Being street smart in Cape Town

By: Jonathan Guest

Cape Town is a relatively safe city. Sure it’s important to be careful but, this applies to any city that you are unfamiliar with. It is always wise to take some precautions without the need of getting to feel paranoid. Here are some tips to keep you out of trouble and to make your accommodation and travels in Cape Town more enjoyable.

Firstly, you should not try to look like a tourist, although this may be difficult for a tourist. Try to not flash your expensive cameras and cellular phones for everyone to see and avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you or wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Don’t walk alone after dark and take special precautions to avoid going into secluded areas, such as, Table Mountain or to the beach at night time. During the day all these places make for some very good sightseeing.

If you are venturing off somewhere, always let somebody know where you are. At ATM machines, be especially wary, they could be the location of really sophisticated con men, so don’t let anyone try and help you. Be aware of people standing too close to you or leaning over you to see your PIN code. Always seek help from a bank employee or from the staff at your accommodation venue.

You may be approached by street children or beggars during your stay in Cape Town. If you are to give them money, know that generally they are going to use it to buy alcohol or glue, which the street children sniff. So if you are feeling sorry for them, buying them something to eat instead would be a much better idea than handing over your cash.

While driving on the roads in Cape Town, especially in the city centre, keep your windows closed or partially open but not so that somebody could put their hand through the window. Do not leave any valuables, such as handbags or cellular phones visible on the seat and do not speak on your phone whilst your window is open. Make sure that all your doors are locked at all times, especially when stopping at robots.

That being said, Cape Town is an amazing city for the tourist or holiday maker. The establishments range from small guest houses and b&b to the luxury villa and six star hotel accommodation. You will never be disappointed by the huge amounts of activities that are available, from scenic drives over Chapmans Peak or driving through the Winelands, to taking the cable car or walking up Table Mountain, to watching the whales in Hermanus.

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