Sorry, this is not the original pourpose of the post, but you asked. Anyway, a lot of information can be obtained in the regional forums.
International Driver Licence will work. I did it with a fake one because the Ukranian cops tore mine. That piece of bulls..t worked all the way in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Acerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. I was able even to go into Israel with a fake driver licence wrote by my own hand. The whole story is in my blog Marenostrum trip
Blog de Miquel Silvestre
Carne du passage helps always and is required in Egypt. No carne, no Egypt.
African Insurance for most countries is called Yellow card. I got mine in Kenya but I guess you can get yours in South Africa. The European Green Card works in Turkey and Israel and South Cyprus but not in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria or North Cyprus, but you can get temporary insurance at the border (you will be ripped off).