Safety Tips for Tourists

Health Tips:

  • Although you can drink Grahamstown's tap (faucet) water if in doubt drink bottled water which is easily available.
  • Grahamstown has good doctors and dentists in the event of a medical emergency.
  • It is best to wear a hat and sunscreen during the day in summer and keep an anorak or light jacket handy when temperatures fluctuate as it has been said that Grahamstown experiences all 4 seasons in a day. Our July winters can be freezing. 
  • Grahamstown and surrounds have no malaria or bilharzia.


Makana Tourism regrets that it cannot offer:

  • Financial assistance
  • Replacement of stolen items
  • Insurance or legal advice


Out and about in Grahamstown/Makana and Frontier Country:

  • Make a copy of your ID document and keep it in the safe at your hotel or BnB.
  • Don’t carry more money that you intend to spend during the day or wear a discrete money belt.
  • Be alert when withdrawing money from an ATM.
  • Plan your route beforehand so that you don’t have to check a map on the street.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Walk purposefully and confidently.
  • Keep to populated areas and avoid deserted streets at night especially if you are alone.
  • Avoid taking short-cuts through deserted areas/parks/trails down Gun Fire Hill, particularly after dark.
  • Mind your belongings especially in crowded areas. Use a bag with a strap that loops over your head and goes across your body.
  • Don’t bring attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery or by showing fancy cameras/luggage.
  • If you are renting a car make sure it is in good working order and check that windows and doors work properly before you leave the rental premises.
  • Drive with your doors locked.
  • Never leave luggage or valuables visible inside a parked car or attached to a roof rack.
  • Park in well-lit areas at night and ask your accommodation provider if they have secure parking facilities.
  • If you are travelling on to a remote area inform somebody where you are going.
  • Camp in approved sites only and never pitch a tent in an open space or public area.



Grahamstown Emergency Numbers:


AA RESCUE 0800 111 997

DAY HOSPITAL 046 622 3033

DENTIST 046 622 8503

ELECTRICITY & WATER 046 603 6000

FIRE BRIGADE 046 622 4444 / 046 622 2923

LOCKSMITH 082 556 9975

PHARMACY 082 077 0040

POLICE 046 603 9152 / 046 603 9111

SAFE HOUSE 082 374 0937