You may have read/heard some of the questions from Travellers to South Africa, such as: "This plane is very stuffy. Please open the windows," or "Are the lions allowed to use your zebra crossings, or will the zebras get upset?" And, I thought all South African's were black until Charlize won the Oscar."
As a backpackers' hostel owner, I would like to share the following:
It took me 7 minutes to get here from the airport. How long will it take me to get back?
If I use the Go-train (Gautrain) will I get discount because I am French?
What do the lions eat in the Kruger Park? And, why do they lie down?
Please will you buy my Lonely Planet Guide and give it to someone else?
Is it better to change dollars at O R Tambo or in Guam?
If Steven is from Zimbabwe why isn't he Black?
I already paid for the other place. They were closed. Can I stay here for free?
So, your father met the Queen. Was that Victoria?
Why is the taxi on time? I need to eat and shower first.
Why do I have to pay for 'phone calls here in South Africa? In Canada they are free.
Your taxi drivers sure shout a lot. Are they American?
How can you mix Chinese and Jap's in your dorm? They have stolen our land.
I would like to book for a month on condition that I can use your car free of charge.
Although I help myself to other people's food, is it fair that they help themselves to mine?
Have you ever tasted biltong or braaied meat?
Do you have a live-in doctor on call for 24 hours?
Is the time different here than in Ohio?
I am very small and will only sleep in half the bed? Can I have discount? I only have R50 for three days and still need to eat.
Why didn't you fetch me from the airport? I didn't know which day I would be arriving, but I thought you'd be there anyway.
A 'phone call: "Have you debited my account?"
Me: "Who am I speaking to?"