on Safe Traveling
At the hotel
In the car
On the street
Welcome to South Africa. As our guest,
your safety and security are of the utmost. We want your visit to be special
and filled with great memories; and we hope that you will visit again
We assess the situation as follows:
Stay clear of the central business
areas of major cities at night and should you wish to go somewhere, please
get the hotel/guesthouse to order you a taxi.
We would suggest you talk to the local people before venturing into desolated
areas of Kwazulu-Natal and the Wild Coast of Transkei on your own.
In general there is a great deal of goodwill to foreigner visitors as
most South Africans realize the importance of tourism to the country's
There are a few basic precautions
you should take to ensure that your stay is as pleasant and safe as possible.
You could reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime, by eliminating
the opportunity criminals are looking for. Ensure that your visit is both
safe and enjoyable by taking the following precautions:
Never leave your luggage unattended, even if you are on a guided tour.
Hand the keys in at the desk whenever you leave the hotel.
Carry your passport and/or travel documents only if you have to, alternatively
carry certified copies.
Keep your room locked at all times.
If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door.
Store all valuables in the hotel's safety deposit box, including large
amounts of cash, expensive jewelry or cameras.
Be observant when entering parking areas.
Keep the car doors locked at all times and wind the windows up in densely
Plan your route in advance, and be sure to have sufficient cash and fuel.
Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical order.
Use maps, and when in doubt as to the safety of specific areas, or which
route to take, contact the police.
Do not leave packages or personal items in the seat of the car. Pop it
in the boot (trunk).
Park in well-lit areas at night, and never pick up singles or any hitchhiker.
On The Street
A camera around the neck identifies you as a tourist. Rather carry it
in a large shoulder bag.
It's definitely not advisable to carry large sums of money around.
Whenever possible, do not walk alone. It's better to explore in groups
and to stick to well-lit, busy streets.
At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas.
A police or traffic officer will gladly direct you if you get lost.
If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourism information
office can recommend a reliable service.
When walking in the street be observant and guard against snatchers, pickpockets
and other criminals.
Carry your bag close to your body.
Keep your change in your purse or wallet, and credit cards and notes in
an inside pocket - never in the back pocket of your trousers.
Don't be fooled by confidence tricksters or strangers offering you the
chance of making extra money.
Be observant and if anything untoward should happen, give the police as
much information as possible.
Keep a list of emergency numbers close at hand so that you have them available
in case of an emergency.
Be alert at all times, and be aware of the fact that a criminal might
be lurking around the corner.
When using an elevator, always make sure that you are at ease with fellow
users before entering.
Avoid displays of expensive jewelry and don't flash huge sums of money
Should you possess a firearm, hand it in at your bank for safe keeping,
unless you plan on carrying it on your person the whole time.
If you see any suspect activity, or experience an emergency please call
the police emergency number: 10111