How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 34.0 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Africa average: 13.0 (2016).
- Threat of kidnappings along borders with Algeria and Mauritania.
- Return of South Africans who fought for Daesh/extremist groups may be a threat.
- In 2018, incendiary devices were found around Durban.
- Civil unrest:
- Protest marches and strike demonstrations do occur regularly.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Areas to be vigilant at:
- Johannesburg: Berea, Hillbrow, Yeoville districts, Rotunda bus terminus
- Pretoria: Sunnyside
- Durban: city centre, beach front, Victoria Wharf
- Cape Town: path from downtown hotels to waterfront
- At night: Northern KwaZulu Natal, Zululand
- Attractions: Kruger Park, Table Mountain, Drakensberg Mountains, beaches
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track crime trends, terrorism news and risk levels, upcoming significant dates, civil unrest and more for you. Click to learn more.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice