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1. Posted by Kaz01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I want to travelling around South Africa but everyone keeps telling me that I am crazy to do it alone. Is it safe to for girl to go travelling around these parts alone? I know Johannesburg is pretty dodgy but what about the rest?

Intially I was going to go on a tour but I like having my own freedom so I was thinking of using the Baz Bus. I travelled round Thailand and met loads of people along the way, and I was hoping it would be the same in South Africa?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

A girl of my university went for internship to South-Africa. She has been killed there, the school was in shock. I've heard more stories.....sorry,

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting wouterrr

A girl of my university went for internship to South-Africa. She has been killed there, the school was in shock. I've heard more stories.....sorry,

Wow, that's really terrible. Why was she killed? How?

I know when I was exploring different arrangements for my Southern Africa trip, I had talked to a TA, asking if could I save money by driving, instead of flying, from J-Burg to Kruger. She said she would only recommend doing it if I could do the entire journey during daylight. She felt it would be too dangerous if the car broke down at night, etc..

If I were a woman travelling alone, I think I'd head to Botswana or Namibia.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Wow, that's really terrible. Why was she killed? How?

She was found dead (by a gunshot) in the Tradauw pass, 180 km east of Cape Town. Her killer is found because he used her credit and sim card. She has met her killer in Cape Town a few days before. He killed here after she gave him a ride (she bought a car), probably because of her money.

5. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hey im all up for travelling alone - as im planning to do so myself, but you have to be really careful out in south africa-my housemate is a native south african and she has told me some of the scariest stories in the world-she ran someone over once because he was trying to hijack her car...

im not here to scare you and stop you doing something amazing but really think twice about being alone out there

6. Posted by beduicom (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

There is no reason at all not to travel alone in South Africa. Only that you need to take more precausion against whats mentioned above, and the casual street violence, then in other parts of the region. Especially remember not to walk alone after dark. In Cape Town, more or less everyone I know of that stayed there more then a month was robbed at knife point in the night. Because after a month, one tend to easen the restrictions put upon oneself, walk outside the safe areas etc. In Cape Town centre, only Long Street itself seems to be the safe place. It's enough to move one block away and you're robbed! So be carefull!

There should be no problem at all travelling with the local busses etc. Baz Bus is a total rip off because they're hilarously expensive as to what they should cost! Local bus is on top of that ten times more fun and more travelling because you meet local people. Baz bus is in one way the 21st century South African Apartheid! Because there are only pale people on it, except for the driver!

/C -snip-

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

7. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Hi!

I did South Africa on my own (mostly Cape Town). I did avoid J'berg though. I felt pretty safe - no worse than London. You just have to be that bit extra careful and make sure you don't go out alone at night. If you stay in a hostel you are sure to meet up with other lone travellers.

Amy