Essential Tips When Traveling Through South Africa

South Africa’s tourism trade has exploded over the past twenty years or so, with major changes to the collective psyche and the end of apartheid contributing majorly to this. While the country boasts a beauty envied across the world, high-crime rates and cultural differences mean that it is advisable to learn the ways of the locals when considering a trip to South Africa.

Waterview at Lawhill Luxury Apartments, Cape Town, South Africa

These five places around the Western-European nation’s lush and rugged landscape should be essential for anyone heading to Ireland. If you are a first time visitor or a senior worried about how you would be covered for pre-existing conditions on travel insurance, don’t fret, as all of these places are very convenient to get to.

Health and Insurance

For you and your loved ones, getting travel insurance for the whole family should be a top priority, as tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever thrive in the heat and humidity in South Africa. Malaria pills and mosquito repellents and clothing can only go so far in protecting you from some of the diseases you are at a risk of contracting.

HIV is also a problem which is well documented in South Africa. If you are engaging in any sexual activity, ensure that you are protected. For those looking to engage in potentially dangerous activities such as bungee jumps or water sports, ensure that you are covered for any potential damage as hospital fees can be pretty expensive and many injuries resulting from these activities will not be covered.

Always Keep Safe

South Africa is renowned for its high crime rates, which includes frequent carjackings, assaults, and robberies. In order to minimize the possibility of becoming a victim of crime, remain cautious and don’t make it obvious that you are a tourist. Any unnecessary attraction will only increase the likelihood of you being targeted.

If traveling alone, figure out the safest places to stay and do some research on your options on the best ways to get home late at night. While no one wants to be on edge while enjoying their travels, it is always advisable to take precautions.

Ensure You Are Adequately Dressed

Where you are visiting and what time of year you will arrive there will play a large part in how you should dress. For example, Johannesburg tends to be hotter from October to March, and pretty mild in comparison, for the rest of the year. Ensuring you bring clothing which will make you feel comfortable in the heat or in milder temperatures will make the experience a more pleasant one.

Cape Town also tends to be very hot during the summer months in South Africa but can be exceptionally cold and blustery at night. It is not just the conditions you should pay attention to in order to wear appropriate dress, as many of the finer establishments and theatres require formal dress in order to be accepted in. If you are unsure as to what to bring, leave some space in your suitcase for clothes can purchase while you are there.

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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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