Travelling in South Africa - Local Laws & Customs

South Africa is a safe place to travel, even as a woman alone. Common sense is all you need really to get by without problems. Below is a collection of useful information to help you get off on the right foot. We are always happy to discuss these matters in more detail with you by telephone or email. We have many years of experience and have lived in the country for over a decade and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Local Laws & Customs

Always carry your identity documentation or a copy of your passport.  You must be able to produce valid identification on request by South African officials.

If it needs saying, drug-taking and smuggling is a legal offence.

Men generally greet each other with a firm handshake, while women will do the continental kiss on the cheek.  In tribal areas, it tends to be more conservative, with a handshake or even a nod sufficing across both genders. 

Other than on a few designated beaches, nude sunbathing is illegal – although women is semi-acceptable along Clifton and Camps Bay beaches in Cape Town.  Thong bikinis are commonly used.

Eating places are casual except when otherwise indicated.  Johannesburg tends to be the dressiest city, but follow European dining standards and you’ll be fine.

 

Testimonials

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

A spectacular 2 weeks in South Africa

We are just back from a spectacular 2 weeks in South Africa. We took our 8 year old son back having visited on our own 10 years ago and we all had one of the best holidays. We wanted our son to see "the real Africa" at the same time as doing the usual touristy things (including a very patient ...

Martin Jackson

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