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South Africa

Republic of South Africa/Republiek van Suid-Afrika

Region: Africa

Area: 1219,09 thous. sq. km

Capital: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)

Major cities: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria

Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Languages spoken: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu

Religion: Orthodox Christians

Local time: GMT+02

Calling code: +27

Currency: rand

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Visa: not required for EU, US, Israel, and Japan nationals for a stay up to 90 days; required for CIS citizens. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/south_africa_visa.htm

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International Airports (cities): Cape Town, Durban

South Africa’s tradition in medical innovation is world-renowned. The country attracts foreign patients for numerous procedures and in particular for a variety of cosmetic and dental procedures. Dental surgery and tooth implants, eye surgery and laser treatments, and fertility treatments are popular with foreign visitors as well. South Africa offers the excellent private clinics and the reasonable prices.

Recommended time for treatment: September-November, April, May.

Clinics:

The territory of South Africa is thickly interspersed with hundreds of resorts, rehabilitation centres, and prime class spa hotels. Citizens of the USA, Western European and CIS countries combine tours round the most scenic Cape Town and its suburbs with rejuvenation procedures at the country’s resorts.

Each region of the country offers both luxury resorts and sanatoria, and also health centres at a much lower price. As a rule, luxury 5-star resorts gravitate towards such metropolises as Johannesburg and Cape Town. These regions are renowned for ancient traditions in the sphere of recovery. Less touted, but no less convenient resorts are situated outside of the city line in the mountain area. These very rehabilitation centres and spa resorts in the distant areas of the SAR attract visitors by the possibility to bask in their thermal springs. Healing properties of such hot mineral fountains were revealed right after their discovery at the end of the XIX century, their water to these days containing healthful carbonates, chlorides, and sulphates. Its temperature reaches 40 degrees at times, and its therapeutic properties create lightness in the organism relieving it from toxins and stimulating blood circulation.

Many spa centres of South Africa offer state-of-the-art methods in the field of wholistic (complex) medicine, which embraces acupuncture, homeopathy, and aromatherapy. Each person desiring to undergo a recovery course or improve health may be assured that in the course of the body and soul healing procedure every moment will be delightful.

Many sanatoria are established on the basis of safari huts, their location allow a spa tourist to enjoy the view of African tangles from the window of a massage or cosmetic room equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. The unity with the unique environment created by African resorts help many people regain peace of mind and the feeling of “having a rest at the end of the world”.

Vastly popular is also the therapy based on African indigenous recipes. It comprises various procedures applying a range of exotic mixes and oils produced from African plants. Usually the list of ingredients of such spa procedures includes African potato and Marula oil (natural antioxidant). The therapeutic properties of plants growing on the African continent were long used by local medicine men and healers. They were the first to discover their invigorating, calming, and rejuvenative functions.

3*- from €80;

4*- from €100;

5*- from €120.

Potjiekos (meat and vegetable stew), Droëwors (dry sausage), Bobotie (meat loaf served with raisons and banana slices).

Table Mountain (is 1087m high and is the second after Cape of Good Hope natural attraction of Cape Town being listed in world’s top-ten tourist attractions), Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (built in 1860 the waterfront is now trade and amusement centre with oceanarium, IMAX movie theater, museums, and souvenir shops), Robben Island (place of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment from 1962 to 1990 8km away from the mainland), the National Cultural History Museum (the museum in Pretoria including farms, Victorian style homes, African art museum and even the exhibition in volcano crater), Cape of Good Hope, Kruger National Park (the largest 360km long reservation of wild life in South Africa).

Cullinan Diamond Mine (home to the biggest diamond found my man), Soweto (the neighbourhood in southeast of Johannesburg, former compulsory place of residence of African people during the apartheid period; home to 4 million people of low life, informal bars, and churches; for safety reasons organized tours only), Wonder Caves (site of Australopithecus africanus discovery), Modjadji Forest  (the world’s largest collection of cycads).

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