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Updated on May 04, 2019 Useful Info

How to be safe in South Africa

  • The major safety concerns that many tourists visiting South Africa have are:
  1. Crime rates in cities
  2. Wild hazards in the countryside


  • Most of the crime in cities happens in sub-standard neighborhoods so avoiding these neighborhoods is key.
  • Airports are also quite tricky especially Johannesburg's OR Tambo International airport (where you are most likely going to land in case you're an international tourist); try to go unnoticed as much as you possibly can because there have been cases of tourists being followed by thugs from the airport and getting robbed at gunpoint.
  • CBD is safe except at night.
  • If you want to visit South Africa's informal settlements (Soweto most especially, many tourists usually want to see the place) don't go alone. Carry a friend or book a tour with any local tour company in Johannesburg that offers tours to Soweto.

Safari concerns

  • The probability of getting attacked by a lion or leopard is very low as they are usually confined deep inside national parks, what you need to watch out for are venomous snakes, spiders, and other insects.
  • When on a safari don't leave you're car, tent or room at night.
  • Carrying some anti-venom with you is also advisable.