Safety and Security Tips for Tourists

In Articles, Car Hire Tips, Latest News by Bianca MacDonald

Don’t let the fear of Crime ruin your Summer Holiday. Crime is a common issue Worldwide and we cannot shy away from the fact that crime can have an effect on ANYONE, ANYWHERE and at ANYTIME.

We at Around About Cars want what’s best for our clients and that is to feel safe and secure during their trip to Africa so we are here to tell you What to Do and What not to Do.

To help us provide you with the best possible Safety and Security advice we have selected the tips for tourists and migrants provided by The Tourism Safety Task Group.

In a Car:

  • Plan your Route in Advance.
  • Keep the Car Doors Locked at All Times and Wind the Windows Up.
  • Lock Valuable Items in the Boot (trunk).
  • At Night- Park in Well-Lit Areas.
  • Never Pick Up Strangers.
  • If in doubt about the Safety of an Area, phone a Police station (South African Police Service Centre: 10111) for Advice.

On the Street:

  • Avoid Flashy Displays of Expensive Jewelry, Cameras and other Valuables.
  • It’s definitely not advisable to carry large sums of Money around (rather, we recommend using a travel card provided by banks Worldwide. It is Safe, Convenient and will Assist you in keeping track of your Spending)
  • At Night, Steer Clear of Dark, Isolated Areas.
  • It’s better to Explore in Groups and to Stick to Well-Lit, Busy Streets
  • Plan your Route Beforehand.
  • A Policeman or Traffic Officer will be glad to direct you if you get Lost.
  • If you want to call a Taxi, your Hotel, Restaurant or the Nearest Tourism Information Office can recommend a Reliable Service. Alternatively, we highly suggest you download E-Hailing Taxi Services such as Uber or Bolt.

At a Backpackers/ Hotel/ AirBnB etc:

  • Never leave your Luggage Unattended.
  • Store Valuables in the Hotel’s Safety Security Box.
  • Keep your room Locked, whether you’re in it or not!
  • If someone Knocks- Check who it is Before Opening the Door.
  • Leave your Keys at the Reception Desk when leaving your Accommodation.

If you are Hiring a Car from Us and intend driving from the airport be sure you know the exact route you should take so that you need not stop to ask for directions making yourself vulnerable and an easy hijack target. If you are unfamiliar with South Africa, we highly recommend that you Hire a GPS from Us to easily navigate your way through the Urban and Rural areas.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers:

  • South African Police Services- 10111
  • Ambulance Services- 10177
  • Cell Phone- To be redirected to an emergency service closest to you- 112
  • Around About Cars Head Office- +27(0)21 422-4022
  • Around About Cars (After Hours)- +27(0)84 422-4022

We hope that the above information has been helpful and We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our beautiful country this season.

Visiting Cape Town, South Africa? Stay at the luxurious Cape Point Villa located in Scarborough (1-Hour Drive outside Cape Town City Centre). The guesthouse boasts 5 en-suite bedrooms (Sleeps 10), a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen, large dining area, in-door and outdoor entertainment areas, a 13-m glass fenced off pool and views of the Cape Peninsula Nature Reserve and National Park.

Booking Enquiries: info@capepointvilla.co.za

Bianca is a Digital Marketing student at Vega School and the Junior Digital Marketer for Around About Cars.