

Botswana Tourism Levy Notice – Effective as of 1 June 2017
Please be advised that the Botswana Tourism Organisation has announced an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL) of USD 30 per person, starting 1 June 2017. This will be for all current and new bookings made. Payments are done on the ports of entry including airports and border posts.

This will effect all current and new clients that travels to Botswana after the 1st of June 2017. I would suggest that this fee you provide for in CASH, as I am sure there will be implementation issues in the beginning.

Botswana Border Post - Martin's Drift
Botswana Border Post – Martin’s Drift

International Driver’s License – Southern Africa

International Driver’s License Requirements in southern Africa

There seems to be much confusion about the requirement of an International Driver’s License and if you do require one for your self drive / 4×4 adventure in southern Africa. Many of the more tourist countries have not applied the law for a number of years but it does not mean you do not need one. Disregard what you read on your Embassy’s website, disregard what you read on other websites. Get one before your self drive into Africa. As you go into East Africa it is a MUST.

Do you drive with SADC license. International Driver’s License is not required for you. If you go into East Africa. Yes, get one.

In case you missed it !


Get one for you 4×4 adventure !

We were stopped in April 2017 at a road block after entering South Africa from Botswana at the Martin’s Drift border. There is a standard road block on this section of the road and I drove through this a couple of times before. This time my client from France was driving and we were pulled over. On failure to produce an International Driver’s License a fine for R500 was issued.

International Driver's License Required
International Driver’s License Required
Where is your International Driver's License ?
South Africa 4×4 Road Block Limpopo


Return of Your 4 x 4 Vehicle After Your Rental

Return of Your Vehicle after your Rental
We at South Africa 4×4 strive to improve our standards and products for our clients.  We take information and feedback received from our clients and discuss it, to see what we can do to put new things in place to better your adventure!
One of our new points that came up, was when a 4×4 vehicle is returned after your adventure.  Generally we check a few important things such as:
Diesel is full
GPS and charges
SAT phone and charges
Bumps and Scratches
And of course feedback of your trip.
The old way was when the vehicle is back at the depot it goes for a wash, service and equipment check.  Our staff provides feedback on anything that they might find missing, broken or damaged.  Once all the info is in, we then either charge our clients for missing, broken or damaged equipment or all is good and we continue preparing the vehicle for its next adventure.
Unfortunately this is not always working as well, as we have received a lot of resistance from clients when we charge for missing, broken or damaged equipment. And then the emails start flying…. Back to the drawing board for us!  And so we have come up with a new strategy and is implemented with immediate effect on all our vehicles going out.
Please read below the new way forward for returning vehicles.
On return of the vehicle at the end of your adventure, we provide you an option of the following:
1. We do an EXTENDED RETURN, where we check all the equipment according to the equipment checklist with you being present. Any missing or broken items will then be sorted and finalise at the handover. This handover will take approximately 60 to 80 minutes.
If you select the EXTENDED RETURN, to speed up the return we ask our clients to assist with the following :
1 – Crates are packed according to the labels.
2 – Sleeping bags must be out of the tents and rolled up in its bags.
3 – Pillows; Towels and blankets packed in the duffel bag.
4 – All other loose items such as the table, chairs, first aid, recovery bag, pots & pans is visible and packed neatly.
5 – All books, documents and permits together on the front seat.
6 – Ensure you have enough time to check in prior to your flight.
7 – And of course feedback of your trip, written and verbal.
2. Alternatively we do a QUICK RETURN. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
1 – Diesel is full
2 – GPS and chargers
3 – SAT phone and charges
4 – Books
5 – Bumps and Scratches
6 – And of course feedback of your trip
Equipment is check at our depot and if any irregularities; it will then be charge afterwards.  This then cannot be queried afterwards.
One of the above mentioned options can be selected at the handover of the vehicle at the start of your adventure.  The client then signs in the block of preference. Hopefully by doing this we can eliminate any difficulties and end the client’s adventure with ease and hassle free.
 But please don’t forget to send the photos!!
Written and posted by : Carel Pienaar South Africa 4×4 Rentals Johannesburg

SA 4×4 – Website & Emails

Good morning everyone ! I am in a fantastic mood this morning as it seems that my problems with our website and emails have been resolved. After two frustrating weeks of where our website went off line for a period and endless email problems we are finalising the last setup issues today and we should be operational 110%.

BIG apology if I ignored your email or request for a while. It was not intentional. Looking forward to catch up and get all clients sorted.

Many thanks,


Carel Pienaar

4×4 Rental site is live ……. and well !