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When out travelling, keep your valuables in the boot of your car, out of sight. Always lock your vehicle when it is unattended. When you park your car anywhere in South Africa, you will probably find a Security person, who offers to look after your vehicle whilst it is unattended. This is optional , dependant upon the area and whether you have belongings inside the vehicle which will not fit in the boot. Should you agree to the service, a tip of R1 or R2 upon your return, providing your vehicle is in the same condition that you left it, will be acceptable.
If you have the misfortune to be stopped by The Traffic Police,who may be genuine Police or the Bogus variety, who are operating again, and are threatened with a Traffic Fine, for whatever Offence, DO NOT HAND OVER CASH, but insist on a "Ticket" to be written out, which should contain all relevant details of the alleged offence, together with Fine payable, and date of Court Appearance. This Document can then be taken to The Magistrates Office in Sabie.
I am not encouraging SPEEDING, but the general rule of thumb is that you can exceed the speed limit by up to ten percent, without being stopped, i.e up to 88 in an 80 zone.

Car Hire

Please remember that if you intend to take your hire car out of South Africa, and into neighbouring Countries, then a Permit is required from your Car Hire Company. It is best to arrange this when you collect your vehicle. Arrangements can be made at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, but this will take up some of your valuable time. Please be careful, as we are aware of Scams taking place at KMIA with respect to Car Rental vehicles.

Petrol & Diesel

In South Africa there are plenty of Filling Stations in the towns and cities, but in between there are often none at all, so make sure that you fill your tank before leaving urban areas. For example, there are no Filling Stations between Sabie and White River.

The price of Petrol in Sabie is currently R13.73 per litre. as of March 02, 2017. In Sabie there are three Filling Stations namely two Caltex and  one Engen. The Caltex near Smokeys is the only one which sells LRP.

Unlike most of the world, Filling Stations in South Africa are not “self-service”. Therefore, apart from filling your tank the Petrol Pump attendant should offer to check your oil and water and tyre pressure and also to clean your windscreen. Once this has been done to your satisfaction, a small tip is in order, again usually an amount up to R2 is happily accepted.

Garages in South Africa now accept the use of Debit Cards as a method of payment for fuel. A hand held device called Swipa enables you to swipe any Debit Card from any Bank for your fuel purchase, from the comfort of your vehicle.

Weather & Climate

Sabie, like most of South Africa, has Summer rainfall, and clear, dry  warm Winter days with cool nights. We have experienced a severe Drought, the worst for 104 years, so please use water sparingly! However our December rainfall was above our normal average rainfall, and everything is green, and growing again. In Kruger the rivers are flowing.  Sabie lies 1,120 metres above sea level, and therefore enjoys a very pleasant climate. It is always slightly warmer in the Blyde River Canyon ,Kruger National Park,and Nelspruit, so hats and sunscreen are a necessity all the year round.

Public Holidays

Many visitors arrive in South Africa, without reservations, and are  unaware of our  Public Holidays and  often, a long weekend, lies ahead. These periods are always extremely busy, so to help you better plan ahead, these important dates are set out below:
 April 27, 2017 Freedom Day  
 May 01, 2017 Workers Day   
 June 16, 2017 Youth Day.  
 August 09, 2017 National Womens Day. 
 September 24 ,2017 Heritage Day.  
 September 25, 2017 Public Holiday.   
 December 16, 2017 Day of Reconciliation.  
 December 25 ,2017 Christmas Day
 December 26, 2017 Day of Goodwill. 
 School Holidays
The next School holidays in Mpumalanga start on  24,June 2017 and will continue until 16,July,2017 in the case of  Government Schools, and  Independent Schools  start on 13 April and end on 02 May,2017.

These are always very popular times for South African families to go on holiday, and booking is advisable during these periods, particularly over Christmas and Easter, and for the Kruger Park.

Please check our bulletin board for updates regarding rates, availability of accommodation and other important information.