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Safety for Asian travellers

by blissss18

Hi, I plan to do a self drive from Cape town to a game reserve near Port Elizabeth, overnighting in Oudtshoorn, Knysna & Storms River along the way. I will travelling with my wife and 6 year old boy.

We are Chinese so can be easily identified as tourists. The fact that we are Chinese and travelling with a young child make us obvious targets. We have been hearing lots of horror stories about crimes in South Africa (Cape town included).

Any opinions on safety in Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and along garden route would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Re: Safety for Asian travellers

by canuck68

Hi. I am not a South African but I think I can say with certainty that there are Asians living in South Africa. Unless you carry camera everwhere or wear lots of jewellry, you won't be obvious tourists or obvious targets. I think though that your question would be better served by someone who lives in South Africa.
I do think though that the areas you mention are safe unless you travel at night.

Re: Safety for Asian travellers

by JohanIsWeg

South Africa has a sizeable Taiwanese population, so ethnic Chinese do not necessarily stand out as tourists. I don't really think that is an issue, though. Criminals will target anyone if they have the opportunity and they perceive them to be a "soft" target. Research basic crime prevention strategies and implement them to minimise your risk of falling victim to crime.
When driving, don't leave valuables in full view of pedestrians (they may just smash the window to grab a handbag or camera); don't stop to assist "broken-down" cars or "injured" pedestrians in remote areas; travel during the day; make sure both your departure and arrival destinations are aware of your itinerary and expected arrival time; keep a safety distance between your car and the vehicle in front when stationary (so you have room to escape in an emergency); don't display obvious items of wealth on your person; remain vigilant when stopping at a traffic-controlled intersection.
These are only a few safety hints, which worldly travellers may employ to safeguard themselves.

Re: Safety for Asian travellers

by anton64

You being Chinese is irrelevant. If you follow Johan's good advice you'll be fine and I am positive you'll have a great time.

Re: Safety for Asian travellers

by Gerald_D

As Chinese, you will attract zero special attention unless you are wearing ethnic costumes and dragon heads! LOL

The route you are travelling is full of tourists and actually quite relaxing. When our daughter (24) travels that route we are quite relaxed as parents.

There is really no need for the feeling that you will be "obvious targets" because you are a young asian family. You will only be an obvious target if you display wealth that can easily be taken from you.

Travel Tips for Cape Town


by LysDor

The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River and especially the areas of Somerset West, Stellenbosch (the oldest wine route), Franschhoek and Paarl , have become world famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. They are only away from a 30 minutes drive from Cape Town.

For those who would like to venture further afield the Wellington, Worcester, Robertson, Tulbagh and Klein Karoo wine areas are just as enticing, each with their own special appeal.

There are also the Swartland and Olifantsriver wine routes to visit on the West Coast.

The Constantia and Durbanville Wine Routes are situated within the Cape Peninsula.

Walker Bay vineyards near Hermanus also offer two interesting wine estates.

Stay cool...

by JackiKasner

Well, I love Ice Skating. We've got a lovely Olimpic size Ice Rink, still pretty new. It is great to spend time with your mates there and to have a laugh. Dress warmly!!! After all, it is an Ice Rink. You can hire skates from the rink if you do not have your own.



Sadly, the scars of the republic's terrible history run deep. Apartheid allowed whites to reserve some of the world's most spectacular real estate, and the contrast between poverty stricken Crossroads and ritzy Clifton remains - black and white. And yet you simply must visit the ever growing Cape Flats townships to truly understand this city and to glimpse its future. Not everything you see will appall you. On the contrary, it's arguable that a stronger sense of optimism and pride are found in the shacks of Khayelitsha than in the mansions of Tamboerskloof.

Black Taxis

by jo104

Be warned when people speak of black taxis in South Africa they do not mean reputable black cabs as in London.

These taxis are usually beaten up minibuses which hold maybe 12 people but they cram 20+ inside. I heard of a case where the driver was steering the car with a lead pipe.

Someone hangs out of the sliding door yelling destinations whilst the driver cuts up everyone in his path, hand on the horn. Not suprising there are many accidents and fatalitys involving black taxis.

To be avoided at all costs I think its fair to say.

Jazz, food and cocktails

by nichole_521 about Dizzy Jazz Cafe

We enjoyed eating at Dizzy's in Camps Bay. They serve seafood, pizzas (Rona was my favorite) and vegetarian options. There is often a jazz band. It has a casual atmosphere, shorts/jeans will be fine. The Rona pizza, chicken, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.


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