South Africa Tourism Safety Tip – Are there any health concerns in South Africa I should be concerned about?
You may be asking if there are any health concerns in South Africa you should know about – malaria, quality of water, Ebola, yellow fever, etc.
Vaccinations required for visiting South Africa
While there are no compulsory vaccinations for most visitors entering South Africa (note that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving from some endemic regions), it is recommended for you to be covered against Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
If you plan to travel to more rural areas or stay for an extended period, you may wish to consider vaccinations for Rabies and Hepatitis B.
Malaria areas in South Africa
Find out if you are visiting a malaria zone – this includes areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga where Kruger and many game reserves are located – and consider taking malaria prophylaxis to minimise your risk. For more information on the malaria risk areas in South Africa, click here.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) also publishes alerts so you’re aware of any malaria outbreaks. It offers a comprehensive overview of malaria on its website.
Ebola in Africa
There are currently no cases, or suspected cases, of Ebola in South Africa, and you can be assured that it is a situation monitored closely by the Department of Health, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and WHO.
NICD offers a detailed page on the disease on its website. It is important to note that the most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is geographically nowhere near South Africa.
According to NICD, despite the low risk to South Africa, the health authorities are on high alert to detect and manage imported cases if these happen.
South Africa has a great deal of experience in diagnosing and managing viral haemorrhagic fevers and has the only BSL-4 high-security laboratory on the continent.
Quality of water in South Africa
The public water supply in South Africa is largely high quality and safe for human consumption, reports the Department of Water Affairs. Our water is generally safe to drink straight from the tap, but if you have any health concerns in South Africa regarding the quality of our water, you can follow these handy guidelines.
Also important to note is that water is a very precious resource in South Africa. You will have read much in the news about the drought in Cape Town, which has come to an end with dams at over 80%. That said, however, locals are still using water responsibly and would like to encourage visitors to #savelikealocal and be cautious about any water wastage.
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