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Is it dangerous to travel SA alone?

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1. Posted by phatwilly (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Im hoping to get on the road in SA this coming february, alone of course, but hoping to meet people along the way.
My family is concerned that SA is too dangerous to travel in alone.
Does anyone have any input on this?
Thanks!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Actually, it depends on where you want to go, but in general it certainly is not dangerous to travel in SA. Maybe Guyana as a country and some places in Colombia are no go areas, but other countries are safe. Of course that does not mean that you need to take some safety precautions in cities like Sao Paulo, Lima, La Paz or Caracas. Don't step into taxis that are offered to you for example in Bolivia, there have been some problems over there, but really it is negligible.
For the rest, it's just ok, and of course if something is stolen from you, I don't consider that dangerous, but more something of the side effect of travelling, it's always possible.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2007, at 8:22 AM by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Utrecht is right; if you have some sense and exercise some caution, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Search the forum; there's a large number of threads available that touch on the subject.

4. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

I travelled with my b'friend and i don't think i would have managed it on my own and i have travelled alot alone but SA i think i would have been nervous all the time, but i did meet girls and guys who were travelling alone, so depends what type of person you are i guess, i certainly won;t do it but hey that's just my opinion

5. Posted by hiknalways (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Stay alert as in all places, don't keep large amounts of cash as in all places, don't go out alone at night, take usual precautions...

and NO, it is not unsafe... you will be just fine...

go and have fun!

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

I travell alone since years,
Panama,Peru,Ecuador,Chile,Uruguay,Argentinien,Venezuela.

I would recommend:
book a hostal/Hotel for 1 or 2 nights in advance,use the pick up service most of them offer,so you are sure you end up safe at the place of your joice.

in some aireports like Santiago and Lima there are counters where you can book a microbus or taxi to your destinations.Hostals/Hotels have mostly a taxi business the work together,ask them.

ask where you can walk safe,lissen good,read between the lines!
ask different people about it,like the cleaning women,because a women will see it different then the young men at the reception.

dont tell everybody that you travel alone!
I tell always that my husband and son are waiting for me and that I be
late and that I have spend all my mony.
all other things are said by the other posters,like dont walk dark streets,dont hang out to long and dont accept drinks.
Be carefull If you go to use ATM,lokk around and if you have the feeling that some "strange"people are in the aerea,go inside the bank to get some money.I do it this way,dont like to withdraw money outside.
you know,travelling alone means also that you have to take care of only for yourself and not for somebody else.travelling with an other person could also mean that both of you think the other one takes care and then...
wish you safe travelling,
Marlis