Johannesburg Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't walk around with cameras...

    by arzauk Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Don't walk around with cameras dangling of your neck. Don't walk around at night at all if you can help it(Public transport is bad so you'll want to hire a car anyway)
    Avoid Hillbrow (unless going with a local).
    Crime is VERY high in Jo'burg, and they tend to be violent. Don't let it stop you from enjoying this incredibly city, just BE VERY CAREFUL.

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  • They aren't kidding about the...

    by cherise Written Aug 25, 2002

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    They aren't kidding about the crime in JHB. Tourists are easy prey, so be sensible. Don't flash expensive cameras around, keep your money, passport & travellers cheques out of your handbag/purse. Invest in a money belt that fits UNDER your clothing and isn't easily visible (available from the Auto Association). Never flash cash. If you're in a rental car, pull into a garage if you are lost to ask for directions.

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    Johannesburg is a dangerous...

    by Rasta_Rob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Johannesburg is a dangerous city. Crimes such as car-jacking, rape, and murder are common, and there have been a number of armed robberies of hotels and restaurants in broad daylight. Be extremely careful if you plan to walk around town, and exercise caution at all times while in Johannesburg.

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    It is strongly advised to...

    by PeaceHavenSA Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It is strongly advised to avoid the very central city, downtown, Hillbrow as crime is regretably bad. Do not go into the townships without a specialised tour guide. The other parts of the city is otherwise fairly safe, but consult your travel agent for more and be safe.

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    Johannesburg is a beautiful...

    by shaami Written Aug 24, 2002

    Johannesburg is a beautiful city, with a pretty wicked reputation for crime. I have to advise any tourist that is coming to Johannesburg, to be cautious. It may be safe in your home country to drive with a window rolled down, but in Johannesburg rather put the air con on.
    We do not have a very good public tranport infrastructure, so I suggest that you hire a car at the airport. Get a good map and you can pretty much go anywhere you like.

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    by euzkadi Updated Nov 7, 2006

    Johannesburg is not a safe city, everybody tells you that (and you can feel it, indeed), but specially avoid his neighbourhood, or visit it as i did in an organized tour.

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    No Dumping

    by MissAntarctica2002 Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Besides it being a filthy and wrong thing to do, this sign gives some extra reasons not to dump your trash.

    I think this was taken in Alexandra township.

    No Dumping in Johannesburg

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    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Jo'burg is perhaps not the safest city in the world. Exercise lots of common sense and take advice from the locals.

    Typical 'Armed Response' warning

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    Take care with the hippos!!

    by crazyguitar Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Hippopotamus can suddenly cross the road!!
    Well..., really I don´t think so but if the sign is there probably is for some reason..
    At least is funny, isn´t it?

    Jordi, the sign and Dani

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  • Feb 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Common sense dictates that you never place anything of great value in luggage you intend to check-- no matter what your destination. Having said this, it is certainly not necessary to lock luggage when travelling to Johannesburg. I recently travelled (all alone) to this South African city and in spite of all the well-meaning advice took no more precautions than I would have while travelling to New York. I was happy to find the local people were warm-hearted, hard working and extremely helpful. I even took mini-vans from Lanseria airport to the Gautrain's Park Station for the incredible sum of $4 and along the way no one hit me in the head to steal my belongings --even though I had an iphone, souvenirs, a 35mm camera and cash. In fact, I found an invaluable opportunity to interact with the local people and saved some $50 to $75 on taxi fare to boot.

    By the way, I am a 58 year old woman and had never travelled alone to an international destination where I knew no one! I am so very happy I chose Johannesburg as my first first attempt at world travel solo. Also, I encountered no problems when changing U$D for Rand and had no issues with R20 notes or any other denominations.

    Travel broadens the horizons. The more one sees of the world --the more one is able to see the commonalities of all people-- no matter their international identity or skin color. Johannesburg is beautiful and so are its people. I hope to travel there again one day.

    One last word of advice. Do be prepared for the altitude change. I experienced light headedness and shortness of breath. It took a good night's sleep to shake this. The next morning I was A-ok. To be prepared drink lots of water while aboard the plane.

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