South Africa’s increasing violent crime (including murder, rape, carjacking and armed robbery) pushed the country into the Dishonorable Mentions category for the 2016 List of Worst Countries for Women Travelers. This is the first year the country has made the list. With its safaris, vineyards, and national parks, along with cities full of culture and art, it is a shame South Africa is spiraling down into such a dangerous place.
South Africa – Dangerous
According to the UNODC, South Africa’s homicide rate is the absolute worst in Africa. The Kiwis issued a travel advisory based on high crime rate, including murder, sexual assault, carjacking and armed robbery. Women travelling in South Africa should be particularly careful even if they are traveling with a male companion; an example is the recent gang rape of a woman travelling with her boyfriend (who was also badly hurt). Be particularly careful around the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg due to luggage being broken into (they suggest securing with plastic film), personal items being stolen and tourists being followed from the airport. The Aussies and the Canadians say exercise a high degree of caution due to the high level of crime.
If you wish to go to South Africa or must go: Sodwana Bay National Park is a South Africa Nature Reserve located on the Elephant Coast, in KwaZulu-Natal and has coral reefs, diving, fishing, snorkeling and turtle tours. There are guest lodges to stay in for a rustic adventure with far less of the lethal problems of the rest of South Africa.
Conclusion: Perhaps you are thinking it would be better to go where a woman can travel freely and safely, if so, please refer to our 10 safest countries for women tourists.
Photo Attribution: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development
Description: Andrea Dondolo is a South African actress and activist. “I think a state of emergency is the right category to classify violence against girls and women, an ill that is sweeping through our nation like the feared bush or shack fires of Khayelitsha. I feel as a public figure I must use the power this status has blessed me with to encourage people to rise up and be heard. It took courageous leaders to stand and voice their opinion against apartheid, and hence through blood and sweat of our martyrs we got our freedom. Slowly but surely this phenomena of abuse, rape and mutilation of women and children is a new apartheid, setting us apart and making us hate each other.”