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    Cape Fear: Staying safe in South Africa

    South Africa has it all. Stunning natural landscapes, fascinating wildlife and a vibrant, thriving culture makes this a uniquely wonderful holiday or travel destination.

    The flip side of the coin is that it consequently also poses a number of potential threats to staying safe. Therefore an accident on holiday that can live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons could ensue.

    Staying Safe in South Africa – the animals

    Each of Africa’s infamous ‘Big Five’ – elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo – can be found in South Africa and each one is to be respected and feared in equal measure. Then of course, there’s the great white shark, master of the sea. These tips can help avoid altercations with these creatures and a nasty holiday injury:

    –  Keep an eye out for shark warning flags and announcements and get out of the water quickly when they appear.

    –  Strictly adhere to the regulations and advice laid down by safari and game-drive guides.

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    –  Never approach an animal in the wild. Even docile looking zebras can cause substantial damage while the baboons at Cape Point are to be regarded with extreme caution.

    Preventing the need for travel accident compensation in South Africa – the people

    Modern South Africa is a kaleidoscope of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. As with anywhere in the world, there are steps it is wise to take to ensure staying safe. These include:

    –  Avoiding public transport. While the trains are a favoured hunting spot of thieves and pickpockets, they can also be the scene of severe and dangerous racial tensions. Furthermore, the buses and taxis can, quite simply, be an accident waiting to happen. It is far safer and easier to hire your own car.

    –  Staying in a group. Safety can be found in numbers and women in particular should avoid heading anywhere alone, especially after dark when solo travel should be avoided whenever possible.

    –  Knowing where you are going and how to get there. There are some areas that remain a strict ‘no-go’ for tourists and getting lost can have disastrous consequences.

    Should you suffer an accident or injury on holiday, Accident Advice Helpline can help you get the necessary compensation. Experts in personal injury claims, traffic accidents and work accident compensation, to name but three, they know exactly what it takes and settle the majority of their cases out of court on a no-win, no-fee basis.

    Date Published: November 4, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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