Time: When on vacations, you want to make the most out of your trip, maximizing the time at your destination. You do not want to spend long hours on the road when you can do the same trip in minutes – hassle-free.
Road Conditions: Combine challenging weather (hot sun + frequent, hard rain) with low government investments and what you get is a road network that looks very different from what you are used to see in the US/Europe. Even principal, paved roads will oftentimes have pot holes, which makes overtaking slower cars and cargo trucks (of which there are plenty) painful.
Directions: While certainly amusing when related in a conversation, foreigners have often complained about the lack of signage in highways, towns and villages. Getting lost can be unnerving if this means you are losing valuable hours of your vacations.
Safety: Driving, particularly in rainy season, where landslides oftentimes destroy or block stretches of the road, is not only painful, but can also be dangerous, especially if you do not know your way around well. In contrast, safety records of SANSA have fulfilled highest standards in recent years, thanks to a completely overhauled maintenance and pilot training program, in combination with the addition of new technology and new aircraft.