There have been many incidents in the past that you must have read or heard about various kinds of tragedies and mishappenings of visitors when touring South Africa. The gory stories of men shooting lions or lions mauled visitors to death when they were taking photographs; women being raped or men being attacked and looted.
Many visitors encountered unpleasant happenings in South Africa and to keep yourself protected and safe as well as being safe for the animals of Africa here are the 5 important things to keep in mind when you think of visiting South Africa.
1. Read and strictly follow the tour guide rules and laws
When you visit any place in South Africa specially the nature reserves and parks you are given tour guidelines and rules to follow. So you need to understand and strictly follow the guide rules no matter how meaningless it may seem.
This is peculiar to wildlife tour sites and any other site that exposes one to possible harmful risks. Do not succumb to misleading fantasy video footage that you might have seen showing people happy to partake in daredevil deeds. If it’s a wildlife tour site, always remind yourself that it’s called wild for some reasons. So, don’t alight from your vehicles as you drive through wild parks except when otherwise stated, avoid getting too close to animals, do not let your windows down to take pictures or “feel the atmosphere”. Get all the feeling you want from inside your car secured as required and avoid the unnecessary urge you’ll inspire on the wild animals to get a feel of your flesh.
2. Restrict and mind your movement
Always follow the directions when touring. Your movement should never suggest that you’re lost. Preferably, walk with a group especially in secluded areas. Catch all your fun while its day and avoid walking major city business districts at night.
If it’s necessary to go out at night, look for a reliable taxi and do not randomly patronize taxis on streets. Ensure that you’re well-informed about any place you want to visit before visiting and travel with an updated map which are usually available at most gas stations. You don’t want to get stranded in an unfamiliar environment so, make sure your ride is sufficiently fueled and mechanically healthy. Most importantly, park your ride at well-lit areas at night. Generally, walk like a South African not as a visitor
3. Most important to always mind your business
This is most important thing to note. Never try to be someone’s hero. Ignore whatever is happening in streets like men and women being harassed by street boys, don’t try to settle any fight, don’t strive to ensure justice, don’t open your door to let strangers in.
Just ignore any body unknown to you seeking your attention. If you really believe someone needs help, a better way to help without becoming the one who needs the help is to locate the nearest police joint and report the incident. So just mind your business.
4. Ignore making new friends
It doesn’t mean you do not socialize but always be mindful of how quickly you are fascinated by the people you meet. Overtime, tricksters have proven to be of interesting and charming characters. Let your safety be placed very much higher than making new friends in your social scale. Avoid any person asking you to come along, or share at your dinner table or your taxi. Try to be with your own group that has come to tour.
5. Wear decent clothes and do not show your luxuries
Be guaranteed that you will quickly run into trouble when you, in an egotistic manner, attempt to demonstrate that you’ve got lots of cash. Showing off will only attract criminals to you. Avoid flashy and expensive watches or jewelry and do not carry large amounts of cash around. Guard your ATM cards. Do not ask random strangers where to find an ATM and pay no mind to anybody soliciting your knowledge on how to use the money machine.
If you sincerely follow these 5 important things it is sure you will have a problem free tour at South Africa without any worries of any kind.