Is Cape Town safe for new travelers?
The capital of South Africa is the iconic city sitting on the cape between the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
Thousands of tourists reach this amazing city searching for something.
Many visit for the tourist attractions and points of outstanding natural beauty, others visit for business connections or world-class expositions.
This could be your chance to experience an African safari. Or, learn about the not-too-distant apartheid which sprung some iconic moments from human rights activist and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.
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How Safe is Cape Town?
Cape Town is a special case when it comes to city safety.
It is technically in a country rife with crime and poverty, but the city itself can be very safe with the necessary precautions taken into account.
Cape Town is the most popular city in South Africa, although crime statistics show that the city has the highest recorded rates of murder, robbery, and non-violent property-related crimes in the country.
With all the Eco-friendly destinations on offer, why would someone want to visit a city with this sort of reputation, you’re probably asking.
Despite the infamous reputation, Cape Town is still a popular tourist spot, which some may find surprising.
The whole of the general Western Cape region of South Africa is one of the most popular tourist spots in the whole African continent, as it received over 3 million visitors in 2019 alone.
Some parts of Cape Town’s city center, as well as the suburbs, are relatively safe; malls, business districts, and tourist areas have a high-security presence which will make tourists and visitors feel at ease.
The most unsafe you’ll feel is when confronted by street vendors trying to flog their tat.
We like to carry a Pacsafe (or an equivalent style backpack) when exploring cities like Cape Town to help conceal any valuables.
It’s Cape Flats – locally known as The Flats – that sees the most violence and crime. This is the area you should definitely look to avoid.
This sandy expanse to the southeast of the Central Business District is somewhere you’ll want to give a wide berth to.
Sadly, it’s been called “the apartheid dumping ground”.
The result of governmental neglect is the rising poverty & social problems. Gangs run this part of town as a result.