Healthcare in South Africa

South Africa can be considered as a safe destinations. There is a good water treatment that ensures you can drink the water from the tap, and the country is generally hygienic.

- Medical Facilities
The medical facilities in cities and larger towns can be considered world class, but in some rural areas the health care cannot match up to that in the big cities. But they are still very qualified with helping with primary health needs. There are trained medical caregivers deployed throughout the country so there will always be someone to help you nearby.
- The Sun
As South Africa has a warm, sunny climate, it is advised to wear sunscreen and a hat during the time you spent outdoors. The sun will be at its strongest between 10:00 and 16:00, even when its cloudy.
- HIV/AIDS
Always be careful when you are having sex, wear protection. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world.
- Inoculations
It is recommended that you have the required inoculations four to six weeks before travelling to South Africa. Find more information with your local health adviser.
- Malaria Tablets
Most of the tourist areas are malaria-free. However, the Kruger National Park, The Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months.
It is recommended you take malaria tablets when travelling to those areas. For more advice contact your doctor.
- Other health issues
Bilharzia can be a problem in some of the east-flowing rivers, but it is easily detected and treated if it is caught early. Perhaps it would be a good idea to have a routine test a month or two after you get home – just to reassure yourself.
Ticks generally come out in the early spring and may carry tickbite fever, which is easily treated. You should also be aware of hepatitis, for which you can be inoculated.