To avoid complications during your entry into and exit from South Africa, it may be in your best interest to receive the Yellow Fever vaccination. Protection against other illnesses is a good idea in order to protect yourself from diseases your body is not accustomed to.
Check for ticks
Ticks carry many illnesses found in South Africa. Checking for bites and embedded ticks especially in the northeast and eastern costal regions will allow you to get the medical attention you need and help reduce your risk of developing a serious illness.
The sun’s rays can be very strong in South Africa. Be sure to apply sunscreen in the morning and re-apply throughout the day. Avoiding bad sunburn will keep you out of your hotel room and out exploring the city.
HIV/AIDS is a major public health concern throughout South Africa, with one of the highest rates of infection in the world. Travelers must acknowledge these risks and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from infection.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
The long flight to South Africa from the United States can leave you susceptible to risk of developing blood clots in your legs. The best way to prevent this is to walk around the plane throughout the trip, stretch, and, if needed, use compression socks to prevent swelling from the onset.