I was recently approached by Francisco to write a small piece for his blog and am honoured to do so.
As a South African who has lived outside of SA for more than 13 years & is now back, I would like to give a few tips on how to behave if you are visiting this beautiful country during the World Cup (or any other time)
South Africa is inherently a dangerous country. You need to be vigilant at all times. Watch your wallet. Do not accept lifts from strangers (especially taxis). Before you land at the airport make sure you have organised your lifts to & from airports etc. If you are hiring a car ensure that you have a Garmin (or sat nav. Device) so that you do not get lost. Do not drive alone after dark, especially into township areas (such as Eldorado Park & Soweto) Make sure to visit the Kruger National Park (safari) as well as Cape Town (Table Mountain) For wine drinking, Stellenbosch & Franschoek are the best places to visit Tap water is fine to drink here in SA Bring sunblock, the sun is treacherous
Besides all the negative hype, South Africa truly is a magnificent country that everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
Nicole Costello (http://www.nicollecostello.blogspot.com/ )