I say this with absolute sincerity and concern:
Your trip is doomed from the start. It appears that you have become totally gripped by this subject to the extent that you will spend every minute of your time talking, thinking and worrying about the possibility of experiencing a form of crime while on holiday here. You have gone way beyond healthy caution and sensibility. I am sad to say that you will regret not allowing yourself to enjoy your time here.
Also, it seems from your closing comments that you hold the reports by this questionable individual in a very high regard. Why?? Why do you present her articles as if they are accurate? THEY ARE NOT! You seem to react as if WE
are misinformed or are hiding the truth? You ask "why wasnt that information mentioned here?" --- Because it is NOT TRUE, IT DID NOT HAPPEN, IT IS A LIE!
Ask the journalist when, where and to whom it happened...she cannot answer because it is just not so! I actually think that the article is so irresponsible and so riddled with sensationalism and lies, that SANParks should seriously consider taking legal action.
We are WELL AWARE
of the reality of crime in SA...there are those who retreat into denial and convince themselves that it is normal, and there are those who blow it out of proportion and seem to delight in the misfortune of SA but I can assure you that you need not carry the burden of enlightening us and informing us of the facts on the ground.
I guarantee you
perception of crime in SA is way out of proprotion to reality. It is indeed a serious problem
but it does not warrant the amount of "research" and attention that you are giving it. Sadly, the articles you site prove just how unreliable the internet is as a source of information. True stories are used as a basis on which to report blatantly false information. I am FIRMLY of the opinion that the "journalist" in question has been irresponsible and is in my opinion, a blatant liar. She has used true stories and applied them to places and people that are not linked to such stories. Many of her supportive commentators are merely South Africans with an axe to grind. This is a common occurance. Her information is totally unreliable and I suggest you use a different website for information.
What I find interesting is that I get a sense that you think we
are misinformed and need to convince US
that the situation is much worse than we think that it is....you asked us for a fair and accurate understanding of what things are really like, and we have answered honestly and accurately!!!
If you do actually come here, I look forward to what you have to say once you return!!!!! It is just a real pity that you are ruining your trip before it even begins with unnecessary levels of worry.
PLEASE RELAX....you are WASTING far too much energy on this issue. Have you started planning your trip? What are your dates? Which camps do you plan to stay at???? We want you to get the most out of your trip....