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Old 03-03-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Northeast (CT to be exact)
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I'm interested in traveling to South Africa (and staying in the Cape Town area, around Medburn Road, Camps Bay). If you are familiar with this area, please advise as to whether this is an ok tourist spot for a black American. Also, how is the weather in early April?

I'm not very familiar with the racial issues occurring throughout Cape Town. Before I (and my family member) book our vacation, I want to be sure that it's ok.

The accommodations look great, but I'm particularly interested in your insight, if you live in Cape Town or are familiar with the general area and racial climate.

Thanks!!
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I think you might be referring to the Xenophobia of other African nationals in South Africa?

From my understanding, it mostly has to do deal with economics...people from Nigeria, Mozambique, etc. are starting businesses and looking for jobs in South Africa, and competing with other lower-skilled South Africans....who see them as potentially taking money away from local South Africans. This is happening in some of the poorest townships.

(I'm a white American who spent time in South Africa and also went to Camps Bay)....so take in mind I'm probably not the demographic (neither black, nor South African)....that you are looking for. But Camps Bay has everyone, as does all the tourist areas in and around Cape Town - black, white, tourists, wealth, poverty.

But, from a tourist perspective, there is a lot of security in South Africa. THere is also a lot of crime in South Africa. The complexity of racial relations were...just complex. But, general tourist advice....I rented a car, and along the coast its fine...really beautiful. But, certain parts of Cape Town, Cape Flats in particular, there are quite a few frequent 'Smash and Grab' areas...basically intersections along major roads, where you'll see a lot of people mulling about, with the large warning signs of it being a 'smash and grab' area, if they've had a lot of incidents there. If you see one, you'll probably see more, so best to turn around and get back out the same way, before you get deeper into it.

You can also see/feel the disparity of wealth, and it is generally very strong along color lines. Most wealthy areas are predominately white, and most poverty areas are almost entirely black. But, I definitely saw well-off black...and I saw the opposite of dirt poor white living in the squalor parts, or holding a begging sign...the entire country is just complex racially.

If your main #1 concern was about white racism against a black family. I can't really comment, as I just don't know.

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Old 03-04-2017, 12:43 AM
 
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Camps Bay is a pretty wealthy area that's made up primarily of wealthy and tourist people so you should be fine

As Tiger mentioned, the racial issues are complex but long story short is you'll be fine. The Xenophobic attacks are more found in the townships and they don't often affect tourists.

Weather wise Cape Town is mythical beast so it's hard to say Generally April should still be warm with the winter rains only hitting more June/July.

One thing to note for if you visit - we're in a severe drought so please use water sparingly. We literally have countdown boards along the highway of how many DAYS of water we have left.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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Tiger Beer was spot on as far as being a tourist in Cape Town. I was there as a tourist back in 2014 and the only color that mattered as a tourist was the color of my money(I'm black). Cape Town has a very sophisticated tourist circuit and they ensure that their golden goose is well taken care of. Camps Bay feels and looks like Santa Barbara lite. You will not feel unsafe there at all. Even downtown Cape Town is OK during the day and Long Street is lively at night kinda like San Diego Gaslamp quarter. I would venture to say that the racial climate is only relevant to people who live there, not for a tourist on a short trip. You will experience Cape Town in a tourist bubble, well insulated(and isolated) from any of the real and perceived racial issues there so go fourth and have a good time.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:06 AM
 
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Next year I want to visit the Kruger via Jo'Burg, and then Sta Lucia ont he Kwazulu / Natal coast, are there security issues on that circuit ?
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:15 AM
 
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Next year I want to visit the Kruger via Jo'Burg, and then Sta Lucia ont he Kwazulu / Natal coast, are there security issues on that circuit ?
I went to Kruger from Jo-Burg.....the highways/freeways across are just fine. Beautiful even. No security issues.

Kruger, try to stay inside the Nat'l Park. It's beautiful and interesting inside, and not too expensive either...no more than staying in hotels outside of the Nat'l Park. I didn't feel security concerns either....definitely not inside the national park.

I never went to Sta Lucia on the Kwazulu / Natal coast...so not so sure about that part.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:18 AM
 
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thank you, "dankie" , Tiger
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