If you regularly watch the news, you may ask yourself if it is safe to travel in Southern Africa. These countries and South Africa in particular, do have a high crime rate due to economical segregation: big gaps between poor and rich, with almost no middle class. As a tourist, you should not come into direct contact with it. As long as you keep your wits about you and take advice from the locals, travelling in Southern Africa need be no riskier than in any other country.
As in many other countries, you should be wary when visiting big cities. Be aware that certain streets in major cities are better avoided and that you are, at times, better off driving as opposed to walking. The majority of your trip, however, will be spent in national parks and tourist destinations, which are generally very safe.
A few safety tips: