South Africa occupies the southern extremity of the African plateau and covers 1.25 million sq kms. The country divides into three main zones: the interior African Plateau extending northwards to form part of the semi-arid Kalahari Basin, the rugged semi-circular Great Escarpment bordering the plateau and rising north-eastwards to form the Drakensberg Range, and the peripheral coastal plains forming narrow, fertile lowland, strips in the west, south and east.

The climate is temperate with plentiful sunshine and good annual average rainfall. The warm Mozambique current promotes rich vegetation and high temperatures along the Natal coast. The west coast is drier. Further north is desert. Summer temperatures vary between 21°C and 24°C in January and cooler in winter, averaging 11°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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