Hunting in South Africa: How Safe is it to Travel?
Is it Safe to Travel in South Africa for a Hunting Trip with the Family?
If you are thinking about planning a hunting safari in South Africa and wondering if it is safe enough for you to go, let alone, take your family, you are not the only one. People often have many questions when it comes to traveling to South Africa like; vaccinations for diseases, is the water potable, am I going to get eaten by a lion, will I get mugged etc.. the list goes on. Traveling to an unknown country can be a daunting task, but with the right information you can experience an amazing trip. In this article I am going to discuss the safety and security of traveling to South Africa when it comes to people and wild animals.
Safety and Security
The common misconception is that South Africa is a dangerous place to travel, when indeed it is no different that traveling to any other major US city or international destination. The South Africa Travel Advisory, as of 2019, is at a level 2. This means that you should exercise increased caution. You can check out their website for their suggestions and tips while traveling. To compare, I used the UK travel advisory to assess the safety and security of traveling to the United States and it compares very similarly with South Africa.
To put you mind at ease, traveling to South Africa is as safe as anywhere in the US. Especially if you hire a trusted hunting guide and or tour guide. Additionally, make wise decisions, don’t wander the streets at night, do not go to small villages by yourself, don’t flash cash around, keep ahold of your belongings and exercise good common sense. Do not let scary media over dramatize things, they do that in the states as well. South Africa is a wonderfully beautiful place, do not let irrational fears keep you from experiencing all that it has to offer.
Another common fear is that the ferocious animals of the pride land are lurking everywhere. That’s simply not true. Most animals are in the protected lands. If you are on a guided safari, listen to your guides. If you are on a self guided safari, use common sense, stay in your car, don’t venture off and you will be fine. If you are walking around keep and eye out for spiders and snakes, if you see them avoid them and they for the most part will also avoid you.
As of now, traveling to South Africa is just as safe as traveling to any other major US city. Exercise caution and common sense and you will have the experience of a lifetime. If you plan on booking a trip, be sure to check the travel advisory and book with a reputable travel agent. The pristine beaches, beautiful mountains and extraordinary animals are something you don’t want to miss.