The England international will be protected by tough South African police when he lands in Cape Town, a city that has an alarmingly high murder rate.
Beckham will be in Cape Town to promote England's 2018 World Cup bid and despite the fact he usually keeps a low profile, will have plenty of security with orders of shoot to kill if any trouble arises.
"He's always tried to appear low-key about security issues in public," said a Beckham aide.
"But this is going to be different. He knows he's going to a dangerous place and accepts he needs the kind of security usually afforded to a visiting head of state."