Is It Safe to Travel to South Africa?

Black-maned lions framed against Kalahari dunes; powdery beaches lapped by two oceans; star-studded desert skies; jagged, lush mountains – South Africa is a country of astounding diversity.

Although South Africa is relatively safe, crime has become a serious problem in this country for both, travelers and locals but with some necessary precautions, you can significantly reduce the possibility of it affecting your holiday.

These are a few safety tips you can take into consideration if you're thinking about going to South Africa!

  1. Try travel to South Africa during low tourist and non-festive seasons as the crime rates are lower.
  2. Choose safe accommodation and transport: This may cost a bit of extra money but it’s worth it. Upmarket hotels and private transport are your best bets.
  3. Research the latest tourist scams in South Africa to avoid being taken for a ride.
  4. Make sure to keep copies of any important documents and keep it in a separate and safe place.
  5. Be wary of getting intoxicated at parties. This could put you in very grave danger. If you truly want to experience the party scene, say in Long Street, always make sure that the bartender serves you closed drinks and keep your hand over and your eyes on your drink at all times.
  6. Book Your Flight so that you arrive during daylight hours.
  7. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches. Do not flash your mobile or cash around.
  8. Do your research and plan your trip. Unfortunately, due to the crime levels, it is advisable to research the areas you plan to visit and plan your trip in advance.
  9. The South African Police service number is 10111 but beware that in some situations they may be late in responding to your distress, so do not rely solely on them for your safety.

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