Personal Safety in Southern Africa
Southern Africa is an incredibly safe and secure part of the world in which to travel as long as common-sense is used, as you would travelling in any other part of the world. We wouldn't take our 3 children back to Africa again and again if it wasn't. Whenever we travel in southern Africa we have an amazing time and are always blown away by how lovely and warm people are, always there to welcome you and give you a hand if needed.
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique are particularly safe and despite South Africa's bad reputation, we have found it to be a comfortable and secure place to travel. As with any part of the world, there are a number of less safe areas that the tourist would do well to avoid, and although we can't guarantee anyone's safety, we design all our itineraries with your safety as our utmost concern. With this in mind we make sure to keep up-to-date on any issues occurring in the region, design your holiday to concentrate on the traveller-friendly areas and avoid any areas which are known hot spots, ensure that self-driving distances are achievable in daylight hours, that you won't be driving at night and that you have detailed information about your route options and know exactly where you are going. Some tourists are particularly nervous about Johannesburg, rest assured, flights from Australia enable us to minimise the time spent in the city if that is your preference - often your only contact with the city is flying in and out of the airport.
See our Travel Safety with Wildlife page for more information about having a safe holiday in Africa.