Critical Tips On Staying Safe in South Africa
South Africa is notorious for being a hazardous destination due to the high crime rate. A study carried out by the United Nations Office on Drugs, and Crime in 2012 revealed that the country had a yearly intentional homicide rate of 30 deaths per every 100,000 locals. As indicated by a post by BBC, the country has the highest occurrences of rape ranking it first globally and ninth worldwide when it comes to violent crime. This issue of crime is often exaggerated since crime is a problem in almost every country. The country is not as dangerous as it is perceived by many.
An individual needs to take necessary precautions in order to avoid situations that can make the visit a bad experience. Like in many major cities there are places prone to crime; you should talk to a travel adviser before beginning your trip as this will also guide you on the spots to visit and the possible difficulties that you may face while there.
Refuse to accept transport offers from individuals who are not authorized to offer such services to the general public
I f you are unsure about this, check vehicles that have the mark ‘Taxi ‘ on them or enquire more from the airport staff.
In case of any emergencies, one is advised to contact the National Tourism Information and Safety on the number 083 123 2345. You should ensure that you are provided with an emergency number at the front desk whenever you check into any hotel.
You are advised not to accept offers from strangers who come in the name of assisting you with your transaction. You should not walk around with large sums of money on you as this can attract thieves. In case, you find trouble using the ATM kindly call the helpline number that is found on the machine.
You are advised to avoid walking in lonely places by yourself as such places can get dangerous at times.
Ensure that the car you rent has GPS installed. Be aware that in South Africa there is the left side drive, and this can be a challenge to many.
Make an appointment with your doctor just to know about your health before you leave home. You should also consider buying health insurance cover before traveling. South Africa has very high cases of HIV/AIDS, take appropriate measures if engaging in sexual acts.
Other safety tips include:
· Enquire if you debit/credit card is loaded with cash
· When visiting rural area be sure to carry some cash since ATMs may no be accepted
· Keep your valuables safe at all times
· Never show off your valuables in public
While in South Africa an individual should pay keen attention to his or her personal security and be vigilant at all times. This safety rules not only apply to South Africa but any place or country you visit. Always bear in mind that by the end of the day, your security starts with you.