FAQ | Safety in South Africa
What safety issues should I consider while travelling in South Africa?
Understand that crime, as in all countries in the world, is a reality in South Africa. When travelling in the country, common sense and a few safety precautions is required to fully enjoy your trip.
At the hotel:
- Never leave luggage unattended
- Store valuables in the hotel's safe
- Keep the hotel room locked at all times
- If someone knocks at the door, check who it is before opening
- Hand in room keys at the reception desk when leaving the hotel
In the street:
- Avoid obvious displays of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
- Do not carry large sums of money around
- Do not walk around at night, especially in dark, deserted areas
- It's better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets
- A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
- Ask your hotel manager etc for trusted bus/cab services
- Plan routes in advance
- Keep your doors locked at all times and keep the windows up
- Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk) of the car, do not leave on the seat
- At night, park in well-lit areas
- Never give strangers a lift
- Find out about the safety of the area beforehand
South Africa is a country with a long and beautiful coastline and different surf conditions. Safety depends on your ability as a swimmer.
Ask local residents about where to swim and surf and how far to swim in oceans. The most popular beaches have lifeguards and the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal have shark nets. Stick to these areas and you should be fine.
Remember when visiting the bush that you are in the wild and in the home of wild animals. If you take the right precautions, obey the general rules and respect the wild, you should have a wonderful time.
Most incidents in the wild involve humans wanting to get close to animals for photos or trying to feed them. Do not feed any wild animals. Remember that wild animals attack only if they feel threatened and in danger so respect these animals and their home and they will respect you.