Medical Tourism in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most popular medical tourism destinations in the world. Though famous for its natural beauty and numerous attractions, South Africa offers affordable medical treatments conducted by leading doctors in world-class facilities. Surgeon Christiaan Barnard put the country on the map whilst paving the way for continued medical excellence when he performed the first heart transplant on South African shores.

Why do so many people choose to combine medical treatments with a stay in South Africa?

Highly trained professionals working in modern hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment. South Africa boasts specialist doctors and surgeons with the highest international training and experience. Medical treatment in South Africa is of award-winning standards. Up and coming medical research has also brought new light on the medical advancements South African professionals are making in recent times.

No language barrier as English is widely spoken, especially in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The medical community you meet will be fluent, making communication simple. 

A high-class travel experience can be expected with world-class cuisine and wine, high-end hotels, ease of transportation and luxurious shopping opportunities- the makings of a cosmopolitan, friendly and laid back lifestyle.

No jet lag if travelling from the UK or Europe with many direct flights to the main cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flights are conveniently timed to reduce jet lag to little or none.

Affordability is a big factor. With the historically weak South African Rand currency, the procedures are available at a fraction of the cost of treatments in the US, Europe, UK and Australia.

Time to relax before or after your treatment. South Africa has numerous options to unwind and recover from a procedure. From safari trips to spa visits, the options are plenty.

Visiting Cape Town

Cape Town is admired globally, often as the world’s number 1 holiday destination*. It boasts stunning scenery, the iconic Table Mountain, pristine beaches, lush winelands, and sunshine almost all year round. Cape Town caters to a diverse range of tastes, budgets and preferences, making it an all-round favourite for many.  Aside from its natural wonders, Cape Town offers incredible landmarks, iconic musuems, unique shopping districts, extensive cuisines and a bustling nightlife. 

*Cape Town was voted Best City for 4 Consecutive Years by 75000 readers of The British Telegraph

Awarded the Conde Naste Readers’ Travel Awards 2016 for Best Overseas City for R

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Visiting Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s most diverse and energetic city. The city of gold, as it is often called, hosts a number of historically significant landmarks, cultural experiences and an abundance of shopping avenues. Most famously visited for its nearby game reserves It is a 3-4 hours from the world-famous Kruger Park and with games reserves such as Pilanesberg close to Sun City only 2.5 hours from central Johannesburg.

Johannesburg was voted one of Africa’s top 10 destinations on TripAdvisor in 2018. Maboneng, Johannesburg also appeared on Forbes’ 2018 list of 12 Coolest Neighbourhoods Around the World.

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