Wellllll....South Africa isn't quite 3rd world, more like 2 and a bit
However, there are poverty-stricken areas where you will get some amazing experience. A word of warning though; many people come to SA expecting lions and leopards prowling around backyards and hyenas upending rubbish bins. The only predators you will see in South African towns and cities are the human variety, and they are considerably more dangerous than any representatives from the animal kingdom!
Please be very
aware, or should I say wary, especially given that there tends to be a spike in crime over the summer season which is approaching now. Tourists abound from December to February and the criminal element is in
its element. Never stray from your group-all predators seek the grazer cut out from the herd. Never leave your belongings unguarded, in fact don't bring any valuables with you! Don't carry a lot of cash, and if you use a credit card, make sure it's one of the smart cards that require a pin number.
Be very observant in practising your standard precautions. And have your TB resistance checked ASAP, if you haven't already done it. TB is at epidemic levels in South Africa.
And er.... you probably know about the HIV prevalence, which is why I warn you about the standard precautions. But er.... to be on the even safer side, don't have sex with any
South Africans, wait till you get home....