I am going on honeymoon to South Africa in September 2013, and part of our trip is 3 nights at the Pumba Game Reserve. Originally we had been quoted €200 for private return transfers from Port Elizabeth airport to the game reserve, however, now that has increased to €330 (approximately 3940 South African Rand). This seems pretty expensive to me, therefore, our tour operator said the other option is to rent a car for 3 days with AVIS which comes to around €110 and drive there and back to the game reserve ourselves.
This option is appealing due to the cost savings, however, I am slightly apprehensive because I have never driven in South Africa before. I realise they drive on the same side of the road as we do in Ireland (left hand side), however, I was wondering would anyone be able to tell me if it is a difficult drive, ie, lots of switching lanes, very fast traffic etc. Also, would it be a safe drive? I have heard that driving in South Africa can be dangerous at times (apologies as this is a point you may have heard many times and might not be true).
Any feedback or advice about this would be greatly appreciated.