South Africa Warnings and Dangers

  • A sign outside Tremisana
    A sign outside Tremisana
    by Gypsystravels
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt

South Africa Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    We landed in Cape Town and picked up our car rental. The rental agent told us to take the N2 west then the M3 south to our destination in Kalk Bay. It would take an hour to get there. Instead, as we looked at the map, the more logical route was to take the M22 south to the R310 west and we would be there quicker. OMG!!! That was a really, really...

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  • Malaria

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Prior to my arrival I did my research regarding malaria pills. I asked my tour company as welll and was told that Kruger is considered within the malaria zone and malaria pills are highly recommended. Sadly, malaria pills are not usually covered by any US insurance (from what I understand in many other coutries as well), unless you already have...

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  • Crime - theft

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    I was in Cape Town for a month. My wife is still there, and will be for another two months. It is a beautiful city, no doubt. The restaurants are lovely. Some of the neighbourhoods are amazing. The views, and the countryside is spectacular. On the other hand, the place is a thieves paradise, so travellers beware! Most South Africans are lovely,...

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  • other animals

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There can be lots of animals on the road, and actually you will see lots of them, even if some are not really endangering you, they might damage your car if you crash into any. Here is an example of Impala just jumping in front of our car, luckily we drove slow not to hurt anyone.

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  • Safety at night

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    A travel companion was robbed of her cellphone in Long Street, late on a Friday Night. She decided to walk home to the Ashanti Backbackers ahead of us because she was tired from the days activities. Although Cape Town is a truly spectacular city to visit, it isn't very safe (or as much fun) to split from the group at night. We enjoyed our trip...

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  • elephants

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Do not let children tease elephants, these animals are wild animals, and plz keep distance with car. Do not follow elephants, always allow elephants right of way, drive off slowly if they get too near, do not cut off their path especially when there are more than one car, do not stop between a herd.... especially when their are babies.Do not rev...

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  • Driving / Car safety

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    April 2011: Our ever-reliable Cape Town based correspondent Gerald_D (who doesn't write tips but is amazingly informative in travel fora) informs me that Main Road Kalk Bay has been closed northbound for the next couple of years as they undertake major upgrading and repairs on this road. The road is still open to southbound traffic. This means...

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  • vehicles / traffic

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    It's advisable to stay inside your vehicle. This sounds like a "common sense" thing to do, but too many people don't understand the dangers they put themselves in when they decide to leave their cars or get close to a "wild animal." Most animals will run away from fear, but if you happen to come near certain animals that are in musth, like...

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  • hippo

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    What I didn't realize before going to Kruger is that hippos kill more tourists than any other animal in Africa. People don't realize that they are dangerous and go right up to them to get a better look. Hippos will feel quite threatened if approached by humans, especially if you get between them and the water. If you ever meet up with a hippo face...

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  • lions

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Kruger National Park was awesome to be able to see animals in the wild. But DO stay in your car and roll up the window if you're getting close to some animals! They are WILD animals! =) And unfortunately, I did hear about people getting killed or hurt from trying to get too close to the animals... so, please stay in your car and don't take any...

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  • weather

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Even the professional drivers with 4WD Jeeps are not immune against getting stuck. (Ok the river was a little bigger than the one we got stuck in with the Caravan ...) As you can see, we are enjoying our drive anyway.

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  • Tips for safe driving

    If you are self driving in SA then please read the following --1. Stay a little away/behind trucks and heavy vehicles. Sometimes small pebbles/stones from under their double tyres could hit your windscreen and cause damage to the same.2.Keep your glass on the window only slightly ajar and not totally down. This is help you avoid thefts or other...

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  • 4th Homeless World Cup - Cape Town ...

    You'll enjoy yourselves in Cape Town this week ;-)))Suday sept 24th, Heritage Day in South Africa,some 500 participants from 48 nations including Afghanistan, Australia to Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part in the annual Homeless World Cupclick onto the www.sites for more info, you'll be as excited about the annual gathering of street kidsthe're...

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  • Watch Where You Are In Town

    You do not want to find yourself in a bad part of town which can easily happen. If you are renting a car, you should find out what areas are best to avoid. Luckily, nothing bad happened to us but we were extremely nervous when we found ourselves in a very poor, conjested township.

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  • Visit South Africa and live to tell the...

    Unfortunately South Africa's reputation is such that it's necessary to explicitly address the issue of whether it's safe for visitors.If you want an answer in a nutshell, security concerns are real but hugely overstated, and this is an area where media sensationalism has unfortunately coloured public perception in an irresponsible and unrealistic...

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  • TRAVEL IMMUNIZATIONS

    Travelling to South Africa? Hope you are not afraid of needles! You need some immunizations before you go. At the least I would recommend these for any travel other than on a cruise ship:Hepatitis A Hepatitis B – for longer staysTetanus TyphoidThe full list is here of every possibility worldwide, but includes some immunizations you should have had...

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  • MALARIA KILLS

    Some areas of South Africa are in the Malarial Zone. If you visit such an area - PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles...

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  • EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

    There are a lot of telephone numbers for emergencies in South Africa. I have included the simple guidelines they use nationally to remember:Telephone DIRECTORY Enquiries(Toll-free on landlines, cellphones & mobiles) 1023POLICE & CRIME PREVENTION One thin Policeman - 1One that’s really fat - 0Three thin Policemen - 111CAN YOU REMEMBER THAT? 10111...

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  • Does your passport have a blank page?

    The information below was taken from the Sunday Times on the 23rd January 2005.WARNING RE PASSPORT BLANK PAGESTwo recent incidents where foreign visitors have been turned away from South African airports serve as a warning to all visitors to this country: a valid passport is not enough, you need at least one blank page in it. This would probably...

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  • Night time

    Regarding trains/ public transport in Cape Town, serious crimes commited on trains in Cape Town at night, unadvisable to travel especially alone. During the day, just be very aware.If you happen to travel by car, the unwritten rule is to not stop at red lights at night time, if all roads seem clear, then go straight through the red, as people have...

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  • Bags etc.

    Whilst driving in your car in South Africa, please remember not to keep valuable items on car seats or in view, as it has been known that opportunist thieves will smash the window whilst you are stopped at the lights.If wandering out and about, keep a good solid grip of your handbag etc., if you don't, you might find your bag attached to a running...

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  • Robbery in Durban

    When you are on a visit in Durban.If you are going to the beach, take a cab insted it dosent cost much. Its safer to go with a large group of people.Dont cary around a lot of money.If you get robbed, give the robbers what they whant do NOT try to fight them, your life is worte more than money or a camera.Dont expect any help from your fellow...

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  • Personal Safety (Theft/Muggings)

    We did not personally encounter any crimes, but our concierge and our tour guide constantly reminded us about the need for personal safety. We kept the car door locked, did not wear any attractive items - jewellery, bags, etc. We only took taxis recommended for us by the hotel. We did not take any side streets. We stuck to the main areas after...

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  • Hayfever

    A few days after arriving in SA I started to get what I thought was a cold, with a headache and a sore throat. A gurgling solution from the pharmacy didn't really help, and things got a bit worse rather than better when I also got a chesty cough. When decongestant didn't do the trick either, I was finally fed up and went to see a GP. Her diagnosis...

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  • Sharing this info from my S.A. friend

    I was warned about this from my friend Marinell before I arrived into the country. Don't have anybody help you with your luggage, because you will be expected to pay them. If I didn't know this, I would've fallen into the same trap. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN TO ME because I was aware when I got into O.R.Tambo Int'l. before hand. otherwise it might have....

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  • Update on R200 notes (and how to avoid...

    Further to my earlier warning about fake R200 notes in circulation, the Reserve Bank has issued new R200 notes. However, these are very similar in design to the old notes, and I'm not going to bother running through the subtle changes that have been made as it is unlikely that a tourist would be able to pick up the differences.Banks claim that...

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  • Bringing home some of the spirit(s) of...

    South Africa has a vibrant wine industry, and local wine and spirits are very affordable by international standards. So, if you've acquired a taste for the local tipple during your visit, and want to bring some of the spirit(s) of Africa home with you, then here are a few suggestions that will hopefully be of use.Easily the cheapest place to buy...

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  • Cape Town quick safety

    Don't let the media cloud your judgement! Every country has its problems and South Africa is no different. All Countries have "dodgy" areas which should be avoided. In Cape Town, The Cape Flats, Townships are general no go areas..Unless you are on a guided tour. Practise general safety : i.e Don't walk around in unfamiliar areas at night, don't...

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  • Do not accept R200 notes

    At the time of writing (May 2010), there has been a big problem with forged R200 notes entering circulation recently, to the point where many shops and banks refuse pointblank to accept them. These are orange/red notes with a leopard on them - and as it's difficult for even locals to spot the fakes, a tourist is simply not going to be able to...

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  • Crime

    The crime rates in South Africa is one of the worst in the world as well as a high HIV rates. This country is considered also very danger for tourists. However, this does not means tourists in general or anyone in particular cannot visit the country or is in constant danger. We did not encounter any problems or difficulties, but we came to see the...

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  • Animals on the roads

    In Europe we sometimes see road signs of Elk or Deer on the roads that we should be aware of, how often you really see any? Well, here there will be signs of wild animals and be sure that you will see wild animals and that they are danger, especially if they are 10 times the size of an Elk.When driving in the parks wild animals are everywhere and...

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  • Theft.....Avoiding

    As in most larger centers, there is always the danger of being robbed especially if you look like a tourist. For me, the easiest way to go shopping or touring was to wear cargo pants.By wearing them, I could put my credit card and money right in the front pockets of the pants so would know should anyone attempt to steal them. This way, money or...

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  • General Driving Safety Tips in SA

    We know crime is a major concern of many visitors to South Africa, so here are a few tips we tell our all clients:1. Always plan where you are going carefully so you don't end up in the wong place at the wrong time. 2. Show confidence - don't hesitate or ignore people around your car - let them know you've seen them. 3. Don't leave valuables in...

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  • The Wrath of White Supremacists!

    Danger can appear without warning in South Africa and you can find yourself embroiled in a dodgy situation before you have realised it! Take for instance one quiet Sunday afternoon in Crestholme, I and my family basking in that still contentment following the morning worship of God followed by a good lunch!The air was suddenly rent with alarming...

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  • Beware hijacking

    Be wary of being hijacked when stationary at a traffic light, stop sign, or four-way-stop intersection. Do not leave ANYTHING where it is visible from the outside of the vehicle. Maintain a safe distance behind the car in front of you, in the event you have to make an emergency getaway. You can't do this if you're sitting on the other car's...

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  • Road use in South Africa

    The tragic death recently (June 2009) of two Dutch tourists near Lydenburg, South Africa, reinforces the three factors prospective road users in South Africa have to be cognisant of: crime, culture and conditions.Incidents of crime against road users in South Africa are high, including murder, hijacking and other property-related offences. A SA...

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  • General Comments on Driving in South...

    Driving in South Africa is very easy and should be a highlight of your trip, however:1. Some roads may look major routes on a map but can quickly deteriorate into a dirt track. This is not necessarily a problem, even in a saloon car. 2. In rural areas you have to be careful of potholes as well as livestock and people on the road. In cities you need...

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  • Tips for Driving Safely in South Africa

    Your personal security should not be a problem if you use common sense and follow local advice.1. Always plan where you are going carefully so you don't end up in the wong place at the wrong time. 2. Show confidence - don't hesitate or ignore people around your car - let them know you've seen them. 3. Don't leave valuables in sight when in towns or...

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  • ATM - Beware of anyone trying to "help"!

    When using an ATM machine in South Africa, please do make sure that nobody is watching or distracting you! In many instances people might offer "help" and before you know it, your card has disappeared. There are various ways of this sort of scam - please do read the website stated below.In Simon's Town this happened to us, when we used the ATM for...

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  • No ATM at Johannesburg International...

    Beware that there is no ATM in the OR Tambo airport after the customs. If you need to withdraw cash you will either wait a long queue at the exchange office, or you will need to enter South Africa again, withdraw your cash there, and then pass the customs one more time (and this takes time given the relaxed attitude of customs officers taking their...

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  • Murder and mayhem!

    South Africa is indeed a wonderful country, but it can also be extremely dangerous. I understand that this is even more the case now than it was when I was living there and for sure, it was bad enough then! So when you visit, pay great heed to the warnings that will certainly be given to you by your travel guides. Do NOT attempt to do any...

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  • Two Passport Blank Pages...Airport...

    My passport was almost full but before I left America, I had one remaining page that was blank "back-to-back" but the last page had the word "Amendments" on it which is normally written on every US passport. I knew South Africa needed 2 blank pages for the visa, and US airport said mine looked "okay". After a long 24 hour journey, immigration...

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  • Johannesburg airport

    My husband's luggage was unpacked and his aftershave stolen as well as his IPod, taperecorder. A curio and somebody's shorts were left in his suitcase. It seems as if people unpacked his suitcase as well as others, and got their contents mixed up. So lock your suitcase.

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  • DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS

    The great thing about South Africa is that you can drive just outside of a town or village in many areas and see wild Monkeys. Please do not fee them inside the grounds of nice hotels or inside towns. This just attracts them and they then leave their natural areas. They also eat foods that are really not good for them and they can cause the locals...

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  • SEXUALY TRANSMITTED DISEASE

    You will love the people of South Africa. Some of you may want to take this a step farther and progress past that handshake and make arrangements for a very intimate visit with a local person. You may even want to give them your own personal duty-free gift. If so, please WRAP IT UP! The national average for HIV infection is 30%! A good condom can...

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