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Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

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Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

I'm staying in Joburg for 2 nights in September. I arrive 10pm sat night & intend to spend Sunday on the hop on hop off bus & apartheid museum. On the Monday I had intended to get the bus but now they're on strike will prob fly to my next destination

I'm travelling alone and not sure where to stay - suggestions gratefully recieved!

As with any city I know there are good & bad places, I know not to talk to strangers & keep an eye on my stuff etc but doesn't stop my friends & family telling me scare stories!

Oh and if anyone knows when the translux strike might end that would help inform my planning too!!


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1. Re: Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

Oh seems translux strike is over.....still not sure to stay central at the airport or elsewhere tho!!

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2. Re: Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

The only places the airport is central to are: the airport; some uninteresting residential areas; a casino; and a whole lot of industrial installations!

Actually this is a very sprawling city: nowhere is all that "central". Having said that, the Gautrain does help to a limited extent, so I'd suggest you look in the Rosebank-Sandton area. A nice guesthouse that does dinner would be my first prize (although I think any of them would find you a suitable restaurant), and both areas have lots of hotels. Rosebank is imo a bit livelier -central Sandton tends to shut down on Sunday evenings, or maybe I just don't know where to go ;-) - and both are several Gautrain stops closer to Park Station where you'd get the hoho bus. Do, btw, make sure you have the Gautrain and hoho bus running times -you don't want to be stranded.

Also note that you'll be landing on the Saturday well after the Gautrain had stopped running, so if you do opt for Sandton or Rosebank you'd need a hotel shuttle, or a taxi via the Acsa counter - don't go with one of the illegal operators who in my experience pounce on you as you emerge into the concourse.

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3. Re: Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

Hello, you will feel at home in Sandton. It is busy, lively and very safe. You can take the Gautrain (during operating hours) to the area and use it as a base. The line also runs from Sandton to Rosebank, so you can visit Rosebank as well, they have a lovely craft market open every day there. Then you can also take a visit on the train to Pretoria, but will have to book a tour if you want to visit the sights there. There are operators in Pretoria who provide this. Sandton is full on young people also on their own, and the clubs are also around there.This is not a cheap area, however, maybe you can take the Gautrain to Sandton, then take the bus to Fourways and stay in a guest house: lots to choose - Bryan Manor, Eagles Nest - all close to Fourways,with plenty of restaurants, shopping centres, coffee shops and the huge Montecasino complex. Check it out, it is safe and lovely in the country and easily accessible by the Gautrain bus.

Lyn - Owner - Thorntree Tours and Safaris

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4. Re: Where is safe for lone female in Joburg?

I wold have my first night at the airport. No it is not exciting, but how much excitement do you need after a loooong flight at 10pm.

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