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What Are The Safest Neighborhoods To Live in Cape Town?


in Cape Town, South Africa by @justinbosco | 3yr  | 3 comments

Hi all! My girlfriend and I would like to spend a month in Cape Town in August and are researching the safest neighborhoods to live in. Weโ€™d like to get an Airbnb but weโ€™re curious if anyone has any advice on where we should be looking? Weโ€™ve read a lot about Cape Town in our research, both good and bad. Any tips from people who have experience living in the city beyond a weekend resort stay would be great!

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@travelingpm | 3yr

Hereโ€™s a map I modified for a friend who was planning to do a medical residency there. We lived there for two years and know most of the neighborhoods well. Crime in Cape Town is mostly opportunistic, so donโ€™t walk around with a camera around your neck, leave stuff in the car or your iPhone on a cafe table, etc.

If you want to message me a few possible locations Iโ€™d be happy to a let you know if itโ€™s safe. Some areas on the map arenโ€™t exactly unsafe - such as the city bowl, downtown can be somewhat unsafe at night, but youโ€™d probably be a few stories up from street level and thatโ€™s perfectly safe. Oranjezicht, Vreadehoek, and Tamboerskloof are also OK in the city bowl.

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@simonl | 3yr

Greenpoint is also a great location. Close to the sea, in the city bowl as it gets called - basically walking distance to all the good stuff and plenty AirBnBโ€™s around there.

Have fun, its a great place. If you hire a car make sure not to leave valuables in it and be sure to put valuable things in the in the trunk when driving.

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@gregg | 3yr

My wife and I are in Cape Town right now and weโ€™ve stayed in two different neighborhoods: Woodstock and Tamboerskloof. Of the two I would say Tamboerskloof feels safer to walk around at night. It is definitely a wealthier neighborhood. At the same time, a previous guest at the AirBnb we are staying at in Tamboerskloof had the flat broken into and their laptop stolen, so one should be vigilant and security-minded anywhere. Our Woodstock flat was in a somewhat dodgy area but was a fantastic place to stay.

Woodstock is a gentrifying neighborhood with a lot of cool stuff (coworking, cafes, shops), but most of that is closed at night. If you want to be a little further out of the city, I think the next neighborhood out from Woodstock, Observatory (Obs or Obz for short) had a less sketchy feel and a number of restaurants, cafes and bars.

If you want to be closer to the beach (maybe not in August), Sea Point seemed alright the couple of times weโ€™ve visited.

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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

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in Croatia by @ld | 15d 15 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

We are in Umbria until August 31. We've been here since March, but crisis-level visa extensions are over. After that we have to leave the EU. We would like to stay out of the USA (our home) due to it's covid crisis, at the same time we want to be responsible about travel. Ideally we would not travel at all, rather stay hidden in the countryside of Umbria forever until covid is more under control globally, but here we are!

So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

Thanks.

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Know Mexico City?

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Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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in Cape Town, South Africa by @danielletom | 4yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Hey guys,

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Also, I would love to know your favourite areas in the city and hear about your experiences :slight_smile:

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in Lisbon, Portugal by @thefakekozy | 4yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

Hello friends :slight_smile:

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Hi, can anyone recommend nice kid-friendly neighborhoods in armenia, colombia? we're scouting it out this week. thanks


by @livefencefree | 4yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

hi, any here with experience in armenia? weโ€™re considering a move there and looking for good neighborhoods to look at this week. thanks!

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Any other outdoor enthusiasts / adventurers like to meet up? (Central America & South Africa)


in South Africa by @jakegibson | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

Till November I have a house in Costa Rica with extra beds. Learning to surf but interested doing some climbing, rafting, hiking.

After November mostly likely Cape Town South Africa for a few months, getting my pilots license but also interested in motorcycle tours, surfing, anything else outdoors.

After that will be looking for a sailing adventureโ€ฆ

I already watch meetup, but am always looking outdoor enthusiasts who are up for more than the casual hike. Anyone in those areas want to plan something? Or do you have a site besides meetup you use?

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Anyone interested to do a Scotland/Cape Town flat swap in 2016?


in Cape Town, South Africa by @susangaigher | 4yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

Hi there! I have a one-bedroom flat in Cape Town, South Africa where I am based most of the time. I like to go on 2/3-month trips while working remotely, and am keen to go to Scotland (prefer Edinburgh) next.

I work for myself so am very flexible. If you are keen to swap flats, contact me! Cape Town is amazing, youโ€™ll have a ball. You can even have my friends for the duration of your stay :smile:

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How is Cape Town for digital nomads?

 

in Cape Town, South Africa by @jammingsloth | 5yr 4 years ago | 32 comments

Has anyone spent time in Cape Town? Any recommendations on places to stay? Airbnb seems pretty sparse. Wifi also doesnโ€™t seem to be a strong suit - anyone have positive experiences?

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in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @jonathandwagner | 5yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

When looking for places in Chiang Mai to stay, what are good districts that I should target? I donโ€™t want to find myself either too far from everything or somewhere that is super shady.

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