As South Africa is a developing
country, crime does exist, so we would advise you to
take a few basic precautions. All valuables, passports,
cameras, should be locked in a safe place, either the
safe of your hotel or at the least locked in your bag
if unnattended. Valuables should be carried discreetly
when walking in cities, as thieves can spot tourists
from a mile away.
The international media paints a very grim picture of
South African crime, but the vast majority of travellers
we have met have had no problems, and compare the situation
in South Africa to that of many other countries worldwide...overstated.
This not to suggest crime is not a problem here, but
rather that if one is aware and alert then trouble will
not easily be able to bother you.
Unfortunately most crime in
South Africa occurs in the township settlements where
millions live in extreme poverty, and unless on a guided
tour we do not recommend visitors visit these places
without first consulting other local people as to their
Jeffreys Bay is a small and usually quiet holiday town
with a very good security record.