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Old 03-13-2018, 10:53 AM
 
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Huh
Not a big deal, but I was sarcastically referring to the other guys post about "get advice from South Africans living in South Africa"...as far as I know, you may be the only other poster here from South Africa so then the this thread in particular, and maybe the Africa forum in general, would not get any activity at all.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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Not a big deal, but I was sarcastically referring to the other guys post about "get advice from South Africans living in South Africa"...as far as I know, you may be the only other poster here from South Africa so then the this thread in particular, and maybe the Africa forum in general, would not get any activity at all.
Oh right, thanks for clarifying. I picked up the sarcasm part but seemed like it was aimed at me so I was a bit confused as to why
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:41 PM
 
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Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world last year so calling SA dangerous and saying Mexico is ludicrous. SA is as beautiful as you can get in the world. Stay in tourist areas unlike Mexico which cartels have already killed people in Cancun and vow to do more
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:08 PM
 
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Cape Town most certainly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, if you have the opportunity to visit you really should. I lived there for 15 years, and was back for a visit in July 2017.


A few points:


1) I could not with a clear conscience encourage solo hiking for a woman anywhere in SA, but particularly in Cape Town. It really is dangerous. There are plenty of hiking clubs and groups, or go to a reputable climbing store like Camp and Climb and ask.


2) Some beaches are fine, some are not. Ask the locals about specific beaches.


3) One of the things my SA friends always point out is that every thing I wear stands out. People know your clothes, shoes, purse, etc. is not from SA, so although you may tone things down you just will stand out, especially when you speak. If you have traveled and have street smarts you will be fine.
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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I traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town as a single traveler (male) last year and never once did I feel threatened or unsafe.
Yes, I know there is lots of crime in both cities and I would not recommend going off on your own, hiking, etc. When I was in Cape Town a French tourist was mugged wandering around alone in Bo Kaap.

Take group day tours and stay in the V&Q Waterfront area in Cape Town (plenty of security walking around). And don't miss seeing a wonderful city like Cape Town.

As for beaches there are wonderful scenic beaches in Cape Town, but it was Feb. and I was told the water would be too cold for swimming.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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Does South Africa's rape epidemic affects female tourists?
They rape anything from infants over there.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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You'll be fine to go do these things during the day. It's really not as bad as people make it out to be The dangers are more likely to come when you're wondering down a dark street late at night. Or possibly walking alone on the beach (although I think it's more common in Durban to get mugged on the beach)

But you shouldn't have any problems doing anything alone on the list I posted

With regards to Kruger National Park. There's nothing to worry about there either, it's very rare that people get hurt by the animals and if they do it's because they did something stupid.
You will be fine to do these things alone, just be sensible. Uber is a safe way to get around Cape Town. I would recommend that over car hire, and definitely don't catch a mini bus taxi.

Planning a safari should be a must. Safety wise, as said above there is nothing to worry about. It is very rare that people get hurt. There are many different parks to choose from, not just Kruger. I would book a guided drive though. Look at Addo Elephant Park.

It is an exceptionally beautiful country, filled with the friendliest people you will come across!
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Wow...how time flies.

This thread is old but I came back to let everyone know that I did visit the Seychelles and it was amazing.

Sadly I did not get to include Cape Town as part of this visit. I was going to celebrate my 40th birthday and my best friend that joined me really wanted to see Dubai which was where we had a layover. So I turned the trip into a Dubai/Seychelles trip instead of Seychelles/Cape Town (spending most of the time in the Seychelles).

I figured that even with two weeks, I should just simply save Cape Town for another time and hopefully when I do finally get there I can also do the Garden Route. I will be sure to come back to this thread to look back on all of the helpful suggestions!

Sharing some clips from the Seychelles portion of our trip below:
https://youtu.be/xT3BiPtoMjg
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:12 PM
 
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Definitely no need to go on a tour to visit RSA. I have crossed paths with several women alone in CT, and the drill is usually they meet up with others at the hostel or place they stay. One can do day trips from CT with ease so no problem. Again you can hire a car with others and share costs.


Plenty to do in CT at night. Just ensure you get a taxi after dark, if any distance at all from lodgings, don't attempt to walk.


Its a great city and country. Crime is certainly an issue, but usually tourists are not impacted. Beaches in CT proper are too cold to swim for most people. Do not go to some of the isolated beaches alone.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:16 PM
 
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Wow...how time flies.

This thread is old but I came back to let everyone know that I did visit the Seychelles and it was amazing.

Sadly I did not get to include Cape Town as part of this visit. I was going to celebrate my 40th birthday and my best friend that joined me really wanted to see Dubai which was where we had a layover. So I turned the trip into a Dubai/Seychelles trip instead of Seychelles/Cape Town (spending most of the time in the Seychelles).

I figured that even with two weeks, I should just simply save Cape Town for another time and hopefully when I do finally get there I can also do the Garden Route. I will be sure to come back to this thread to look back on all of the helpful suggestions!

Sharing some clips from the Seychelles portion of our trip below:
https://youtu.be/xT3BiPtoMjg
Just noticed your update. Glad to enjoyed Seychelles. Some decent beaches, I recall, but some harassment of women by some of the 'beach boys' as well when I was there but that was more than twelve years ago.


CT, worth doing.(one of my favourite cities) Garden Route, is safe and very attractive scenery.
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