Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions

How to limit dangers and annoyances

Travel in Africa is generally safe in our opinion. Especially if on an organized tour or safari. However, as is the case all over the world, there is an increased risk of crime in large cities and urban areas. Visitors on guided activities are mostly shielded from these risks and their guide will ensure their safety. When unguided, normal safety precautions and common sense should keep you safe. Below are some general tips:

  • Ask at your hotel if it is safe to walk around the local area; when new in a place it’s always good to seek local advice on safety issues
  • Don’t wear jewelry when walking in cities and leave all valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel
  • Avoid walking alone in a large, unfamiliar city
  • Don’t walk around at night; take a taxi
  • Avoid getting engaged with people approaching you in the street
  • Be careful when drawing money from an ATM; go elsewhere if you suspect people hanging around
  • Always lock your car doors and close windows when driving in busy towns
  • Never leave a car unattended with valuables or luggage visible