FAQs

How safe is it to travel in South Africa? We’ve heard there’s a high crime rate
I am interested to go trekking with children – where do you recommend?

How safe is it to travel in South Africa? We’ve heard there’s a high crime rate.

We are regular travellers to South Africa, and have no hesitation in recommending travel there. However, crime does exist in South Africa, and you do need to have an awareness of the issues and take some basic precautions.  Although the broad brush crime statistics indicate that crime levels are comparatively high, interpretation of the statistics shows that crime affecting tourists is relatively low, and can be kept to a minimum by following simple, common sense advice. This is eloquently and clearly stated by Dr Johan Burger in an article written in the Telegraph just before the start of the 2010 Football World Cup. Read this article by clicking HERE.
We also recommend that you read the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office: www.fco.gov.uk/travel

I am interested to go trekking with children – where do you recommend?

If your children are 12 or over, then there is nothing stopping you undertaking reasonably tough treks.  This is the minimum age we will allow children to undertake multi-day camping treks on the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment (3000m/10,000ft).  To wit, in 2010 a boy aged 13 became the youngest person to summit Everest, and a family known to Traverse Line took their son to the top of Kilimanjaro aged 11.

However, it is possible to trek with younger families, within certain limits.  In South Africa there are some excellent mid- and low-level Drakensberg hikes which enable children to get out and sleep in caves and return the following day. We have had families with children aged 4 do this! Sehlabathebe in the Southern Drakensberg has an excellent 3 or 4 day hike, where children can ride on ponies to help their journey up into the mountains.  Children of 6 years and above, accompanied by their parents, can undertake this rewarding trek.  Other possibilities exist too - we recommend you call us to talk through options.

There are also some less arduous treks in Nepal that are suitable for younger family members, which are rewarding for parents too.

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