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1. Posted by JLav (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys! I am planning to go to South Africa in October/November. I would like to ask thouse who'ce been/lived there for some info. I am not going to ask about where I should go or what should I see, or how to get from point A to B.
I would like to know your opinion on travelling around SA as a solo female. Also about camping, hitchiking and driving around. Are roads busy? Is it easy to find help if your car breaks?
Is it easy to find accommodation in remotenplaces?

And most importantly 'little secrets' as I call them. Something enexpected you've discovered, experienced, did. Place of interest, activity or else :)

All help is much appreciated :)

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 593 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We were there for just a couple of nights at the end of our trip a year ago. We stayed in a backpackers in Soweto and it was a brilliantly unforgettable experience. We walked round the area visiting historic landmarks from the apartheid era and the locals were wonderful - definitely recommended.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3771 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I went to South Africa on my own and had no issues whatsoever, nor did I ever feel uneasy. I was advised not to walk around alone at night in Cape Town so I didn't; during the day it was absolutely fine though. I spent a few days in and around Cape Town on my own and then did a 5 day tour along the Garden Route with a company called Bok Bus which was excellent.

4. Posted by Lynne Hamman (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I would never recommend hitchhiking as a solo female
It is just not safe

Camping- is ok if you camp in a designated camping area

Driving at night is a no no- the roads are busy (especially with long haul trucks) and drink drivers there are plenty of

Keep your car doors locked at all times, and do not place valuables on car seats were they are visible
Keep rather in locked boot of car

I lived most of my adult life in South Africa (Cape Town) so I speak with experience of the problems, without meaning to scare you..........just be very aware all the time
Its a really beautiful country and the people are friendly. t may be a good idea if you can find a travel mate. Regarding cars breaking down- There is a service called AA (Automobile Association) I suggest that you register with them

Both my son and daughter travelled around on the Baz Bus which is cheap, popular and safe

5. Posted by Traveleering (Inactive 10 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

In October/November month weather is pleasant in South Africa.
I love the beach close to CapeTown. La Splendia is perfect place to spend time.