Travel safe – abroad
If you are wondering if it is safe to travel to South Africa, the answer is that, generally, it is. However, we must be aware that we are not in Europe and we have to follow a series of recommendations.
If we don’t do anything crazy, touring the best places in South Africa will be a very rewarding experience. In this sense, we must also differentiate the tourist areas of South Africa from the rest. These tourist areas are generally much safer than other less visited places.
Even so, we cannot forget that we are in an African country where there is a significant percentage of the population living in poverty in marginal areas. Avoiding these areas or not driving at night, for example, can help us to avoid scares.
One of the first things you need to know is that in South Africa people drive on the left. If it is the first time you are going to do it, you may find it a bit complicated. Also, it is not like Namibia or Botswana, there is a lot of traffic.
In safaris you can drive on your own perfectly well. Parks like the Kruger or the Addo Elephant Park, have roads enabled to make the safari with your private vehicle. On the other hand, if we want to go cross-country or to some of the more remote areas, we can only do it with a guide.
Insecurity in Johannesburg
There are many travelers who have been to South Africa and are eager to return to this wonderful country. In social networks and blogs you will find all kinds of testimonials that will surely give you the final push to visit southern Africa, but you can not be unaware and ignore some data. It is true that the crime rate in South African cities is high and that muggings, robberies and thefts sometimes happen. However, it is also true that the authorities are aware of this and that tourist areas are heavily guarded. In addition, a trip through the country does not only include big cities and all travelers agree that, outside of them, South Africa is a very quiet country.
Therefore, we can tell you that it is safe to travel to South Africa, but keeping some basic precautions that will make you enjoy your trip. Although traveling in the African country is not like traveling in Europe, do not become paranoid and be consistent.
Because we want you to love South Africa as much as we do, we want to give you some tips for you to plan your trip. Evaluate all the factors, visit areas where you feel comfortable and, above all, enjoy a country as great as this one.
Cape Town inhabitants
If you are organizing your trip to South Africa, it is likely that, like us before our trip, you are asking yourself a lot of questions about whether South Africa is a dangerous destination. Today we tell you our experience and recommendations.
The first thing to tell you is that this feeling is totally normal. You only have to surf the web or read some of the news, for your fears about traveling to South Africa to surface. But, is South Africa a dangerous destination?
It is true that we cannot deny the obvious and South Africa is not an example of safety. But as with most destinations, it all depends on how and where you move. We know that the crime rate in some South African cities is high and that muggings and robberies are common. However, it is also true that the authorities are aware of this and that tourist areas are heavily guarded. This helps to gain confidence and security when you walk the streets.
After our Safari days in Kruguer Park, we returned to Cape Town. During our trip we had only one uncomfortable situation, and that was walking around the City Hall area of Cape Town. I forgot the recommendations and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get my camera out to take a picture of the city.
Durban south africa dangerous
Vaccinations against tetanus and hepatitis are recommended. There is no risk of contracting malaria in the city. For more information about health and vaccinations we recommend you to visit the Ministry of Health website.
Cape Town is a relatively unsafe city. Although most serious crime occurs in neighborhoods such as Nyanga, Khayalitsha, Gugulethu and Delft, it is also necessary to be vigilant (especially at night) in tourist areas such as Long Street or Sea Point.
In general it is advisable not to walk around at night and if you drive a car, for safety reasons, always keep the safety lock on and the windows up. If we go to a restaurant at night: when parking, on the way from the car to the restaurant we can be robbed so it is better to park at the door and leave the keys to the doorman at the door, he will park it for us.