1. Plan transportation carefully.
Planning your transportation should start with your arrival at the airport and continue throughout your trip. If your travels take you to Top Mountain, be sure to arrange a ride down before you head up the hill. Many criminals have been known to take advantage of stranded travelers who do not have transportation down the hill. Preparation and planning are critical in this situation.
2. Research travel vendors.
South Africa has a plethora of sightseeing options that range from Table Top Mountain and SOWETO to uShaka Marine World and the Cape of Good Hope. To make the most of your time and money, be sure to use reputable tour operators as recommended by your hotel.
3. Use caution at ATM’s.
ATM’s are a common target of criminals. Using common sense, keeping your guard up, and avoiding ATM’s at night will protect you from becoming a victim of ATM theft.
4. Use caution in game parks.
The animals in game parks such as Kruger National Park are wild. Use caution when driving through the parks, do not tease the animals, keep a safe distance from all animals, and do not get out of your car. The last thing you want is to make an elephant mad.
5. Avoid Minibuses.
This form of transportation can be tempting for travelers on a budget. However, you are putting yourself in harm’s way when boarding a minibus. Drivers are reckless, routes are not clearly identifiable, and you may end up becoming a victim of crime. Invest in a metered taxi to keep yourself safe.