help! traveling to cape town - need advice
I was wondering if anyone out there had information or opinions on traveling to Cape Town. My friend and I are aged 20 and 22 (one male, I being the younger female), and are planning on traveling alone. After looking up hotels and flights, I decided to go to a travel agent to get some more information about activities and legitimate places to go. She basically told me Cape Town isn't that safe, and when going to Africa one should take a guided tour. The problem with that is we just wanted to stay in the city, and explore near by areas, go cage diving, take day trips etc. Most tours only offer long trips all across Africa.
I have a little traveling experience, I've been to Europe twice once on a tour and the other independently, but with an experienced traveler. My friend doesn't have much experience at all.
If anyone out there has experience in Cape Town, please let me know what you think. Is it safe to stay in the city in a hotel, wander about especially for a young looking girl?