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  1. Remy

    While I generally love your posts, I must say, also being born in South Africa, being a victim of crime and having a ton of family and friends living there still – that this post seems to undermine the actual state of the country itself. It has one of the highest crime rates in the world (average of 50 murders a day). While yes, most tourists visit and have no issues, I think it’s naive to say it’s dangerous to walk at night anywhere in the world. There are many places in the world where safety is hardly a concern and South Africa is definitely not one of them. It’s a beautiful country and should be explored, but visitors should be aware that crime is a huge factor there.

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hi Remy, thanks for sharing your view. Since I’ve only been living there for a couple of years, that’s why I had a local create this guest post to share what her view is of the country. I do agree that it should be explored, but visitors should do their research before visiting and understand the climate of crime, but that it’s also not all bad!

  2. Capt Billy

    Though I appreciate your advice here you are ignoring readily available data when you seem to be attempting to compare the safety of travel in South Africa with “any big city”. South Africa has a crime rate about 8 times higher than the USA, which is itself about 10 times higher than most EU countries. So telling prospective travelers to South Africa that just a few precautions will make them safe simply flies in the face of reality.

    South Africa is very dangerous, objectively, way more dangerous than anyplace most travelers will have ever been.

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hey there! Thanks for sharing. This post was contributed by a South African local to give her perspective on safety.