Is Cape Town Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Cape Town, located on the southwestern tip of South Africa, is a thriving metropolis known worldwide for its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural richness. Nestled between the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic slopes of Table Mountain, this vibrant city offers visitors a unique blend of stunning landscapes and cosmopolitan charm. Cape Town is famous for its historic landmarks such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the colorful Bo-Kaap district. Food and wine enthusiasts can relish the offerings of numerous world-class vineyards on the city's outskirts, while outdoor lovers are spoilt for choice between mountain trails, scenic drives, and beautiful beaches like Camps Bay and Clifton. A fusion of African, European, and Malay influences, Cape Town stands as a testament to a powerfully diverse and resilient spirit.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 25 experiences

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Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.1/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Solo travel experience

This was a really cool training experience in Cape Town SA. We did some firearms and hand to hand combat for the purpose of self defense. There are many open markets . The USD goes a long way! ABNB cost about $20 per day. Staying with locals made the down time very satisfying. We visited a co-op food court, took a red bus tour around the coast,ate at restaurants often but also cooked at home. My hosts provided transportation but Uber is available. Do not recommend female to Uber or wander alone. I felt safe amongst my hosts but was very cautious otherwise.

Posted: January 25, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Juliet

Juliet

France

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First of all, I can highly recommend Cape Town! 🫶🏾♥️🇿🇦 There is a variety of activities that this city offers like hiking up to the Table Mountain, going to Boulders Beach to see some penguins or just some cool concerts (Cape Town has a great music scene for my music lovers)!!! It’s good to check the safety situation in your neighborhood beforehand but overall it’s safe if you take some precautions (like taking an Uber in the evening) and use your street smartness! People are overly kind and open-mind, so it was even possible to meet and hang out with some lovely and interesting people as well! :)

Posted: January 3, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Last year I traveled alone to Cape Town and the Garden Route. In Cape Town, I was cautious, for example by staying in a safe neighborhood, not walking alone at night, and participating in several group day trips. I had no safety issues.

Posted: July 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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I really loved staying there and I stayed for 3 weeks. I bought a SIM card and definitely used Uber at night. I stayed at an Airbnb with a lovely family, which helped me know that I have local people I could return to and call at any time.

Posted: July 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I went alone to Cape Town and I really liked it there. Cape Town is quite safe during the day, as long as certain precautions are taken. I was by myself in some places, but there were others where I wouldn't go. I did some things alone, on foot, using Uber or a tourist bus. I also did a free walking tour with a guide. In the evenings, I used Uber. I spent 7 days there and made two one-day trips (one to a vineyard by tram and the other to the Cape peninsula).

Posted: July 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I went alone to Cape Town and made trips every day. I booked them through a really nice hostel where I stayed. I went on a wine tour, artisan breweries, shark diving, and a bike trip to the Cape of Good Hope. Everything was really nice, and at the hostel and on the tours I met many nice people. Other things, like Table Mountain, the waterfront and other beaches, I did alone or with friends from the hostel, using public transport or Uber/taxis. I didn't feel unsafe at all there, all the locals were very nice and helpful.

Posted: July 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was alone for a week and had an amazing time. Ubers are cheap and available, and the people working there want to share their culture and learn yours. Lots of food options, lots of nature and activities. Most people speak a little English. I had an amazing time and would like to return there someday. I do not recommend walking alone late at night.

Posted: July 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I've been alone in Cape Town many times. It is a great city, and if you use common sense, you will feel safe. I recommend using Uber in the evenings and taking the train (it's a beautiful journey) to see the penguins in Simonstown.

Posted: June 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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I was alone in Cape Town and felt safe. I didn't have any problems and I really enjoyed myself in Cape Town. I stayed in a hostel that offered tours. Tours to Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Boulders Beach, and many other places. Moreover, I was told that it is not safe to hike Table Mountain and Lion's Head alone. I recommend a visit to Robben Island, where you get a tour of the island and the prison.

Posted: June 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I have been to Cape Town many times. I won't say that it's completely safe there (which large metropolis is?), but you can comfortably walk around during the day, as long as you stick to the main streets and walk confidently. Keep your bag in front of you and never put it down. At night, use Uber, even for short distances.

Posted: May 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Local tips

Cape Town is a beautiful city with so many sights to offer. It's often said to resemble a sunny year round Europe city, with cultural and architectural beauty all around, in addition to the mountainous, botanical and beach scenery. It's a really money savvy spot for anyone from the US, UK, and Europe due to the local currency. However, even being born and bred here, it is not safe for solo Fem+identifying persons. As long as you have your wits about and a bit of streets smarts, the nights aren't terrible but still would not recommend walking alone. GBV is a known and rife problem. I would advise to stay in hotels the CBD, and V&A Waterfront, or guest houses/airBnBs in Green Point, Sea Point, or Camps Bay areas. Cape Town is a known foodie spot for all in SA. From traditional South African cuisine, to restaurants specializing in each international cuisine imaginable, to fine dining - there will be something for everyone without breaking the bank, ever. My favourites: for casual-fine dining Italian is Scalla, the best Indian at Bukhara or The Curry Club, Sushi at Kyoto Garden, cakes at Cafe Chiffon, sundowners at Strolla, modern fine dining at Foxcroft, Ramen at Ramenhead, Bagels as Kleinsky's, steak at The Butcher Grill, seafood at Willoughby's. If you visit around late June, you'll be in town for the Knysna Oyster Festival, in Knysna, a toen on the East Coast about 5 hours drive from Cape Town. There are flights to nearby towns George and Plettenberg Bay, both an hours drive from Knysna. A £15 Uber can take you to nearby wine farms in Constantia, which offers wine tours and tastings overlooking lush vineyards among protected heritage buildings of the Cape Dutch architecture. A £30 Uber can take you one hour out of Cape Town to the quaint old French settlement, which boasts the best fine dining restaurants and chocolatier, and even more vineyards, a wine tasting tram that takes you through the more renowned wine estates for tasting tours. Certain estates will also offer chocolate, cheese, gin, beer, and cider tastings as well.

Posted: February 26, 2024
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Cape Town is definitely safe if you are careful about where you're going and avoid doing foolish things like solo hikes or taking unnecessary risks. Places like the Table Mountain cable car, V&A Waterfront, Cape Winelands are very safe and always buzzing with life. City tours are also great for solo travelers. However, I would not recommend exploring alone at night.

Posted: December 29, 2023
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I am a South African living in Cape Town. I always recommend being aware of your surroundings. Don't walk alone at night, don't wander alone. Apart from that, Cape Town is fine. Wonderful people, stunning views and places, and of course delicious food.

Posted: October 18, 2023
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Cape Town is fairly safe if you're sensible and stay alert, but it's not recommended to walk alone at night, and it's better to stick to the centre or clean districts. But it's incredibly fun and there are many wonderful experiences to have, places to stop and people to meet.

Posted: July 26, 2023
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My name is Khanyisa ☺️ I am 31 years old from Cape Town, South Africa. I love to meet people, travel and making connections. My passion is spirituality and healing ❤️‍🩹 exploring the psychedelic healing space at the moment. Looking forward to making new friends 🤍

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My name is Grace. I am a Christian counselor, a clergy and owner of a small scale business which I hope grows big soon. I love traveling around the world. I hope to travel a lot this year.

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