While most visitors to South Africa will experience a trouble-free visit, travellers should note that there is a high level of crime in South Africa. For more information consult the safety tips for travellers published by SouthAfrica.info.
At the hotel
- Never leave luggage unattended.
- Leave your hotel key at reception.
- Lock valuables in the hotel safe.
- Keep your room locked and always check who is at the door before opening.
In the street
- Avoid wearing and displaying expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
- Avoid dark and isolated areas.
- Better to explore in groups and on busy streets.
- Do not carry large sums of money in cash.
- If involved in an armed robbery, mugging or car-jacking, do not resist as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
When travelling by car
- Keep doors locked and windows up at all times.
- Keep valuables away from view – there have been incidents where car windows are broken and valuables stolen while vehicles are stopped at intersections. Lock valuables in the trunk.
- Avoid driving after dark or travelling to isolated areas especially if you are unfamiliar with the route and may risk getting lost.
- Do not stop to assist with vehicle breakdowns or to clear debris from the road.
- Always be aware of traffic and pedestrians around you especially at intersections or when stopping your vehicle.
- At night, always park in well-lit areas.