Hi guys! I am Australian who has lived in Johannesburg for 4 months. I am doing a month of travel then back to Aus. Unfortunately I don't have a travel buddy every step of the way. The first place I must venture on my own is Durban.
I am a petite, white, young blonde girl.
I have traveled to Cape Town and done the Garden Route, to Swaziland and to the Karoo, I have hired cars and driven and had no problems. I've never been alone though!
I am planning only 2 days in Durban, hoping to spend a few hours of the first day at the flea market and a few hours of the second day at a beach, hoping to look into a horseriding tour or something so I am not totally alone. I plan to get taxis organised by the backpackers to and from both the market and the beach. I do not plan to go outside after dark and I plan on doing no exploring on my own.
I am aware of risks and have a few strategies up my sleeve. However I just typed into google 'Durban Reviews' and it sounds AWFUL. Like, you're going to get mugged, raped or murdered.
I remember people saying this about JoBurg before I arrived and by staying out of the 'dodgy' areas and making intelligent decisions I have been fine. Is it the same situation in Durban? I think I need some reassurance that I will be OK!! I get there on the 16th when they have a big sports thing on so it will be a busy time...