As soon as you begin to travel in SA, you will notice that all properties have security. Dogs, night guards, locking gates, and/or full fences are the norm; even for the most basic backpackers hostel.
The Outspan Inn was notable for having none of those things.
Lest you think this meant it was safe; we were robbed at knifepoint, the three thugs threatened to murder us and took only our cash. This was on the busiest street in town in broad daylight at the entrance to a very nice resort.
Even more disturbing to me the Outspan Inn's owner's reaction. Barry and Kathryn said there had NEVER been a single crime in Port St Johns before.
That is an outright lie and I am stunned that they said this to me. Google Port St Johns and you will see that not only is robbery common, it is out of control. Entire restaurants have been surrounded and every patron robbed. Tourists have been MURDERED. Not just once, a man was murdered last week and his wife critically injured as the approached the bridge.
AVOID Port St Johns. The violence can happen even when you willingly give up your money. There seems to be true resentment of tourists by some young Pondo men and the seem to take pleasure in inflicting fear and violence.
The most disturbing