Is there any official travel safety Warnings for South Africa?
Below are the warnings collected from individuals who have been there and done that:
In the Wild, animal rights apply so allow them right of way, be careful not to invade their peace and certainly
Use Mesquite repellant and spray to prevent malaria.
Hippos kill more tourists that any other thing, so maintain a safe distance.
When Elephants get grumpy and their ear veins are visible, it’s time to go or find a safe place.
Close your car doors and shut your windows in the park to avoid Vervet Monkey thieves
Careful driving is a must as crashing in a 800kg buffalos or Wildebeest is not an ideal situation to meet with one.
Fill up your tanks and keep some extra petrol with you before you leave your campsite as its easy to lose track if you are on your own.
Also there are specified opening and closing times to the gates at Kruger National Park so make sure to allow enough time to get in the gates
Leopards and other animals have the tendencies to attack humans so stay close to your vehicle to avoid become food to them.
No Littering Please leave it as good as it was when you came or rather better.
Be extremely careful with cigarette butts and matches etc the dry bush can catch fire sooner than you can realize.
Also, do not leave your food or barbecue leftovers outside or near the camp to prevent any invited guests like Hyenas, Wild dogs or Monkeys.
Don’t feed the animals, even if it looks like there are friendly; remember they are still wild animals. Even the cuddly looking Penguin’s beak can easily tear off your nose or ear.
Do not hold shopping bags, fruits or edible in areas where Monkeys and Baboons are common as they may try to snatch it from you and in such events many tourists have ended up with a few scratches and tetanus injections.
The Legal drinking age is South Africa is 18 and older.
Tipping is expected to be between 10 to 15% of the bill.
To avoid any expensive air tickets, no ferry ride available or other potential problems make sure you plan your trip well in advance.