Like I had previously mentioned, before moving to Africa, Joe and I had no plans nor desire to travel to South Africa. SA has a pretty bad rap and I suppose rightly so. If you look at the numbers, the crime rate is huge. From what I gather, Johannesburg is a pretty rough city and even some locals cautioned us about going there (we didn’t) because of the violent crime. One of our hosts in Cape Town explained that there is still quite a bit of crime but it is mostly gang-related and seems to stay in certain areas. However, even in the nicest of areas, you do get a feeling that all is not perfect as houses are laced with razor wire and signs of armed response are seen on every gate.
Before I scare you, and perhaps Joe and I are a bit more immune to this sort of stuff now, we had absolutely no problems in Cape Town and we felt perfectly safe at all times. Our hotel was on the edge of the city centre and we were able to walk short distances at night without a worry. We were never hassled by anyone nor did we ever feel uneasy about where we were.
After having such a great experience at Kapama Karula, we both wondered how Cape Town and our next accommodation would measure up. Often times when travelling, Joe and I try to book into smaller, boutique style hotels as they always seem more personal and are often just as nice, if not nicer, than many of the large scale hotels. Cape Town is plum full of these and the decision was difficult but I ended up with “Rouge on Rose” which is owned and managed by a mother-son team, Ursula and Michel. I think they may have been English (they didn’t have the South African accent) but Ursula did mention that they’ve been in SA for over 20 years.
|Our room at the 'Rouge on Rose' hotel.|