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Some tips on travelling around South Africa (and any other country, for that matter):

General

  • The best advice is to seek the advice of locals on safety in their area.
  • Establish how to observe the cultural protocol of that area - again, ask the locals.
  • Use registered, qualified tour guides.
  • Do not publicize your valuables, e.g.: jewellery, camera, etc.
  • Use credit cards or if not possible, carry only the cash that you need (please note that larger
    accommodation establishments, shops and services accept major credit cards - smaller organisations will only accept cash).
  • At night, avoid isolated dark places.
  • If you need transportation, the accommodation establishment staff or the nearest tourism information office can recommend a reliable service.
  • Use adequate sun protection cream.

Driving

  • Fasten your seatbelt and lock your doors. In urban areas it is advisable to only open your window about 5cm.
  • Never pick up strangers.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving, unless you have a "hands free kit".
  • Never display your valuables in the car e.g. handbags, clothes, cell phones. Lock them in the boot.

Accommodation

  • Just like anywhere else in the world, please do not leave your luggage unattended.
  • Keep your accommodation locked when you are out. Check with the establishment staff on safety while in your accommodation.
  • If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

  • 10111 - In event of an emergency the operators will patch you through to the required emergency service in the area you are in. This number cannot be dialled from a cell phone, only from a landline.
  • 112 - Emergency number for Vodacom and MTN cell phone users.
  • 082911- This is a 24 hour emergency number, throughout South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho (We are happy to respond to any medical emergencies, even non-paying ones.)
  • Police: 10111
  • Ambulance: 10177

E-Block Watch

As with most countries in the world there are areas within our borders which are less safe for tourists than others. This has resulted in a unique tourism community system being implemented to ensure the safety of out tourists - called E-Block Watch. Tourist pay a once-off fee which gives them access to a cell/mobile telephone number which they can call at any time they have a problem. There are some 12 000 'travel buddy' volunteers in South Africa to assist when a tourist calls E-Block Watch. The call centre will route the tourist's concern and number to the nearest travel buddy in the area where the tourist is calling from. The travel buddy (who obviously knows the area he or she lives in) will then assists the tourist. For the US$20 fee this is a great way to have peace of mind knowing that someone will be on hand to assist, no matter what the concern.
Please contact us for further information on how to sign up for this service.

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