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SOME USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS.
IS PRETORIA SAFE FOR TOURISTS?
PRETORIA is a major, modern cosmopolitan South African city. As such, we would advise travellers to exercise the same level of vigilance they would exercise when visiting any major city in the world.
This includes ensuring you follow basic safety tips such as keeping emergency numbers on hand, avoiding carrying large sums of cash and keeping your valuables safe at all times.
The destination is frequently cited as among the world’s TOP holiday destinations and has a high return visitor rate, proving that those who visit our destination once, fall in love with it, and want to discover it again.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD A VISITOR TO PRETORIA TAKE TO STAY SAFE?
The same precautions travellers would take to secure their safety in any major city in the world, apply when visiting Pretoria, a growing city of nearly 8 million people.
WILL I BE SAFE IN MY HOTEL OR ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENT?
Pretoria offers a range of tourism accommodation options catering to all markets. These include luxury hotels, budget establishments, guesthouses and Airbnb accommodation. Tourism is one of the major industries of Pretoria. As such, formal tourism establishments largely take the safety and comfort of their guests very seriously.
When deciding on an accommodation option, use the same vigilance you would when selecting accommodation elsewhere in the world. Should you be concerned about the property’s safety measures or the location of the property, do not hesitate to contact them for further details, check whether they are a member of a tourism association or organisation and make your enquiries there.
CAN I WALK AROUND CENTRAL PRETORIA SAFELY?
We encourage visitors to be mindful at all times of their surroundings when walking around any major city. The Pretoria Business Community and local authorities have taken numerous proactive initiatives to ensure the safety and upkeep of Pretoria Central. As a result, this area – where most tourism establishments are located – has grown to be one of the popular tourist destinations in the country.
Visible safety officers have been deployed and the city centre is kept clean. Major restaurants, shops, and galleries line the streets and many offices, apartment buildings and hotels are located Downtown.
CAN I TRAVEL ALONE WHEN VISITING PRETORIA?
Pretoria is a popular solo-travel destination, with a variety of activities and experiences on offer for the solo adventurer. Solo travellers are encouraged to exercise the same vigilance and safety measures to ensure they are not soft targets as they would anywhere else in the world.
DO I HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO WALKING?
Pretoria is one of the most well-connected cities in South Africa when it comes to transport options. While travellers often choose to walk around the Downtown or Central Business District area because distances are short, you have the option to use metered taxis and the local bus system.
Here are our top tips for keeping safe in the city.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash, don’t carry cameras in plain sight and do not leave belongings unattended.
- Heed the advice of your hosts, Pretoria Tourism Visitor Centre staff, or locals on where to go after dusk. Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night. Park in a secure, well-lit area with street guards.
- Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs or cash points.
- Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout. If you wish to help, consider giving food, donating to a registered charity or contact South African Tourism for advice.
- Keep copies of all valuable documents in a safe place.
- When exploring take a map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends and a charged mobile phone.
- When hiking, be prepared for weather that can change rapidly, even in summer. Bring along enough water and sunblock, as well as something warm to wear. Start heading back well before dark and don’t venture away from the demarcated paths. Tell a friend or your host where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Emergencies from a mobile: 112
- Emergencies from a landline: 107
- South African Police Service: 10111
- Ambulance: 10177
SAFETY IN HOTELS
- Place your valuables/passport in a hotel safe.
- Never leave your personal property unattended.
- Close and lock the door when you are in your room.
- Don’t open the door without first checking who’s asking to come in.
- Use registered, qualified tour guides.
SAFETY IN YOUR CAR
- Have your keys ready as you approach your car.
- Always lock your doors. u Park in well-lit areas at night.
- Keep enough distance between your car and the one in front to enable you to change lanes and drive away in a hurry.
- Don’t give lifts to strangers.
- Look around before entering your driveway.
- Be aware of strangers begging at intersections and avoid giving them money – rather give responsibly by donating to a known charity.
- Never open your window when approached by a stranger.
- If you think you are being followed drive to a busy place or a police station.
- Keep your valuables out of sight – ie Stash it, don’t flash it.
- After you’ve parked your car, make sure it is properly locked before you walk away, to ensure you don’t become a victim of thieves who use “remote jamming” devices.
SAFETY ON THE STREET
- Don’t walk in deserted or dark areas.
- Keep all possessions close to your body and in sight.
- Don’t use your cellphone while walking, and keep it—and your wallet—safely tucked away.
- The use of headphones may distract you from what’s happening around you.
- Plan your route beforehand.
- Avoid the obvious visibility of valuables such as jewellery, cameras, laptops and tablets.
- Don’t carry large sums of money and avoid counting it in the open.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
SAFETY OUT AND ABOUT
- Stay in a group and on lit paths.
- Don’t keep all your money in one pocket.
- Use accredited taxis and cabs.
- Don’t leave handbags under tables, on the backs of chairs or on restroom hooks.
- Don’t leave cellphones or wallets on restaurant tables.
- Keep your credit card in sight all the time.
- Don’t leave drinks unattended.
SAFETY AT ATMS
- Use ATMs in well-lit and safe places.
- Don’t allow your card to be removed from your sight.
- Don’t accept help from strangers or give out your pin number, not even to persons claiming to be bank officials.
- Watch out for the people standing very close to you and looking over your shoulder as you type in your pin.
- Never leave your card in the ATM. If it gets stuck or swallowed, follow instructions provided on the ATM machine.
- Make sure you are not followed after a transaction.
Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout. If you wish to help, consider giving food, donating to a registered charity or contact us for advice. You may also encounter begging in the CBD. This intimidating behaviour that can make you feel a bit uneasy. You may also be followed around persistently despite your having said “no”. The CCID, which provides security in the city area, is available to help.
How to deal with it:
- Make eye contact and say “No, please leave me alone” firmly and clearly.
- If you feel threatened or uncomfortable in any way within the CBD, find a CCID Public Safety Officer and ask for assistance.
- Alternatively, walk into the first open venue and call one of the emergency numbers on this page.
OUR CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
The Founders of Sisonke Tourism Services are products of an underprivileged and disadvantaged upbringing in Cape Town, South Africa. At the heart of Sisonke’s culture lies an uncompromising commitment to uplift and develope South African society, especially among previously disadvantaged communities.
We acknowledge that we have a transformative role to play in giving people in our cities the opportunities to make the most of their talents and to achieve a decent standard of living.
Our vision goes well beyond giving money. Our emphasis is on sustainability. Our priority is to ensure that our CSI policy delivers a long-term, tangible benefit to the people most in need. Ultimately, we measure the returns on our community investment based on the sense of pride, hope and ownership it fosters among our people.
OUR CSI – OUR PLEDGE
- 20 % of the profit generated on The Indoor Field Hockey World Cup Tournament 2023 is donated to SMART, the Scheepers Moses African Revival Trust. A Registered & Accredited Non Profit Organisation (NPO) as recognised by the South African Department of Social Development.
Please Visit them on www.smart-npo.org.za for more info on how you can assist them to make a difference.
High-quality tap (faucet) water is available across the city and it is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. The quality of the food is excellent, and Pretoria has some top restaurants in the world. We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm.
Medical facilities in Pretoria are world-class. There is an excellent network of both state and private hospitals.
If you’re an adult, you won’t need any inoculations unless you’re travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in the country. However, travellers going to or coming from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe as well as Rwanda will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate when in South Africa as these countries have been included on the World Health Organization list of countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever virus.