South Africa ranked as least safe country for solo women to travel

For female travelers who enjoy going to new destinations on their own, a lot of thought is placed on personal safety.

But how do you fairly gauge which countries are safer than others?

Travel advisors Asher and Lyric Ferguson give practical advice for travelers via their website and through radio and television interviews - based on their own extensive travel experience.

They have now taken the top 50 destination countries and ranked them in terms of safety for women who travel on their own.

It's titled A study of the world’s most dangerous countries for women traveling alone reveals the good, the bad and the ugly and South Africa does not get a good scorecard - in fact, it ranks as the least safe.

Kieno Kammies speaks to travel advisor Asher Ferguson, who has created a list of the top 50 holiday destination countries and ranked them in terms of safety for women traveling alone.

We scoured the internet for trusted international sources that compared countries in the fairest way possible.

Asher Ferguson, Travel advisor

8 factors were considered in measuring women's safety and treatment:

  1. Safety of walking alone at night
  2. Intentional homicide of women
  3. Non-partner sexual violence
  4. Intimate partner violence
  5. Legal discrimination
  6. Global gender gap
  7. Gender inequality
  8. Violence against women attitudes

One cannot just look at the data for street safety, rape and violence - it also depends on the attitude and legal system within a culture.

Asher Ferguson, Travel advisor

I would love to go to South Africa and so would my wife and we are not trying to deter anyone from going there. But it is always helpful to have awareness of issues that may be there, do your research and learn how to stay safe.

Asher Ferguson, Travel advisor

DG for Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape, Rashid Toefy, called to respond to the study.

He updates listeners on the Mount Nelson robbery and says four of the suspects have been arrested.

They were caught doing another robbery.

Rashid Toefy, Economic Development and Tourism Deputy Director-General - Western Province

He says the study may just be one perspective, and he has read other research that offers different information.

There are so many women visitors who travel for adventure and to make a difference and thousands who live in townships hosted in family homes and make a difference in the country.

Rashid Toefy, Economic Development and Tourism Deputy Director-General - Western Province

Listen to the full interview below:


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