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Safety in Johannesburg

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Safety in Johannesburg

Will be travelling to SA and Johannesburg for the first time this summer. How safe is the city? Are there areas to be avoided? Thanks in advance for responses.

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1. Re: Safety in Johannesburg

Hi Vic,

You will find much debate on the forum on this subject. Type in "Johannesburg safe" and that will pull-up forum conversations regarding this subject. It seems that most people do not spend much time in Johannesburg; most leave quickly for safaris, Cape Town, Wine Country, etc.

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Hi Vic

When you say summer I assume you mean UK summer - that's winter here.

But at the moment sitting under all that snow I assume that all thoughts turn to summer!

There are safe areas and very unsafe areas in Joburg. I made a guess from your post that you may be coming for the Lions Tour? If that is so the best advice is keep with the crowds, although as in crowds anywhere in the world keep your eye on your pockets! The most vibey area in Joburg is Melrose this is a refurbished area with lots of bars and restaurants. All the upmarket shops, offices and hotels have moved out to the suburb of Sandton. Lots of High Rise modern buuildings and Shopping Malls (some selling very expensive stuff!). This is safe but not much different to similar areas in other major cities round the world.

The rubgy ground Coca-Cola Park (Ellis Park) is OK on match days but don't go wandering round there on other days you could end up somewhere you don't want to be.

So, in general, take normal precautions and everything will be fine. Although there are very high crime levels in Joburg these are totals. The statistics of crime against tourists are no different to London, New York or probably Glasgow.

Keep Warm!

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3. Re: Safety in Johannesburg

The city is quite safe; and yes, there are areas to be avoided, but like similar areas in Glasgow, you are unlikely to come across them as a visitor.

Safety is enhanced for many people by using their cars for most journeys and using shopping malls. So, its not really designed for strolling about.

Take a guided tour to Soweto and round the city.

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5. Re: Safety in Johannesburg

Lynn

"It seems that most people do not spend much time in Johannesburg; most leave quickly for safaris"

Thats basically what I am doing...I will use Jo Burg/Pretoria as a base for the Kruger tour and Battlefields tour.

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Many people on holiday are already familiar with cities, and don't see the need to explore another, especially when one of the worlds best game reserves is 5 hours drive away. Something you won't see much of in the northern hemisphere.

However, Jo'burg is the main airport hub of southern Africa, so its hard to avoid.

And if you do avoid it, you miss seeing one of the most significant cities in Africa. The mining and industry built the wealth which developed the country.

Ancient man lived and hunted in the nearby caves.

In Soweto, one street once housed 2 Nobel Prizewinners!

As in any large city, there are attractive areas and areas to avoid. Take local advice for getting about.

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7. Re: Safety in Johannesburg

Like Capetown, Durban and other areas of South Africa I never had a problem with Johannesburg either. We took a taxi to the museum, visited Soweto and did some shopping in the centre, not just Sandton. Yes there are definite no go areas, Hillbrow for one!

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mjPaul63,

Yes, that is exactly what we are doing.

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