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General personal safety in Cape Town: Transport
Posted September 17th, 2008 - 8:52 am by from Odessa, United States (Permalink)
Hi,

Jocelyn suggested we set up something along the lines of this group to inform visitors of that which is and is not safe to engage in in Cape Town.

Most times Cape Town's reputation precedes what is actually experienced by the locals on a day-to-day basis. Other times, visitors and locals underestimate safety concerns.

[PLEASE SAY IF YOU DISAGREE - WE'RE TRYING TO GET VERY SPECIFIC INFO FOR EACH SECTION, IN ORDER TO GIVE A GENERAL IDEA]

I'd say most of the city bowl (Gardens, Bo-Kaap, The Foreshore, The Parade, Lower Woodstock) is generally easy to walk through during the day, even on your own.

Taxi's (minibuses) are completely safe if you know how to use them, so maybe the first few times go with a friend/local until you feel confident enough to use it alone during the day.
Private taxi's are pricey but safe all time of the day.

Posted September 17th, 2008 - 9:10 am from Cape Town, South Africa
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Posted September 17th, 2008 - 4:52 pm by from Odessa, United States (Permalink)
eh... i myself am still climbing out of the techno-tarded bin, so at the moment i know how to copy/paste links.
http://www.couchsurfing.com/group_read.html?gid=1425&post=1369964
voila!



Posted September 17th, 2008 - 5:36 pm from Cape Town, South Africa
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Posted January 24th, 2011 - 7:54 am by from London, England (Permalink)
I have lived in Cape Town for over 22 years and have not encountered crime.

Cape Town is home to 3-5 million people (depending on how you categorise the surrounding areas), so like any large city, crime would naturally exist, but no where near the extent that people/media portray. Most of the crime in the city takes place in the outskirts which form the informal settlements - however just like no tourist would visit Harlem in NYC, you should not explore areas such as the Cape Flats / Khayelitsha / Nyanga. Furthermore, Cape Town's geography is not like that of tight European cities - you would literally have to drive 25-30 minutes from the city centre to encounter those areas - so don't fear about stumbling upon them by mistake.

The last time I encountered crime was in Rome, Italy.

As for the minibus taxi's, I can not personally comment on them I own a car - however I have met a few young travelers that used them without problems. That said, they cater to low income local - so don't expect it to be comfortable. Most tourist hire vehicles as it is relatively inexpensive, especially in a group. Fuel costs in Cape Town are roughly half/two thirds that of Europe/UK.