Travel safety tips

Here are our top tips for keeping safe in Cape Town

  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash or counting it in the open
  • Don’t carry cameras in plain sight, don’t wear expensive jewellery and do not leave belongings unattended
  • Don’t use your mobile phone while walking, and keep it safely tucked away. Pick pocketers are everywhere and your back pocket or an open handbag is an easy target
  • Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night
  • Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs or cash points
  • Use only accredited taxi cabs or Uber
  • Don’t leave handbags under tables or on the backs of chairs
  • Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout. If you wish to help, consider giving food, donating to a registered charity or contact Cape Town Tourism for advice
  • Keep copies of all valuable documents in a safe place
  • When exploring Table Mountain National Park, take a map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends and a charged mobile phone


Emergency Numbers

  • Emergencies from a mobile phone: 112
  • Emergencies from a landline: 107
  • South African Police Service: 10111
  • Medical & Fire Emergencies: 021 535 1100
  • Table Mountain NP Emergencies: 021 480 7700
  • Sea & Mountain Rescue: 021 948 9900
  • National Sea Rescue Institute: 082 911
  • Ambulance: 10177