Was at a supper club outing last night and ended up sitting with a very pleasant middle aged gent who has just come back to UK ( a JBurg guest house owner) to visit family for the summer. Please dont jump down my neck I am just reporting what he said and am trying not to feel worried! Am sure most of you would hopefully say he is very misguided!
Asked several questions in relation to our forthcoming trip!
1. Is the car jacking situation in KZN as bad as UK Media and Travel agents say?
We expected to be told "oh no" instead he said it was worse and proceeding to show us two scars on arms suffered in a car jacking and a mugging.
2. Is it safe to walk round with expensive camera gear in a rucksack?
Answer here was Definately not - the professional thieves suss out tourists in a moment and know their bags likely to contain expensive camera gear - just take a little compact.
3. Well we have spent a lot of time on trip advisor and it would seem to be a lot safer than you are saying?
Told - Well believe who you want but I would tell anyone than south africa is a lot more dangerous than it is made out to be and with your walking problems being obvious with the walking stick thats a prime target for mugger who will know you are not quick to move.
A real happy advertisement for the country - has someone upset him back in South Africa? He did say that he thought Jburg and KzN were the most dangerous areas for tourists and that he planned to relocate to Capetown on his return to SA!!Edited: 14 June 2010, 17:31