Tourism Safety & General Info
1. Is Cape Town safe for tourists?
Cape Town is a major, modern cosmopolitan South African city. Just like any other major city in the world, vigilance is necessary.
This includes ensuring you follow basic safety tips such as keeping emergency numbers on hand, avoid carrying large sums of cash and keeping your valuables safe at all times. Avoid taking your passport outside the hostel by giving it to one of our receptionists, who will keep it in a safe for you!
For the overwhelming majority of the 1,7 million foreign visitors to the Western Cape in 2018, a visit to Cape Town and the Western Cape was a positive, memorable experience.
Cape Town is known to be among the world’s best holiday destinations and many of its visitors return, proving that many of those who travel here, fall in love with it and come back.
2. What precautions should a visitor to Cape Town take to stay safe?
The same precautions travellers would take to secure their safety in any major city in the world, apply when visiting Cape Town, a growing city of nearly four million people.
3. Will I be safe in my hotel or accommodation establishment?
Tourism is one of the major industries of Cape Town and the Western Cape which means we do everything we can for you to be comfortable and safe.
At Once Travel, we take your safety very seriously. Every bed comes with a safety locker and we also offer the possibility to story your valuables in a safe at reception. We are located in the city centre, in one of the safest areas of Cape Town.
Should you be concerned about our location, our facilities or safety in Cape Town in general, feel free to contact us prior to your arrival or ask a receptionist while you’re here!
4. Can I walk around central Cape Town safely?
We encourage visitors to be mindful at all times of their surroundings when walking around any major city.
The Cape Town Business Community and local authorities have taken numerous proactive initiatives to ensure the safety and upkeep of central Cape Town. As a result, this area, where Once in Cape Town and most attractions are located, has grown to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Visible safety officers have been deployed and the city centre is kept clean. You can recognise them by their yellow and green jackets and green caps. Major restaurants, shops and galleries line the streets.
A variety of walking tours are available to suit different interests and you’ll share the pavements with locals walking to work, business people rushing between meetings and other tourists who, like you, are exploring all the city has to offer.
Once in Cape Town also offers a variety of free activities open to all of our guests. These can go from visiting a museum, a farmer’s market, to a bar crawl. Transport from and to the hostel is on us during these activities and you will be accompanied by one of our Chief Entertainment Officers, to ensure you are safe and have fun.
For any distance at night, we advise you to take an Uber or Bolt.
5. Can I travel alone when visiting Cape Town?
Cape Town and the Western Cape are a popular solo-travel destination, with a variety of activities and experiences on offer for the solo adventurer.
Solo travellers are encouraged to exercise the same vigilance and safety measures to ensure they are not soft targets as they would anywhere else in the world. A list of #BeSafe Travel Tips is available on Cape Town Tourism’s Website and can be viewed here.
If you are a digital nomad, read our blog post with reasons to come to Cape Town and all the best tips and tricks here!
6. Do I have an alternative to walking?
Cape Town is one of the most well-connected cities in South Africa when it comes to transport options. While travellers often choose to walk around the Downtown or Central Business District area because distances are short, you have the option to use Uber, Bolt (commonly known as Taxify), metered taxis and the MyCiti bus system, which can also connect you to points within the central district of Cape Town and surrounding tourism must-sees like Camps Bay, Sea Point and Hout Bay. If you are not too sure on how to book a taxi or an Uber, ask at reception and we can sort it all out for you.
The MyCiti bus also connects you directly to Cape Town International Airport through a direct shuttle. There is also a City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off red bus service with a variety of tourist routes on offer.
Safe travels and see you in Cape Town. There is truly nowhere better!
7. Where can I find an accredited tour guide?
The Western Cape has many accredited and well-trained tour guides. For me information and help in selecting a tour guide, please visit https://www.ctga.org.za
- Make sure no one can see you enter your PIN or transaction amount at an ATM.
- Avoid carrying all your valuables (including your passport) and large sums of cash in your purse.
- Hike in a group, remain on the designated paths and carry a map.
- Carry plenty of water, a hat, and a snack whilst hiking. Protect your skin from the UV rays by applying sunscreen.
- Never approach, feed or touch any of the wild animals found on the hiking trails.
- Never swim alone, always swim in areas that are supervised by a lifeguard.
- Use a reliable registered taxi service, such as uber.
- Store emergency numbers on your phone and make sure it is charged before you leave your hotel.
- Don’t allow your children to wander off on their own make sure you always have an eye on them.