Safety in Cape Town

IH Cape Town

Safety in Cape Town

Cape Town is an amazing city to spend time in with so much to see and do. By ensuring our students have the information they need to make informed decisions, we can help them avoid taking any unnecessary chances and prevent incidents taking place.

In general, Cape Town is one of the safest cities in South Africa to visit. However, in common with many cities all over the world, there is crime and there are certain precautions that need to be taken to ensure a trouble-free visit.

Please take these basic common sense precautions:


Safety Tips

  • Obtain a map and plan your route/s before you set out.
  • Don’t carry all your essential documents and travellers cheques.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money.
  • Be careful and vigilant when drawing money from the ATM machines.
  • Do not let anyone offer you assistance at an ATM  Rather retain your card and visit a bank for assistance.
  • Leave valuable jewellery, spare money and your passport in the safe at the school.
  • It is good practice to have photo copies of all essential documents and passports.
  • Try not to leave anything in your car when it is parked, except in the boot.
  • Don’t leave handbags anywhere, even in the boot of a car and especially not in bars or restaurants.
  • Don’t leave handbags or cameras casually on the back of a chair in busy restaurants or bars, these are easy targets for opportunistic thieves.
  • Don’t leave your handbags or cell phones lying around when visiting the toilet.
  • Do not give lifts to hitchhikers.
  • Lock your car doors when driving, especially at night.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Avoid dimly lit streets at night just as you would in any major city.
  • Do not flash expensive photographic equipment in the streets.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your passport with you at all times.
  • Do not venture into any of the townships unless on a guided tour.
  • As they do elsewhere in the world, thieves operate at international airports, bus and railway stations. Keep your luggage with you at all times.
  • Do not give personal or financial account information details to anyone.


These are just the common precautions to be taken as you would anywhere nowadays…London, New York, Rio etc. Just be aware of your surroundings and enjoy them by being street smart.

Please remember that we have an IH 24hr emergency number 071-6809508 which you can call any time of the day and night.