Thanks Scott -- that's a concern of mine as well. I'm not a huge fan of group tours but am thinking that that's what I'll probably do for a variety of reasons, not least being my own personal safety -- not just in the cities, but in the countryside as well. In any event, South Africa may or may not end up on the finalized destination list, but at the moment it's the country that started this entire proposed trip to begin with. That being said, I've travelled to nearly 30 countries on my own, and the only one I've ever felt any real discomfort in was the good ol' US of A.