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HEALTH

Malaria

Malaria Hotline +27 (0) 82 234 1800

Malaria Website

  • Greater Kruger Private Parks and Lodges are located within a malaria zone.
  • Consult your travel doctor about recommended oral prophylaxis.
  • Whether you decide to take oral prophylaxis or not, it is necessary to take precautions all year round:
  • Use mosquito repellent especially after dark and on guided walks.
  • Wear long pants, light long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes at night.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas.
  • It is advisable to seek specific medical advice if you are pregnant.

Finding a Hospital, Doctor or Dentist

  • General practitioner consulting rooms are located at Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park.
  • South Africa has a well-developed heath system.
  • Excellent hospitals in the large cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • Public hospitals are often very busy and full.
  • Wealthy locals and visitors tend to favour the private medical centres with standards rivaling those in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Look in the Yellow pages under Medical Practitioners, ask your hotel manager, ask the local pharmacist.
  • Two leading private hospital companies are:
  • NETCARE (tel: 082-911 for emergencies), http://www.netcare.co.za.
  • MEDICLINIC (tel: 021 809 6500), http://www.mediclinic.co.za.

Major Hospitals

  • Cape Town - Groote Schuur (Main Road, Observatory). Telephone: 021 404 9111.
  • Johannesburg - Johannesburg Central (Jubilee Rd. Parktown). Telephone: 011 488 4911.
  • Pretoria - Academic Hospital (Dr. Savage Rd. Prinshof). Telephone: 012 354 1000.
  • Nelspruit - Medi Clinic (1 Louise Street, Sonheuwel). Telephone: 013 759 0645, GPS Coordinates: 25° 29' 36.42'' S 30° 57' 45.0'' E.
  • It is recommended that you include emergency evacuation on your travel insurance policy.

Health Tips:

  • Visit your local travel doctor for information & medication for diseases like malaria, cholera, tuberculosis and typhoid.
  • Have a dental check before you leave.
  • Know your blood group.
  • Ensure your Medic-Alert bracelet is current if you have one.
  • Follow health practices on long-haul flights (Do the stretch exercises, drink water not alcohol, wear elastic flight socks etc.).
  • Most common illnesses in South Africa apart from Malaria are diarrhoea, sunstroke and sunburn.
  • Avoid eating hot food from roadside stalls, eat fruits you can peel, drink bottled water if not sure of the water safety in your camp.
  • Protect yourself against sun damage: wear a sunhat, loose cotton clothing and sunscreen, always keep a bottle of water with you.
  • Bilharzia is a water-born parasitic disease found in some areas. Don't paddle or swim in fresh water without finding out if it is infected.
  • Beware of hippos and crocodiles in rivers and around riverbeds.
  • Rabies is a risk in wilderness areas. Avoid animals (particularly dogs and monkeys) that seem too friendly or come too close.
  • Take precautions against HIV / AIDS.
  • Treat even minor grazes with caution - you may not be immune to parasites and poisonous plants found in S.A.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Emergency Numbers

  • Police and fire Tel: 10111.
  • Ambulance Tel: 10177.
  • From mobile for all emergencies Tel: 112.
  • Tourism Information and Safety Call Line Tel: 083 123 2345.

Outside the wildlife reserves

  • Never carry more cash than needed and place all valuables in the hotel/Lodge safe.
  • On arrival at the airport, look confident and take a recognized taxi to your hotel.
  • Avoid looking like a tourist - keep expensive cameras hidden and not around your neck.
  • Expensive jewelry should be left at home.
  • Handbags should be carried diagonally across your shoulder.
  • Follow local advice and travel advisories about safe places to walk and visit.
  • Avoid walking in unlit areas or around cities late at night - take a taxi.
  • Avoid beaches at night.
  • Be aware of ploys to distract your attention or people invading your personal space.
  • Don't accept help at ATMs.
  • Take your mobile/cell phone with you always in case of emergency.
  • Keep car windows closed and doors locked particularly at traffic lights and stop streets.
  • Be wary of street vendors selling wares or doing questionnaires at stop streets.
  • Do not travel alone at night (females especially) or hitchhike.
  • Women should consider dressing more conservatively in rural or quieter areas as a protection against unwanted attention.

Lost or Stolen Property

  • Passport. Keep a copy or note of your passport number in a separate place from your passport holder. If you lose your passport - report it immediately to the police and then contact your embassy or consulate.
  • The Tourist Assistance Unit of the S.A. police will help with processing a report.
  • Tourism Information and Safety Call Line tel: 083 123 2345.
  • Valuables. Inform the police if items are stolen and obtain a signed, dated and stamped copy of the statement for the Insurance Co. Inform your Travel Insurance Company as soon as possible.
  • Stolen travelers cheques must be reported to the issuing company.

Safe Driving

  • Cars drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Observe speed limit at all times - they change frequently, even on freeways.
  • Carry your driver's license on you when driving
  • Some secondary roads are potholed - keep alert.
  • Rural towns and schools surround Kruger.
  • Most roads do not have pedestrian or bicycle lanes.
  • Keep an eye out for animals, school children, pedestrians and bicycles on the road.
  • Satellite Navigation Systems are invaluable. They can be hired at major car hire companies.
  • If you do not have Sat Nav, keep a map of the area in the car.
  • Fill up with petrol at large, well known petrol stations. This is often a good place for a stretch, toilet stop and even a snack.
  • Keep one person in the car whilst it is being refueled to keep an eye on luggage.
  • Lock the car and keep it in sight when eating at a snack stop.
  • Do not stop at designated picnic stops on the way - they are no longer as safe as they once were.
  • Keep valuables out of sight when traveling in the car, with doors and windows locked especially in built-up areas.

Safety on Safari

Dressing for a safari

  • Light clothing repels mosquitos more than black.
  • Keep whites to a minimum, as white attracts certain bugs at night.
  • Pack light neutral-coloured clothing.
  • Preferably not blue jeans - same blue as tsetse fly bait.
  • Greens and khaki (not white or bright colours) essential for game walks.
  • Take a hot shower and soap all over after a game walk.
  • Spray insect repellent on shoes, socks and trousers up to knees before going on a game walk or evening drive.

Safety inside Private Wildlife Reserves & Kruger National Park

  • It is strictly forbidden to feed wild animals.
  • Do not alight from your car unless it is a designated area. Wild animals are dangerous.
  • Never leave your car to search for help if it breaks down. Rangers will search for you if you fail to return after dark.
  • Keep to speed limits within the park.
  • Shake out all clothing or bedding left on the ground before using it.
  • If camping hang shoes upside down and shake gently before putting them on, or keep them in a bag or drawer overnight for added safety.
  • Keep extra water in the car in case of emergency.
  • Close car and room windows and doors when you leave to keep animals out.
  • Read park rules before entering.

 

 

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