We (two women) will be staying in Hout Bay for 7 nights in a few weeks' time. We have been speaking to people who have visited the Cape Peninsula and have received different advice with regards to safety. Some people suggest that every time we stop at traffic lights we will be besieged by people wanting to wash our windscreen or sell us something. I have no problem with paying people for services if it's something we want but there will be times when we want to refuse and wondered what the best way to to do this is. We have been advised to travel with our doors locked and windows up, which seems sensible, but one person suggested refusing eye contact, which seems rude to me. And paying for anything would mean opening the window, is this advisable? Other people have said they had no problems and felt safe at all times.
I have also been told that it's common for someone to unofficially watch your car when you've parked, which I have no problem with, but wondered what the expected amount would be to pay for this? I don't want to insult anyone by paying too little.
Sorry if this offends anyone, it is not my intention. I am happy to help people make a living, but want to avoid potentially exposing ourselves to problems. Please excuse my naivety!
Thanks for your advice