U.S. Department Of State Updates Its Travel Advisory For South Africa

A revised Level 2 travel advisory for South Africa was released by the U.S. State Department, which advises travelers to proceed with extra caution because of the country’s high crime and civil unrest.

Armed robberies, rapes, carjackings, muggings, and “smash-and-grab” attacks on cars are examples of violent crime that occurs frequently. Major cities’ central business districts are more likely to experience violent crime after dark, according to authorities.

Additionally, the department issued a warning about using GPS in South Africa. According to the update, there have been instances where visitors to Cape Town using GPS navigation apps have been directed through residential areas with high rates of violent crime. 

Strikes, protests, and demonstrations happen regularly and can happen suddenly, causing disruptions to other services like transportation and traffic.

Additionally, unless they are accompanied by someone who is familiar with the area, visitors should refrain from walking alone, especially after dark, and avoid visiting informal settlement areas.

Additionally, visitors should always have a copy of their U.S. passport and visa, drive with doors locked and windows closed, and refrain from flashing cash or valuables.

Why visiting South Africa

South Africa is a rewarding country to visit because it offers so much for everyone. Visitors can expect a wealth of unique sights and experiences.

  • Wildlife: South Africa ranks among the world’s premier destinations for wildlife viewing. Whether you opt for the renowned Kruger National Park or any of the numerous other safari destinations, it promises to be an unforgettable experience.
  • Beaches: South Africa boasts some of the planet’s amazing beaches, ranging from the well-known ones in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban to many pristine and secluded ones.
  • Scenic beauty: South Africa is truly a diverse tapestry of landscapes. Prepare to be mesmerized by stunning coastlines, majestic mountain ranges, vast expanses of untamed bushveld, captivating semi-deserts, tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls, breathtaking canyons, lush forests, and expansive plains, not to mention Cape Town is unquestionably one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
  • Friendliness: Visitors consistently praise the warmth and hospitality they encounter throughout South Africa. The country’s “Rainbow Nation” is composed of a multitude of vibrant cultures, ensuring a heartfelt welcome awaits travelers wherever they go.
  • Affordability: Despite the abundance of globally acclaimed five-star establishments and luxury lodges, South Africa also offers excellent value-for-money budget accommodations, tours, and experiences throughout the country.