Cape Town: City
Cape Town's urban area is small, with a compact Central Business District (CBD). Charming residential neighborhoods, like Gardens and Oranjezicht, creep up toward Table Mountain.
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South Africans drive on the left side of the road.
Local drivers vigilantly adhere to the keep-left rule. Only drive in the right-hand lane if you are passing a car.
South Africans don't honk (or hoot, as they call it). Rapid flashing of emergency lights at your car can be either a sign of irritation or a gesture of thanks. If a car flashes lights behind you, it wants to overtake you, and you should move left. A repeat of flashing after it passes you means "thank you."
Leave a big gap between your car and any minitaxis; the drivers believe they control the roadways.
Gasoline, called petrol, is full-service everywhere. Always the tip the attendant at least a rand or two.
Parking on central Cape Town streets is controlled by licensed parking monitors who must show their ID. Rates are 25¢ for 30 minutes, 50¢ for an hour.
Everyone jaywalks in Cape Town, so beware of pedestrians.
Here's your cheat sheet to avoid embarrassment, fines, and even jail time when visiting other countries. From serious health and safety concerns to downright wacky old laws that barely make sense, you'll want to know each and every one of these peculiar rules.