In 2019 over 430,000 UK tourists visited South Africa, and whilst most journeys are trouble-free there are some problems that do arise. This can range from travel delays, cancellations and lost luggage through to more serious medical treatment.
Tourists can access free care if using public hospitals, for which the quality may vary. Having travel insurance in place would enable you to access the private health care providers with the peace of mind that you have cover in place to help with the costs.
Remember too, that there are likely to be a higher risk of certain diseases like malaria – so make sure you take malaria tablets. Also make sure you have up to date vaccinations particularly for Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid.
Whilst violent crime in the main tourist locations is generally quite low, broadly speaking South Africa does have a high rate of crime. The South African Tourism Police patrol all major towns and cities but make sure that you stay vigilant and have your personal possessions secured on your person.
Should you lose your possessions or have them taken then travel insurance can help to cover their loss and in some cases provide replacements.