Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
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Destination Information for South Africa
The vast and diverse country of South Africa sits on the Southernmost tip of the African continent. With 11 official languages, the strongest economy in Africa and spectacular scenery and wildlife, it’s no wonder that South Africa is the destination of choice for almost 10 million tourists and holidaymakers every year.
While not the official capital, Cape Town is the country’s ‘mother city’ and the gateway to South Africa for many visitors. Its host to world-famous landmarks such as Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, along with vineyards, fine dining, great nightlife and amazing beaches. If you’re exploring more of the country, head also to Johannesburg and Durban, two other popular cities. There are more than 20 national parks in South Africa, the oldest, largest and most well-known is Kruger, a popular tourist destination in the North of the country where you can see the best of African flora and fauna in well-maintained yet unspoilt conditions. Roads and transport links are good, so it is easy to travel around the country.
If you’re planning a holiday to South Africa, it’s advisable to work on an itinerary for your trip, as there is so much on offer. A few days sampling beach life, a week-long safari or a long-weekend of city culture – it is possible to pack it all into your break, but you’ll need to be organised and decide on your priorities. For tourists headed to the west, the warmer months from November to April will be the most comfortable, but if your base is inland, cooler may be better, which is from May to October.
Whether you are getting in touch with nature or exploring lively cities, it is advisable to get vaccinated before you leave for South Africa. Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus is recommended for all visitors; however, your itinerary may increase other risks such Rabies, Hepatitis B, and in some cases Cholera. Please book a consultation at a travel clinic to ensure you are fully informed.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
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