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Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

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dubai
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Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

Hi All

we (family of two adults and three children) will be arriving at OR Tambo in the evening at around 9pm,and would prefer to stay very close to the airport (we have a flight next day to Hoedspruit at around 12 noon).

I have heard its not safe to go out in the evenings,and hence i would prefer to stay somewhere close...any suggestions?

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Johannesburg, South...
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1. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

Do you really think that all 8 million residents of Johannesburg never go out in the evenings?

Like any large city, even yours, there are areas where one should not be, especially alone, at night.

In answer to your question, though, these are all close:

Intercontinental hotel

Southern Sun, OR Tambo

City Lodge OR Tambo

Emperors Palace complex ( 4 or 5 hotels there)

Safari club

There are others, check here:

http://www.booking.com/airport/za/jnb.en.html?aid=318615;label=English_Whole_Site_Reset__inurl:.en.html

Relax, don't stress about the "dangers of Johannesburg" ( greatly exaggerated), and enjoy your visit

dubai
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2. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

yeah..im sure its all exaggerated...thanks for the for the reply.

Johannesburg, South...
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3. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

Definitely exaggerated.

Have a look at this list of the world's most dangerous cities.

Johannesburg comes in after Cape Town and Durban.

Some of them may surprise you:

Position City Country Homicide People Rate

1 San Pedro Sula Honduras 1.143 719.447 158.87

2 Juarez Mexico 1.974 1,335,890 147.77

3 Maceió Brazil 1.564 1,156,278 135.26

4 Acapulco Mexico 1.029 804.412 127.92

5 Central District Honduras 1.123 1,126,534 99.69

6 Caracas Venezuela 3.164 3,205,463 98.71

7 Torreón (metropolitan) Mexico 990 1,128,152 87.75

8 Chihuahua Mexico 690 831.693 82.96

9 Durango Mexico 474 593.389 79.88

10 Belém Brazil 1.639 2,100,319 78.04

11 Cali Colombia 1.720 2,207,994 77.90

12 Guatemala Guatemala 2.248 3,014,060 74.58

13 Culiacan Mexico 649 871.620 74.46

14 Medellin Colombia 1.624 2,309,446 70.32

15 Mazatlan Mexico 307 445.343 68.94

16 Tepic (metropolitan area) Mexico 299 439.362 68.05

17 Vitoria Brazil 1.143 1,685,384 67.82

18 Veracruz Mexico 418 697.414 59.94

19 Ciudad Guayana Venezuela 554 940.477 58.91

20 San Salvador El Salvador 1.343 2,290,790 58.63

21 New Orleans United States 199 343.829 57.88

22 Salvador (and RMS) Brazil 2.037 3,574,804 56.98

23 Cucuta Colombia 335 597.385 56.08

24 Barquisimeto Venezuela 621 1,120,718 55.41

25 San Juan Puerto Rico 225 427.789 52.60

26 Manaus Brazil 1.079 2,106,866 51.21

27 São Luís Brazil 516 1,014,837 50.85

28 Nuevo Laredo Mexico 191 389.674 49.02

29 João Pessoa Brazil 583 1,198,675 48.64

30 Detroit United States 346 713.777 48.47

31 Cuiabá Brazil 403 834.060 48.32

32 Recife Brazil 1.793 3,717,640 48.23

33 Kingston (metropolitan) Jamaica 550 1,169,808 47.02

34 Cape Town South Africa 1.614 3,497,097 46.15

35 Pereira Colombia 177 383.623 46.14

36 Macapá Brazil 225 499.116 45.08

37 Fortress Brazil 1.514 3,529,138 42.90

38 Monterrey (metropolitan area) Mexico 1.680 4,160,339 40.38

39 Curitiba Brazil 720 1,890,272 38.09

40 Goiânia Brazil 484 1,302,001 37.17

41 Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (Port Elizabeth) South Africa 381 1,050,930 36.25

42 Barranquilla Colombia 424 1,182,493 35.86

43 ST. Louis United States 113 319.294 35.39

44 Mosul Iraq 636 1,800,000 35.33

45 Belo Horizonte Brazil 1.680 4,883,721 34.40

46 Panama Panama 543 1,713,070 31.70

47 Cuernavaca (metropolitan area) Mexico 198 630.174 31.42

48 Baltimore United States 195 620.961 31.40

49 Durban South Africa 1.059 3,468,087 30.54

50 City of Johannesburg South Africa 1.186 3,888,180 30.50

My source: www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php…

An Alternative source:

news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Johannesburg-saf…

And another one, in case you are still doubtful;

This one lists Cape Town as the worst ( the travel agents will never tell you that).

Johannesburg is not on the list!

urbantitan.com/the-10-most-dangerous-cities-…

As I wrote earlier:

RELAX AND ENJOY

Gavin

( lived in Johannesburg for 65 years .... Had a car radio stolen once .... )

dubai
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4. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

great!thanks a lot!!!...now you've got me worried about my trip to Cape Town!!

just kidding...

but its strange though...most people warn you about the crime rate in Johannesburg....and when it comes to Cape Town,its supposedly totally opposite...

but its good to have AND SPREAD the right kind of information...

thanks again.

Avila Beach...
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5. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

I believe it depends on what part of a city you are in that makes it most dangerous...while I agree that Joburg gets bad press, I hope tourists don't now become worried about visiting other great destinations (such as Cape Town?)

dubai
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6. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

i dont know about others...but im definitely visiting Cape Town next week!

infact my brother left Cape Town yesterday (a family of 7 persons)....and he had only the best things to say about the trip...so im looking forward to it as well!

Perth
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7. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

Hi just jumping in here.....

I know Gavin S mentioned some hotels close to the airport but in terms of facilities and access to restaurants etc which would be best?

My husband & I need to stay a night in J'burg close to airport before we fly to Zambia and also on return trip home. We arrive around midday so would like somewhere where there is places to eat and do rather than be stuck in a hotel room for the night.

Any suggestions?

Thanks :)

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dubai
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9. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

@BlupePerth

I have just checked out Aero Guest Lodge....according to the reviews its good only for transitting through Johannesburg....since i will be reaching the city around 9pm and then checking out in the morning...so seems good enough for me.

Kyalami, South...
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10. Re: Arriving at Joburg Airport late in the evening...safe?

Yes it is safe. And you are not the only flight coming in late.

We have arrived many times, even later.

ON the airport there is a Town Lodge Hotel.

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