Personal safety when travelling in South Africa

Safety in South Africa

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At Your Hotel

  • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safety deposit box.
  • Keep room locked, whether you are in it or out.
  • Check who is at your door before opening it.
  • Hand your keys into reception whenever leaving the hotel.

In The Street

  • Avoid displaying expensive jewellery, cameras and valuables.
  • Do not carry large sums of money.
  • Keep away from dark, isolated areas at night.
  • It is better to be in groups and stick to busy well lit streets.
  • Plan your route.
  • Call a taxi from your hotel.

In Your Car

  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Lock the doors and close the windows.
  • Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk).
  • Park in well lit areas at night.
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch hikers.
  • If in doubt about your safety, phone the police or drive to the nearest police station.