I thought I’d do a quick blog post today on safety while travelling in South Africa.
- Avoid overly flashing any of your valuables especially in city centres, townships and isolated areas, i.e Large sums of cash, expensive jewellery and electronics. Leave what you don’t need in your hotel safe.
- Do not venture out late at night, especially by yourself, rather take a metered taxi or an Uber.
- Be vigilant when you’re venturing around. Look out for any suspicious looking individuals.
- Be aware when in big crowds as this is a haven for pickpockets. Keep your handbags and wallets close.
- When at an ATM, be aware of those around you and don’t accept help from anyone who offers it. Also look out for anyone who might be following you after you’ve withdrawn cash. Don’t isolate yourself if someone is following you, immediately enter a shop or look for a security guard.
South Africa is a fantastic country with so much to offer. Unfortunately the reality of my country is that crime is a factor. Chances are you’re not going to be affected by it when visiting but it’s always a good idea to know how to behave when here. Criminals are opportunistic and if you’re standing there paying for a souvenir with a big wad of cash in your hand, a camera round your neck and a flashy watch on your wrist, you might just be targeted. It however always comes down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don’t let the crime hinder you from visiting though, I’ve never directly been affected by crime myself and I’ve lived here forever.
Come make a lifetime of memories in South Africa and know how to stay safe while doing so!