"Reality" South Africa Favorite Tip by TheWanderingCamel

South Africa Favorites: 284 reviews and 229 photos

  Harsh reality
by TheWanderingCamel

Fondest memory: 'Fondest" and "favourite" are hardly the right words to describe some of these thoughts and memories, but where else to put them is difficult. No visit to South Africa can fail to leave some harsh impressions - the aching poverty of squatter's camps, chronic unemployment that sees groups of aimless youths everywhere and cars besieged by hawkers with their few pathetic items for sale at every red traffic light, whole hillsides covered with tiny houses set down on barren earth in a sea of soul-destroying uniformity - all this and much more and that's without the evidence of the duel scourges of HIV-AIDS and crime that the visitor and tourist is less likely to have to confront in his/her cushioned and protected state.

However, harsh and difficult as these realities are, don't let them keep you away from this fantastic country. There is so much that is so rewarding and joyous here as well. Apart from the stunning beauty of the landscape and the unique thrill of seeing its wonderful wildlife roaming freely - the things that bring most visitors here in the first place - there will be wonderful images that will stay in your mind. I have mine -go and find yours.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Jan 24, 2007
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 2 7
Forum Rank:
0 0 0 6 3

Have you been to South Africa?

  Share Your Travels