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South Africa

South Africa is located in Southern Africa with a population of 47.4 million people. South Africa has abundance of offers to keep everyone and anyone enthralled; with its unforgettable scenery and renowned wild game viewing of the interior; to the rugged coastlines, tranquil vineyards, and cosmopolitan cities such as Johannesburg. South Africa is a formidable player in the Medical Tourism industry due to its internationally recognized medical specialists. South Africa has several official languages, which reflects the diversity of its inhabitants, these being Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.

Medical tourism

The most popular areas of treatment for medical tourists in South Africa are Cardiology, Cosmetics, Dental, Eye, Infertility, Medical Spas, Neurology, Obesity and Orthopedics. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

South Africa has a very temperate climate and is great to visit any time of the year. Winter (June through to September) is usually mild, with some snow falling only in the mountain ranges, and is the best time for outdoor activities and wildlife watching. Summer can bring almost tropical weather to the coast, and occasionally some hot and uncomfortable days. Mid-December to January is the South African school holidays, which, combined with the foreign tourist crowd, can make for busy times at the beach.

Money and costs

The national currency for South Africa is the Rand (ZAR, symbol R). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.

Visas

Visas are not required by tourists from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and most of Europe for stays of up to 90 days. After entry, extension of stay may be sought from the Department of Home Affairs.

Getting there

Johannesburg is not only the central gateway for South Africa, but also the major hub for Africa itself. International flights from most major parts of the world will connect with Johannesburg. However some travellers may still have to change flights in Europe before continuing on to South Africa. Cape Town International Airport also receives direct flights from Europe. Some of the many airlines that fly in/out of South Africa are South African Airways, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.

Dialling codes

To call South Africa, the country dialling code is +27.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on South Africa at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​south-africa

South Africa Tourism - www.southafrica.net

South Africa Embassy in the UK - southafrica.embassyhomepage.com

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011