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Tap water is drinkable here, and with the exception of HIV/AIDS, there’s little need to worry about health issues in Cape Town. But hundreds do die daily from HIV/AIDS, so make sure you protect yourself while having sex. For more information on health in South Africa, read Lonely Planet’s Healthy Travel Africa and South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland.

Medical Services

Medical services here are of a high standard; make sure you have health insurance and be prepared to pay for services immediately. In an emergency call 107 (landlines only), or 021-480 7700 if using a mobile phone, for directions to the nearest hospital.

Many doctors make house calls; look under ‘Medical’ in the phone book or ask at your hotel.

Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital The best private hospital. Reception is on the 8th floor.

Netcare Travel Clinic For vaccinations and travel health advice.

Groote Schuur Hospital In an emergency, you can go directly to the casualty (emergency) department.