South Africa has a number of malarial “high risk” areas, including Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu Natal. Visitors traveling to these areas should take malarial prophylactics. Please consult your doctor before traveling.
There are no compulsory inoculations or vaccinations required for entry into South Africa. However, if you have previously visited a Yellow Fever risk area and are traveling to South Africa within 6 days, you will need to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Please be aware that the African sun is extremely hot. Please use high factor suncream (SPF30 is recommended), wear a hat and drink plenty of water.
Medical facilities are excellent in all large towns and cities. You may be required to pay cash when visiting doctors or hospital. Most accept major credit cards. Before you travel, please ensure you have medical cover on your travel insurance, and it’s a good idea to bring with you any unusual or specialized medication you may require.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout South Africa. Bottled water is also widely available if you prefer.