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  1. Emmah Chihava

    Hey Kiki, from someone who has lived all her life and still leaves in South Africa I have to say thank you for this post it was very well balanced. Yes, the crime rate in South Africa is high but that doesn’t mean everyone who comes to South Africa would be robbed at gunpoint the most important thing is to be more careful when you are in a foreign country as a tour guide my job I deal with tourists every day and I am glad to say 99% of my clients love and enjoy exploring South Africa while feeling safe even when we do Soweto township tours and go back home without losing a hair strand not everything about Africa is a sad story actually 98% of us are happy, warm, funny we don’t stop smiling dispute our poverty. I really don’t mean to compare but doesn’t America has the highest gun violence in the world but does that stop people from exploring beautiful America, no I don’t think so.

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hi Emma! Thank you for sharing! I absolutely agree and yep, that’s a fair point to make.

  2. Marta

    What a great post! Thank you so much! I was wondering about “hiking in a group” thing, do you refer to whole SA or only the cities? My husband and I wanna go hiking in Drakensberg, do you think hiking with just the 2 of us isn’t a good idea? Thank you so much for your response

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hi Marta! I think hiking with the two of you is much better than going solo. However, I wasn’t the one to write this post, it was contributed by a South African local Natalie, of Tails of a Mermaid, so you may want to reach out to her!