To make your trip both safe and enjoyable, please take note of the following simple precautions, as you would in any other country.

At the Hotel

  • Use only the main entrance of your hotel
  • Plan your journey before you leave your hotel
  • If you intend travelling off the beaten track, ask hotel staff at the reception desk to check your intended trip
  • Place and keep all your valuables in your hotel’s safety deposit box
  • Ensure that your hotel room door is securely locked when you are in the room and whenever you leave it
  • Should someone knock on your door, do not open the door before you have identified the person on the other side
  • Be sure to leave your hotel room keys with hotel staff at the reception desk whenever you leave your room

On the Street

  • It is preferable to carry certified copies of your passport and travel documents rather than the original documents
  • Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash, expensive jewellery or cameras
  • Never leave your property unattended to in any public place – even if you are on a guided tour
  • Avoid dark, unlit or isolated places – rather travel in groups or, if alone, on well – lit busy streets

Travelling By car

  • Make sure that your vehicle is in good running condition
  • Plan your route in advance and make sure you have enough money and petrol to get to your destination and back
  • Drive, when possible, with your vehicle’s doors locked and the windows closed
  • If approached by a stranger, do not open your window completely
  • When stopping, leave sufficient space between your vehicle and the one in front of you
  • Do not provide lifts to strangers and hitch-hikers
  • Place all packages and personal items in the trunk of your vehicle
  • Park in well-lit areas at night

If you see any suspicious activity, or experience an emergency, please call the South African Police Services (SAPS) at 10111 (Tollfree).