Thursday, June 11, 2009

South Africa: Stay Safe

Here are some precautions you should take when visiting South Africa:
  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelery, cameras, laptops and other valuables
  • Plan your route beforehand, and the type of transport you're going to use.
  • Keep your doors locked at all times and wind windows up
  • If renting a car, rent one with a closed trunk (called a “boot” in south Africa), as opposed to a hatchback. Lock valuable items in the trunk
  • Be aware of whether any vehicle or people are following you (being followed from the airport and robbed on arrival at your hotel happens).
  • Never pick up strangers, no matter how friendly they appear
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Explore in groups rather than alone, and stick to busy, well-lit streets
  • At night stay clear of dark, isolated areas
  • Avoid isolated beaches.
  • Never carry large sums of money around. Travelers cheques are your best bet
  • Always carry a map with you in the event that you do head off course (although being seen with a map is a giveaway that you're a tourist)
  • Also keep your passport, plane ticket and other important documents in a safe place

If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice. Don't let these safety precautions scare you or deter you from having great experiences. These rules apply to anyone in any city. Always think about your safety and the safety of those with whom you are traveling.

Is there anything that was NOT included on this list that you think SHOULD be?

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