Safety and Security



Our South African Police Services has compiled a useful and informative document listing some crucial safety and security tips we should all be more aware of.

Whether you are a tourist visiting our beautiful Gamtoos region or a long-time resident, this pamphlet contains great tips that would be good to keep in mind.

Download the Safety Tips Pamphlet



the Department of Tourism is wishing South Africans a relaxing Easter holiday season, while urging all tourists to #DoTourism safely and responsibly. This holiday period offers an opportunity to unwind and take a mini-detour, and explore the fun and diverse offerings in our small dorpies, townships and villages. Whether it be a Sho’t Left to a quaint picnic park, nature reserve or heritage attraction, visitors are encouraged to play an active role in preserving the cultural and environmental aesthetics of our tourism destinations, and to ensure their personal safety by adhering to the rules of the road, and being vigilant.

Tourism growth must be a desire of every patriotic South African, and ensuring the integrity of our country as a safe destination is critical in growing the domestic tourism market, and international arrivals. As you explore our beautiful country keep the following measures and safety tips in mind:

  • Be mindful of travel scams and fraudsters - Tourists tourists should make themselves safer and check the following when making a booking through a travel agent or operator: a functioning and updated website; preferably a membership of a tourism association; and registration number of the company which is visible on the quotation; and carefully read and understand the terms and conditions before proceeding with the booking.
  • Be respectful to all cultures and traditions - South Africa has diverse people and cultures. To enhance your experience, always be mindful and respect the diversity when observing socio-cultural traditions and practices.
  • Watch the weather - The African sun can be intense during summer. Wear sunscreen and carry enough water to ensure that you stay hydrated.