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@@dinkdunk Your'e absolutely right about Kenya. We'll all agree that there are places in South Africa where crime is horrendous,but tourist areas

are quite safe.

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Yeah, the USA is really quite safe despite what you hear from politicians and news coverage.

 

While we have a lot of guns in comparison to other countries, suicide tops the list of firearm related deaths.

 

As far as Kenya goes, you're much more likely to die in a traffic accident or from Malaria than violence. It appears to be about on par with the USA as far as violence related deaths go.

 

South Africa is another story - violent crime is pretty bad there. And N=1, I know, but I wandered around Cape Town on vacation with two other women about 4 years ago with no issues. Be smart about where/when you go out.

 

worldlifeexpectancy.com

 

 

Great points about traffic accidents....reality is the most dangerous thing my wife and I did last year was probably getting in a cab at 9:30pm outside the Nairobi airport and being transported to the Giraffe Manor.

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That is my point about South Africa like everywhere is safe in many places. It's quite rare that tourists are the victims of violent crimes. I noticed myself

when I was last in Saxonwald, a beautiful suburb of Johannesburg that the risk of home invasion had fallen considerably. This was seen in the trial of Oscar

Pistorius that the compound where he lived was a fortress. He lived in a compound with 12 feet tall electrified fences, cctv. and guards who were armed with automatic

rifles.

There is a reason why almost 100% of business and homes in South Africa are behind steel bars, gates and barbed wire.

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Thank you for the responses. If it's anywhere as safe as Dayton or other cities mentioned, I'm more than fine. But, like I said folks who've lived there and here were advising me how unsafe it is. I am glad you guys chimed in, as I do feel better.

I never worry about this, but my wife got a ear full from our relatives who've lived there over Christmas. She is a scardy cat and I of course reassured here. This report made me doubt it. Thanks!

@@Gilgamesh Also going in September. Will just be as sensible in Kenya as we are here in sleepy Cornwall and anywhere else in the world. Have a great time. I know we will :) Pen Edited by penolva
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