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Political Situation & Safety

Although there continues to be media coverage, the political situation throughout southern and east Africa continues to develop in a positive manner and people mix freely. In South Africa, the country most visited by UK & USA citizens, it is becoming increasingly safer and therefore more popular. The South African government is committed to ensure its visitors have a great vacation and that they in turn recommend visiting it to their friends, family and colleagues.

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In major cities it is sensible to take the same precautions that you would in any of the world's urban and metropolitan areas as crimes exists at some level worldwide. Never leave unattended luggage in front of a hotel or in the lobby - deposit your valuables in the hotel's safe deposit box or in your room safe - don't stroll around the streets after dark - don't wear expensive jewellery when out walking - always lock your car doors and keep the windows closed. If you intend to travel off the beaten track then do seek local advice.

For UK citizens

The Foreign & Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your destination. You are advised to check this information on BBC2 (Ceefax) page 470 onwards or on the internet under: http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa or you can contact the ABTA Information Department on 0901 201 5050 (calls charged at 50p/minute).

For USA citizens

US citizens should visit the following website http://www.state.gov/travel/. This will clarify any concerns you have.