South Africa has both private and public hospitals in most areas and many well qualified general practitioners to help with most medical matters.
Malaria is found only in some parts of the Lowveld of Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is advisable to take prophylactics before visiting these areas.
South Africa is one of only 12 countries in the world with drinkable tap water. Our tap water quality is the third-best overall in the world. It is advisable though, to take bottled water with you when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.
South Africa is as safe as any country in the world but there are certain basic precautions that people should take note of:
* When in the car, keep all doors locked and windows up at all times.
* When using an ATM be alert at all time. If you see something suspicious stop your transaction and leave.
* To avoid being mugged ensure that you carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across your body. Do not carry it hanging over one shoulder. Do not carry large amounts of cash on your person.
* When sightseeing, use only registered and qualified tour guides. Registered tour guides can be identified by a certificate that they carry.