Advice for travellers
Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem,
but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some
basic safety rules.
With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find
South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions
are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic
The ins and outs of phoning to and from (and within) South Africa, plus
information on dialling codes, directories, time differences, special services and
South Africa is a safe destination with good levels of hygiene and drinkable water.
There are nonetheless some health issues that you should be aware of.
Information about public holidays, who and how much to tip, where you're allowed
to smoke, the time zone that South Africa falls into and what to expect from the
Plan ahead so you don't have any unpleasant surprises. Bring walking shoes,
sunglasses, medication and insect repellant. If you forget anything, don't panic - you
can buy whatever you need here.
South Africa is constantly improving its facilities for disabled tourists, and many
places of interest have specially adapted accommodation and wheelchair-friendly
facilities and walks.