Trips & Outings

 

The Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa organises a wide range of outings throughout the year for club members. These 4x4 trips take in local and international venues and are an ideal way to see Africa in an organised way that takes the chore of planning routes and making bookings out of your hands so that you can simply 'arrive and drive'. How can you participate if you are not yet a club member?

  1. Join the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa. Join the club here.
  2. Book yourself on one of our trips. Visit our Outings and Trips page here.
  3. Join our friendly members on one of our many excursions into the Southern African wilderness. 

Travel Tips

Traffic Regulations for Mozambique

There are some very hefty fines and possible jail sentences for traffic violations in Mozambique. Read this guideline to familiarise yourself with that country's traffic rules and regulations and make sure that you and your vehicles comply with requirements before crossing the border. Guideline to Mozambique traffic regulations.

New Immigration Regulations

There has been a lot in the media lately regarding the new immigration laws when traveling with children. This includes travelling to countries that border South Africa, including Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, etc. This additional information with thanks from Fluffy Dilger of Travel Counsellor ( fluffy.dilger@travelcounsellors.co.za) 082-788-7627.

New immigration regulations impacting travel with children who are under the age of 18 
From 01 October 2014 all children under the age of 18 will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate in addition to their passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa. Airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of the unabridged birth certificate and this will happen regardless of the child's nationality or regardless of whether the child is travelling with parents, or with other adults or unaccompanied. If a child is denied boarding by an airline then this ultimately means that the family can't travel. The purpose of this new requirement is to create additional verification to stop child trafficking. My Top Tip: If you have children up to the age of 18 (even if you are not currently planning a holiday) I suggest that you apply now for an unabridged birth certificate for each child from Home Affairs. This process can take anything from six to eight weeks but this period could increase as the demand for these documents increases.

Yellow Fever inoculation

There has been a recent important change to Yellow Fever regulations for Zambia. A valid Yellow Fever "Yellow Card" is now required for travel to western Zambia - see the attached map. Officials at border posts (in Zambia and SA) are unlikely to be able to distinguish between the high and low risk areas and are likely to demand certificates from all travellers. My recommendation is that all travellers to Zambia obtain a Yellow Fever card from an accredited WHO travel clinic. This needs to be done at least 10 days before travel, and is valid for 10 years. Get a map here showing where inoculations are required in Africa.

Dr Allan Milne 
Travel Doctor and 4x4 traveller

Reflective vehicle markings and reflective vests for Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you are planning a trip to Mozambique in the future please be aware of new road laws. Each vehicle must have two triangles (red reflective type) as well as a reflective vest. If you are towing, the blue and yellow triangles must also be attached to the front of the vehicle and at the rear of the towed vehicle, caravan or trailer. Unless your vehicle is longer than 6m you do not need to worry about the reflective signage, but you are advised to have reflective strips on the edges of the front and rear bumpers. White in the front and red at the rear. This is the same requirement for both Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also helps others to spot your vehicle, especially when tucked away in a camp site. These items and further advice can all be purchased at the AA. This law came into practice on the 8th November 2009.

ARTICLE 1
Objective
This regulation defines the characteristics of advanced warning signs, reflective vests and reflective signage.

ARTICLE 2
Scope of Application
1. The present regulation applies to all vehicles and trailers on public or private roads, open to public traffic, and to the drivers.
2. Two or three wheeled vehicles, mechanical cultivators and tractor vehicles are exempted from that required in the previous paragraph.

ARTICLE 3
Characteristics of Advanced Warning Signs
1. Advanced warning signs take the form of equilateral triangles each side of which is 500 millimeters long, with a tolerance of more or less 5 millimeters, and with external strips of not less than 50 millimeters wide, and uniformly covered in red reflective material, in accordance with Annex 1.
2. The advanced warning sign must have an opening of not more than 360 millimeters on each side within the triangle.
3. The warning sign must be visible from at least 100 metres when light shines on it 
4. The back of the warning sign must be white which must be on the three vertices of the triangle or form a border 5 millimeters wide on the edges of these.
5. The surface which borders the unbroken reflective strip and the back side of the triangle must be yellow.
6. The warning sign must be such that it can be erected vertically with a tolerance of no more than five degrees, and its lower border must be horizontal and between 50 and 100 millimeters from the ground.

ARTICLE 4
Conservation of the Warning Sign
The sign must be maintained in such a way that the reflective surfaces are not damaged.

ARTICLE 5
Reflective Vest
1. All vehicles and trailers on public or private roads, open to public traffic must be equipped with a fluorescent vest with reflective stripes in accordance with the diagram provided in Annexure 2.
2. It is compulsory for drivers of vehicles to wear the reflective vest in the following situations:
a) When repairing a vehicle at the road;
b) At a road accident;
c) When loading, unloading or removing cargo which has fallen onto the road or roadside.

ARTICLE 6
Characteristics of the Reflective Vest
1. The reflective vest must be visible in the day and at night, must be made from polyester with a front closing and side adjustments, with polyvinyl reflective strips in yellow or green, and be fluorescent.
2. The reflective strips must be at least 400 millimeters wide and must be placed on the front, each side and the back.

ARTICLE 7
Reflective Markings
Reflective markings must be used on all vehicles and trailers of over 10,000kg in weight or more than 6 metres long, in accordance with the diagram provided in Annex 3.

ARTICLE 8
Placement of Reflective Markings
1. Reflective markings must be placed on the sides and back or on the side and back edges of vehicles and trailers, in continuous or contiguous rectangular bands.
2. Markings must be between a minimum of 0.25m and 1.5m from the ground and may be extended up to 2.1m.
3. Reflective markings must permit the total identification of the vehicle or at least 80% or its length or width.

ARTICLE 9
Characteristics of Reflective Markings
1. Reflective markings must be made from reflective material and be yellow.
2. Reflective markings must be at least 50 millimeters wide, their length depending on whether or not they are continuous.
3. The distance separating markings which are not continuous must be no more than 80% of their length.

ARTICLE 10
Penalties
1. Infraction of that provided in Articles 5 and 7 of this regulation is punishable by a fine of 1,000Mt
2. The use of warning signals, reflective vests or reflective markings which are not in accordance with that required in this regulation is punishable by a fine of 500Mt.
3. The fine provided in the previous paragraph shall also be applied to anyone using a warning sign which is in a poor state or which has incomplete or damaged reflective areas, or anyone using a reflective vest not of the type required under this regulation.


 

     

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