Is Cape Town, South Africa safe for American tourists?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    As long as you not try to flash US currency around too many places, walk in dodgy allies and advertise you are a tourist you will be just fine! Think of being in New York and then half that thought, that is Cape Town - really nice place.

    Your hotel will be able to advise you on good places to go to and if you can afford to get a driver to take you places you will be more than just a great experience. Tourists, not only Americans, get wacked because they go to places they would not even think in their own countries and secondly they believe their nationalities are superior to those from different continents - something some of them pay a dear price for in the end.

    If you wish to do the "tourist" image thing, backpack, sport shoes and a map, then just stay in public areas and always be observant to your surroundings - human nature to know you messed up and you are not where you are supposed to be.

    Enjoy it - Cape Town is really fantastic - even for Americans!

  • 1 decade ago

    Pretty much everywhere is if you have a good head on your shoulders.

    Be aware of safety threats- don't be paranoid, but pay attention to what happens around you and lock the doors- do not leave valubles in visible places and such.

    It's pretty much just the basics...

    Cape Town is a wounderful place, I'm sure you'll love it.

    Source(s): South African since birth.
  • 4 years ago

    Cape city is honestly risk-free. that's certainly controlled and has a tremendous police stress. like something of SA it has its threat spots such because of the fact the townships . while you're on the V&A waterfront you're starting to be a tremendous risk-free time. Seapoint has been cleansed of crime. Camps Bay is a ask your self. The seashores mild in assessment to Durban yet are sparkling and risk-free. spectacular wine routes and Afrikaans historic sites are ample. persons are additionally usually friendly and powerful. tremendous identifying to purchase shops and resorts are additionally risk-free places. do not complication donning a bullet information vest as those are generally reserved for extremely nicely suited wing Whites who yearn to return to Apartheid.

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    1 decade ago

    It is, just don't go to the townships, and don't walk around town after dark, unless you are in a group.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have been there twice in the last 3 yrs and never had a problem.

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