Health and Safety in South Africa

Health

We recommend that you check the below list of vaccines and medicines and visit your doctor a month prior to your trip.
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
Staying safe

Hepatitis B vaccines to prevent Hepatitis B through sex, contaminated needles, tattooing or piercings.

Malaria pills in case of mosquito bites. Also, pack repellents or mosquito nets.

Rabies vaccines if you intend to participate in outdoor activities or working with animals.

A yellow fever vaccine if you’re coming from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever.

Here are some general rules you should follow:
  • Get yourself vaccinated
  • Take antimalarial medicine
  • Keep to safe edibles (Hot freshly cooked food, fruits or veggies that have been washed with clean water, and pasteurised dairy products)
  • Try to prevent bug bites
  • Stay away from stray animals
  • Stay away  from unsterilised medical equipment
Avoid
  • Food that’s served cold or at room temperature
  • Undercooked eggs
  • Undercooked meat or raw fish
  • ”Bushmeat” this includes bats, monkeys and other wild animals
  • Unbottled water
  • Ice that has been made with tap water
  • Unpasteurised milk
For safety on the road

South Africa does have a high crime rate in some areas, but if you stick to popular locations, you should be just fine.