Had me wondering
Wheelie, I have to admit I read your post and couldn't help a 'say what???'
I drove around in Saffa land for years and, despite not having been back in the last couple, I have family there and had no idea you could get 3rd party insurance when you fill up. But, there it is, after a Google search, on some 'foreign' sites promoting S.African tourism:
"All those without a South African licence must carry an International Driving Permit. Third party insurance is included in the price of the fuel (Note that this is third party personal liability insurance and not ‘Balance of third party’ which covers damage to other vehicle(s)). "
I remain dubious. Checking with the AA in SA would clear this up, and, if you are affiliated to the AA locally, and tell them you intend to travel overland through the beautiful country, there is a good chance that they'll also throw in some maps and some info on areas of interest along your route.
The Automobile Association of South Africa – AA (tel: (011) 799 1000; fax: (011) 799 1010; website: www.aasa.co.za;
PO Box 31612, Braamfontein 2017, South Africa.
We are leaving June 7.th, and will be riding directly from the Airport in Cape Town to Nairobi (only stopping to fuel, sleep, eat, etc., and no hanging about).
I hope you manage to squeeze in a few sights as you rush through this phenomenal country!
If you don't have bugs in your teeth, you haven't been grinning enough!