Cape Town,voted the World Design Capital of the World for 2014,I found these viewpoints about the city from individuals who visited Cape Town and are all from the same country in Europe.
"Having driven from the airport to Cape Town and passed mile upon mile of stinking shanties,who in their right mind would ever want to go to South Africa. My trip to Cape Town was to say the least,a death defying act as my possessions,including a very expensive camera,my passport and my wallet was relieved from my person by a group of armed thugs and after damaging my car so that it was undriveable,I was unable to get help.
Knowing what I now know about South Africa being the murder,rape and robbery capital of the world,I would never recommend Cape Town even to my worst enemy. There are far better and decent places elsewhere in the world you can go to without putting yours and your families lives at grave risk than booking a trip to South Africa..."
"I had the exact opposite experience in South Africa than the Londoner mentioned above in that I never felt in any danger whilst in the country and that despite the fact that I'm female and was travelling alone too. I found South African people to be extremely friendly and welcoming to their country.
The areas in Cape Town central and the airport are a bit dodgy,but because I was driving everywhere it wasn't that much of a concern for me. In fact parts of Glasgow,New York and Rio,where I've been in the past are a lot scarier than Cape Town,but I wouldn't tell people not visit Scotland,America or Brazil for that matter on basis of high crime in certain areas.
Camps Bay and the V&A in particular were very chilled out and unthreathening.Even in Soweto I didn't feel in any danger around it's central areas,even though I wouldn't hang around the same places when it gets dark.
Also where do the Londoner get his figures from about "South Africa being the murder,rape and robbery capital of the world"?Per capita there are more murders in Detroit and New Orleans and of the top 10 countries in the world for murder rates,excluding countries that are at war,most of them are in South and Central America,not Africa.
South Africa is not perfect and South Africans will be the first to admit that about their country and therefore they would advise visitors or anyone for that matter to take into account the risks in being in their country,but it's a real shame to discount the whole country,especially beautiful Cape Town,but on the criminals there are in that country."
"As a family man I might think twice now before going to Cape Town,but for childless adults Cape Town has to be one of the best places on earth for a short and varied break. There is something for everyone to do. Affordable luxury hotels,quality food and drink/wine tours/safaris/great white shark diving/penguins/table mountain decent/shopping/shanty township trips/sports events/culture-district six/night clubs/super models/arts & crafts/sun& sea/Robben Island tours.
Most of which don't require you planning too hard for and with just a 2hour time zone and comfy overnight flights. Security is a problem and I was aware of that,but all my drives trough Cape Town was made through the hotels(Mount Nelson and 12 Apostles)and you know I never had any problems whilst visiting there whatsoever. Great memories of Cape Town and the surrounding places."
So I guess we can't please everyone about what they think about South Africa hey!But we can't ignore the facts either... Reference: 1.tripadvisor.co.uk 2.The Guardian Newspaper.co.uk
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