Away from street signs, billboards and neon lights, here is a sample of some signs that are very useful:
Beware of lions
These must rate among the most photographed signs in South Africa’s national parks – this one was taken in the Addo Elephant National Park. They are usually erected at viewpoints where visitors are allowed to get out of their vehicles at their own risk. I have seen some photographs of lions next to such signs, although have never actually seen one.
Do not walk in the flower beds
This is a gentle reminder to respect the gardens in Green Point Park, Cape Town.
These markers are generally found on buildings and other places of particular historical significance in South Africa and are a pointer to our cultural and historical heritage.
No dogs allowed
Also in the Green Point Park is a different take on the usual ‘no dogs allowed’ sign.
Stay in your vehicle
A typical sign found in national parks – this one is in the Addo Elephant National Park – giving sound advice aimed at ensuring the safety of visitors. You might be surprised at the number of tourists who ignore these, usually because they want a better viewpoint for a photograph.
All the indigenous trees in South Africa have a number for easy identification. Informative signs such as these in parks and nature reserves – this one was taken in the Kruger National Park – add to one’s enjoyment of the natural surroundings.