Safety is an issue throughout the world and when traveling to any other country there are always precautions which should be taken.
Here are some precautions you should take when visiting South Africa:
- Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
- Never carry large sums of money around. Travellers cheques are your best bet
- At night stay clear of dark, isolated areas
- Explore in groups rather than alone, and stick to busy, well-lit streets
- Plan your route beforehand
- If you get lost a policeman or traffic officer will gladly direct you
- If you need transport, enquire at your nearest tourism information offices, as public transport may not be the same as back home
- If you do have a car then remember to plan your route ahead so as to reduce the chance of getting lost
- Keep your doors locked at all times and wind windows up
- Lock valuable items in the trunk (called a “boot” in south Africa)
- At night, park in well-lit areas
- Never pick up strangers, no matter how friendly they appear
- If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advise
- Always carry a map with you in the event that you do head off course
- Also keep your passport and other important documents in a safe place
The level of crime in South Africa is unfortunately high and cation must be taken! Things like robbery, armed assault, carjacknigs, muggings, theft and pickpocketnig all over on the streets of south Africa. Do not make yourself vulnerable to these criminals. If you take care and stay alert you have less chance of experiencing this crime.
These are obviously not the only safety issues in the country and there are other things to keep in mind, such as your health, terrorism, political tension and airline safety. You should be aware of these thigns at home, but when in south Africa be sure to be informed. Never wander alone, especially into townships or to large gatherings which could turn violent unexpectedly.