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Is going to Cape Town for holiday really worth it?

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I have never been to South Africa, and I am thinking of planning a trip to Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. Though the bulk of my holiday will be in CP.

I will fly into all these cities, so I would not be driving to them.

But hearing all the usual stuff that I'm sure we have all heard: mugging, theft, harassment, car-jackings, rape, violent crime, etc. Is it actually worth it all?

I don't have to worry about those things for one moment in Goa, Phuket, or Latin America (not to the extent of South Africa).

I talked to a British friend who visited Cape Town sometime ago and he said that in every street corner there were police officers with White tourist writing up reports who have been victims of crime.

I like to enjoy my travels, and if this is the case where I can "have a good time, just be on high alert 24/7" then I'd rather go to New Zealand, India, Vietnam, etc.

And it is quite difficult getting answers from white South Africans because I think they allow national pride get in the way of unbiased analysis of the country.
There is this narrative amongst South Africans that "crime is everywhere, all around the world" they say. "You have to be safe anywhere you go."

But the vibe is definitely and noticeably different in South Africa I find, and so is a holiday really worth it when one can find similar experiences in other parts of the world.

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