Johannesburg, South Africa
Despite its charms, Johannesburg is known for being a lawless city with extortionate rates of crime. Violent crimes such as assault, vandalism and armed robbery are very common and rates of sexual assaults are terrifyingly high in the city (41,583 rapes were reported to the police in 2018/19). Women shouldn’t travel alone here, and should remain in groups to avoid attacks.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
If you’re going to be victim of crime here, it’s likely to be when travelling from A to B. Robberies are common on metro’s and at metro and bus stations. And, like in the rest of South Africa, it’s a common occurrence for tourists to be followed from the airport and robbed.
Scams Risk: HIGH
It’s important to be aware of Johannesburg’s most popular scams before travelling here. It’s common for scammers to pose as officials like police or traffic wardens so watch out for unprofessional behaviour and stay away from trouble.