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What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

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What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

We are coming to South Africa in early June and will be staying on Derwent Road in the Tamboerskloof area in Cape Town. We will have a car to do daytrips. I know that every city in the world has areas that you do not want to go near. I know what areas in US cities to avoid ie: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. I live in Houston and there are many areas I do not go near because of crime. Can some of the Cape Town experts tell me what specific areas of Cape Town do you stay away from due to crime?

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1. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Lyn

Khayeliitsha

Philippi

Delft

Mitchells Plain

Nyanga

Gugulthu

Langa

Hanover Park

Voorburg

Mfuleni

Blue Downs

Rylands

Imizamo Yethu

Hagley

Killarney Gardens

Dunoon

Athlone

Ikwezi Park

Browns Farm

Grassy Park

Lotus River

Portlands

Eastridge

Tafelsig

Masiphumelele

There are great people who live in all these areas. I would and have travelled into and through many of them but I would not advise a tourist to go there other than with a person from that locality.

I hope I have not offended anyone with this list.

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2. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Thanks again, CdV. I have been reading about the Cape Flats in my South Africa Lonely Planet. Are any of these areas in the Cape Flats?

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3. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

You might find the following of interest -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Flats

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4. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

To Macsym and VdC,

Thanks again for the information. It was exactly what I was seeking. Lynn

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5. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Lynn - a very sensible post. Crime is rife in SA, but it really is the most beautiful country. Really all one needs is to be aware of the not so great areas and to be generally savvy about lonely areas at night and stuff. We, as residents, need to be honest about the situation as well, and give people as much advice as possible. I read a few months ago about there being no crime in Soweto in Johannesburg! The poster was told they could go anywhere in Soweto, day or night. I was furious as it's very irresponsible advice. Your post should be used as a sticky, it's a very useful one. Enjoy your stay in our lovely land! :)

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6. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Thanks, Mamakudu. You are right. If someone was visiting Houston, I would advise them of certain areas to avoid due to crime, but that doesn't mean that Houston is a crime-ridden city that is unsafe. I have the same issue with people not being honest about crime in certain areas of their cities. It seems to happen on many of the forums.

Knowing these facts does not at all diminish our desire and excitement for visiting South Africa. I know too many people who rave about the beauty and graciousness of the country and people. What is the old saying "knowledge is power"? I only want to be able to navigate a new city armed with accurate information.

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7. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Very sensible. Have a great trip!

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8. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

"Lyn

Khayeliitsha

Philippi

Delft

Mitchells Plain

Nyanga

Gugulthu

Langa

Hanover Park

Voorburg

Mfuleni

Blue Downs

Rylands

Imizamo Yethu

Hagley

Killarney Gardens

Dunoon

Athlone

Ikwezi Park

Browns Farm

Grassy Park

Lotus River

Portlands

Eastridge

Tafelsig

Masiphumelele"

Is that all? Sounds like a really safe city :)

Sorry, coudn't resist, I'd just finished your comments on the previous post...

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9. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Bolero200.

Your comments are not helpful.

Enough has been said on the issue of safety in SA.

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10. Re: What specific areas of Cape Town should we stay away from?

Probably would have been easier to list the

safe areas.

Are there any?