Apart from the usual formalities on arriving, we have a few things we need to achieve before leaving the airport and heading to the rental depot to pick up our car, so I'd really appreciate some advice:
Firstly, we will need some cash. I understand there are both ATMs and banks in the airport, but have seen from research on this forum that using the ATM is recommended. Is there a choice of ATMs or just the one? Where is it/they located? What size denominations do the machines dispense? Is there anywhere, if needed, where we can change the notes to smaller amounts for tips and small disbursements?
We need to buy a PAYG cell phone as soon as we can. Is there anywhere in the airport where we can buy one? Also, I read an old topic indicating the rules for foreigners buying SA cells phones were confusing or complicated. What is the current advice? Do we get the SIM card at the same time or from somewhere else? Am I correct in understanding that Vodacom has the best coverage in remote areas? Not knowing how much phone calls are, nor the amount we can load onto the phone, how many ZARs worth should we buy? We only need the phone to call ahead if we run late or get lost, and for emergencies.
As we always like some water with us in the car, is there a small store in or near the airport where we can pick up a bottle? (I know you can drink the tap water, but this is much more convenient on the go.)