Game & Nature Reserves in South Africa

South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks - both public (rather affordable) and private (a little more expensive). Read more »»

New and old city/place names in South Africa

The South African Constitution mandates government and, indeed, the entire nation to take active steps to redress the injustices of the past. Read more »

Public Transport in Cape Town/Joburg

You definitely don't need a car in Cape Town. You can do almost everything with public transport.
· Cape Town
· Johannesburg

+ Southern Africa
+ South Africa
+ Garden Route
+ Kruger National Park
+ Namibia
+ Botswana
+ Zimbabwe

Safety in Southern Africa


For tourists, Southern Africa is probably as safe as any other part of the world. The southern part of the continent boasts a vast array of cultures, communities, sites and attractions - most parts can be visited safely by tourists provided they take basic common-sense precautions meaning not walking around at night alone in deserted streets, avoiding dodgy areas, not flashing photographic equipment or other valuable stuff (like cellphones, jewellery, mp3 players etc.). Like anywhere else in the world, there are some areas of major cities which are more dodgy than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.
Use your common sense, ask the staff at your accommodation about the area you are staying in, listen to advices and simply avoid dodgy looking streets and places and you should have the time of your life in Southern Africa.

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Driving and parking safely

Carjackings do occur in Southern Africa, so again some precautions may help to avoid this:

When parking at night choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car and in return should be paid a small fee anything from two rand upwards.

ATM (Automatic Telling Machine)

Never allow a stranger to assist you in your transactions. In the case that your card become stuck in the ATM, enter your PIN three times. The machine will now retain your card. You can then approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can usually be found at ATMs for assistance.

Emergency numbers (dialled locally)


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