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Great Site, but no-one seems to be going to South Africa

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1. Posted by mackers100 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

38year old gal .. due to travel to Capetown, Garden Route, Stellenbosch..flexible after that in March 2005 (also flexible there) ...travel companion has let me down so will have to travel alone..don't really want to....I'm very easy going and flexible and want a bit of adventure ...want to soak in that wonderful looking country..but would feel a hell of a lot safer if there was someone out there to share and for us to keep tabs on one another..whadda reckon, anyone up for it?

2. Posted by traveler22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

22 y/o guy here from New York, might be heading down to S.A. in December/ January. Iwas actually thinnking of going along that same route, ( I guess everyone does!), looking for people to travel with.

3. Posted by mackers100 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Thanks a bunch for your mail...I'm now deferring my trip till Sept 05...I'm getting great feedback on Capetown and although you may think it is the same ol route everyone goes, it definitely sounds like the safest. here are some tips one travel advisor gave me, hope you find them helpful

take care

Mary
Travelling alone in Cape Town. It can be done but one has to be really careful where you go to.

It pays not to advertise that you are a tourist. Look like a local, keep your camera and any jewellery out of sight when walking in the streets.

Day time is ok but at night it could be a problem especially in CT itself. There are lots of street children about and they roam about in gangs.

There are plenty of daytime tours taking you all over the Peninsula and on these you will meet many fellow travellers. The destinations are pretty safe as well.

Townships should only be visited on a guided tour with other travellers otherwise stay away from them.

The Garden route is pretty safe . How will you be travelling? You can hire cars or take the greyhound bus service which leaves from the CT station

You can contact me directly if you like. Contact details are on my website at
http://www.turtlesa.com

4. Posted by pcobrien (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Hey Mackers - I spent 1 1/2 months in S. Africa last Fall travelling on my own. And absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone. I never felt threatened or unsafe. The best piece of advice I received was to buy a ticket for the Baz Bus. And pick up the accommodation guide that goes with it (the guide is free). You can pick the bus up in Cape Town and it goes all the way up the Garden Route to Jo'burg and also through Swaziland. It's a hop-on-hop-off service and pretty much door-to-door as well. They even have a website you could check out - www.bazbus.com

As with any foreign cities - take extra care with personal belongings and especially in the cities of S. Africa, don't venture downtown after dark.

Happy travels!