Be careful at ATMs in South Africa.
Avoid using them in secluded places and after dark and don’t withdraw large amounts of cash. Check to see if the machine has been tampered with; scams include damaging the machine so that your card gets stuck, so that money can be withdrawn from your account once you’ve gone into the bank to report the jammed card.
Generally, national parks and wildlife reserves have no issues with crime
. But do exercise the usual precautions in cities. Leave valuables in your hotel, use cabs booked by your hotel or restaurant and avoid walking around at night.
Homosexuality is stigmatised – or even illegal – in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia
– though South Africa prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Same-sex couples are advised to be aware of local laws and customs, and to act discretely in public.
Camping in game reserves is thrilling as you are surrounded by wildlife – including elephants, lions and hyenas. Your guide will explain the regulations at each camp
– please listen, they know their stuff!
For further information on health and safety across Southern Africa, please visit the FCO or the CDC websites.