I've always wanted to visit South Africa. However, is it safe for women traveling alone? I've heard mixed things. It's hard to know what a valid rumor vs. truth is in regards to how safe somewhere is.
For instance, people (usually, non-Jamaican people) say it is perfectly safe to wander around Jamaica off the resort. Everyone I've asked FROM Jamaica says to only do that in Negril. However, I look more obviously Jamaican than most tourists (I'm 1/2 Jamaican), and I've been told that this makes it a bit more dangerous to travel; I'm less likely to be ignored because I appear to be a tourist, and I think a lot of developing countries are way more strict on punishments for people who commit crimes against tourists (notably, somewhere like Jamaica where tourism is a huge industry, and they don't want to scare people away).