Health & Safe Travel

Keeping healthy and safe when travelling in Cape Town. View in-depth Cape Town Safety Tips  PDF version; Download General Advice High-quality tap (faucet) water is available across the city and it…

Keeping healthy and safe when travelling in Cape Town.

View in-depth Cape Town Safety Tips  PDF version; Download

General Advice

High-quality tap (faucet) water is available across the city and it is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.

The quality of the food is excellent, and Cape Town has some of the top restaurants in the world.

We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm.

Medical

Medical facilities in Cape Town are world-class. There is an excellent network of both state and private hospitals.

If you’re an adult, you won’t need any inoculations unless you’re travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in the country.

Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Cape Town is a malaria-free area.

Emergencies

Cape Town Tourism in partnership with Protection and Emergency Services run a successful Visitor Support Programme to assist you further, should you be involved in an incident. For more information, contact Sonya Bell by phoning +27 21 487 6800 or sending an email to sonya@capetown.travel

Safety In Table Mountain National Park

Cape Town Tourism recommends the use of a qualified mountain guide should you wish to explore Table Mountain National Park on foot. Alternatively, make sure you take a Table Mountain map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends and a charged cell phone (mobile).

Make sure you are also prepared for weather that can change rapidly; bring sunblock and something warm to wear.

Start heading back well before dark and keep to demarcated paths.

Save the following emergency number on your cell phone before you begin your hike: +27 861 106 417.

To book a guide, phone the Contact Centre on 0861 322 223.