Hello fellow TA'ers!
My husband and I are starting to plan our first trip to Africa. We are very early in the planning stages but in addition to visiting South Africa are also thinking visiting: Zambia, Namibia or Mozambique. Number of locations will depend on how much time we can take off from work this time around!
Ever since we have began talking about Africa with our family and friends we have been hearing the expected comments/questions about the safety of travelling there. Including friends/coworkers who live or have lived in South Africa. I don't feel like it is an unsafe destination but when I say that people look at me like I'm a crazy person.
I've read a bunch of TA forum topics on the subject and it would seem most people feel it is a safe destination for travelers. But why the bad rep?
Here are some specific questions, hope you all can pipe in and drown out the negative opinions!
1. Are there any concerns about driving within S. Africa on our own? Ie. renting a car to see the various parts of the country we are interested in? We are not fans of tour-groups. We will be staying with friends in CapeTown but would like to travel from there to see other parts of the country.
2. Are there areas of S.A. that are un-safe? I don't mean bad neighbourhoods in large cities, I mean are there places/regions/cities in general a tourist should avoid?
3. Of the other countries listed, does anyone have any knowledge to share about tourist safety? I am going to post in those forums as well but they don't seem to have as many regular participants as this forum :)
As mentioned, we are experience travelers and we like to blend in as much as possible. We do not bring valuables on trips, walk around with cameras around our necks, wander with maps in-hand, etc.
Please help me silence the nay-sayers. Any and all feedback will be appreciated :)