Safety & Security – South Africa
South Africa is a safe country to visit, in our opinion. All the more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari or tour. More than 10 million tourists visit South Africa every year, and most visits are trouble-free. South Africa does have, however, a very high level of both petty and violent crime, including rape, murder, armed robbery, carjacking and mugging. Most cases of violent crime occur in the townships, which are places tourists do not go (unless on an organized tour). Tourists are sometimes targeted by criminals in the big cities. Johannesburg and Durban, in particular, are crime hotspots. Unaccompanied walking around the city and driving at night is not recommended. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the city is fine.
As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:
- Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions
- Cities & Other Urban Areas Safety Precautions
- General Travel Safety Precautions
- South-Africa: Malaria & Vaccinations
Governments' Travel Advice
Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on South Africa.
- Australia – www.smartraveller.gov.au
- Canada – www.voyage.gc.ca
- Ireland – www.dfa.ie
- New Zealand – www.safetravel.govt.nz
- United Kingdom – www.gov.uk
- United States – travel.state.gov