Travelers are advised to get children up to the age of twelve inoculated for Hepatitis B and for measles as well. Diarrhea is a very common problem throughout Africa but Johannesburg has one of the best water purification and treatment plants in the world and the water is very safe. Malaria is also not an issue in the city however travelers should be careful at the nature reserves and major parks, specially in summer. HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in the city so travelers should be careful when getting a haircut or going to a clinic for some shots. Sun protection is also very important as sunburn and sun stroke is a very common problem in the city. Bilharzias or Schistosomiasis is also very common in the eastern parts of the country. Travelers should be cautious when going swimming in fresh water as the symptoms of this disease are often not visible till the disease has established itself over the course of several months or even years after the initial infection. The damage to internal organs is irreversible and visitors should be extra cautious about it.
Kloof Road Travel Clinic
Address: 17 Kloof Road, Corner Arterial Road West Bedfordview,
Dr DM Smith / Sr C Standford
Telephone: +27 (0)11 616 4400
Fax: +27 (0)11 616 3757
Airport Clinic & Travel Vaccination Centre
Address: Ground Floor, New Domestic Arrivals Terminal
Telephone: +27 (0)11 921-6609
Address: Corner Witkoppen & Nanyuki Rds, Sunninghill
Telephone: +27 (0)11 806-1500
Address: 9 Guild Road, Parktown West
Telephone: +27 (0)11 480-5600
Johannesburg has an extremely high crime rate at all times of the day and tourists should stay alert, specially in the townships like Soweto and around the city center.
Hillbrow, Berea and all such areas should be avoided at any time unless in a large group or with local guides, and travelling to townships with organized tours is better due to the high crime rates there.
The city center is not safe at night and should be avoided. However, if you must travel, make sure you stay in populated and well lit areas.
Carjacking is very common and the city has one of the highest rates in the world.
Remember that your security is in your own hands. Keeping car doors locked and windows rolled up is a good idea. Extra care should be taken when entering or exiting your car as that is the time when thieves are most likely to pounce on you. Valuables left on the car seats, dashboard or anywhere visible are likely to attract unwanted attention, so avoid doing so. A car thief will not hesitate to smash the windows of your car to steal!
Avoid stopping at red lights at night, specially if you see any people standing nearby, as they could be hijackers, It's a lot better to pay a small fine for breaking traffic rules than risking your life!
Avoid using public transport as crowded services are often the sites of attacks.
Sexual assault levels in the city are extremely high and women are strongly advised to avoid traveling alone at any time of the day.
Try not to be conspicuous in your way of dressing, talking or general behaviour. The moment you're identified as a tourist, you might be in danger. Avoid a show of wealth and keep jewelry to a minimum. Even earrings have been ripped from tourists' ears so it is better not to wear anything of the sort. Put up least resistance if you are the victim in a crime. It is best to avoid heroism and quietly hand over whatever is asked for. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are much more important than some belongings and goods!