Personal Safety

Your Health and Safety Guide

When visiting any major city, visitors should take certain health and safety precautions and Umhlanga Rocks is no different. To help make your visit to The Oyster Box as enjoyable as possible, here are some basic tips:

Health Tips

The tap (faucet) water in Uhmlanga Rocks is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. Should you require medical attention, facilities in Umhlanga Rocks and Durban are world-class, with an excellent network of both state and private hospitals. Ask our Concierge desk if you require medical services. With the KwaZulu-Natal’s warm sunny climate it is precautionary to wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm during the summer months.

Adults do not require any inoculations unless you're travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in the country. Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants.

No cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in South Africa. The South African government is confident of the systems and protocols that are in place to address any incidence of the virus.

Visitor Safety Tips

Avoid carrying large sums of money, carrying cameras or video cameras in plain sight and leaving your belongings unattended. Ask advice of the hotel staff or tourism centre officials on where to go after dark.

Try not to walk alone, and take special precautions at lonely lookout points, especially at dusk or after dark and do not allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs. At night, park in secure, well-lit areas.

To report any safety incident, call the following numbers:

  • All emergencies from your cell phone – 112
  • All emergencies from a landline – 107
  • South African Police Services (SAPS) – 10111
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