Despite news reports about crime, South Africa is largely a safe place for international tourists. Visitor numbers are growing yet only a tiny percentage have any experience of crime. Nevertheless, the normal safety precautions should be exercised in South Africa as with anywhere else in the world.
Traveller safety tips include:
Do not draw attention to yourself by flaunting large amounts of cash or jewellery.
A camera round your neck identifies you as a tourist - carry it in a shoulder-bag.
Avoid dark, unlit places.
When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance.
Be observant and look around before entering car parks.
Park in well lit areas and never pick up strangers.
Ensure that car doors are kept locked at all times.
Do not leave packages or personal items on the seat of the car, put them in the boot.
Plan your route in advance be informed and use maps.
Close the door securely when you are in your hotel room and use all the locking devices provided.
Put valuables in the hotel safety deposit boxes.
Do not needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.
Always keep your baggage or handbag close at hand and never leave items unattended.