With the exception of HIV/AIDS, there’s little need to worry about health issues in Cape Town. Having said that, hundreds do die daily from HIV/AIDS, so make sure you protect yourself while having sex.
Medical services in Cape Town are of a high standard; make sure you have health insurance and be prepared to pay for services immediately. In an emergency call 107 from a landline (or 112 from a mobile) 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 Excellent private hospital.
Netcare Travel Clinic For vaccinations and travel health advice.
Groote Schuur Hospital Has a casualty (emergency) department.
Tap water is drinkable. However, at the time of research, severe drought has enforced water restrictions so buying drinking water is recommended.
Visit a doctor or travel clinic at least four weeks before departure for vaccinations; some don’t ensure immunity for two weeks. America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/travel) suggests immunisations including the following as routine for adults, in addition to routine childhood vaccines.
If you're travelling further afield from Cape Town in South Africa, the CDC suggests the following, depending on the areas to be visited:
Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP or 'yellow card'), listing all the vaccinations you’ve received.