Travelling safely in South Africa
As is typical, only bad news sells well all over the world. So it happens that South Africa is fast becoming the most feared country when it comes to crime.
No doubt, the crime is rife here and like everywhere else in the world, visitors need to be conscious about this. There is no need to be scared or paranoid about the crime rate and there’s certainly no need to miss out on an unbelievable South African experience by not even coming here. All the visitor must do is to be a little careful and use common sense.
Some helpful do’s and don’ts:
- don’t walk around in badly lit areas at night.
- do drive whenever and wherever possible.
- don’t go to remote beaches on your own, loaded with valuables.
- do go to public beaches and bring only what you need.
- do ask an official to watch your valuables while you are in the water.
- don’t leave valuables openly in your car.
- do put your valuables in your boot or cover them with a towel.
- don’t stop your car in a remote area or at night, for no reason at all.
- do stop at a safe area like a petrol station etc.
- don’t help anybody at night or in a remote area, no matter what the reason.
- don’t leave your belongings unattended.
- do put your belongings inside whenever you leave your accommodation.
- don’t take more money and jewellery than you really need.
- do lock your money, ticket, jewellery and passport in a safe wherever possible.