HIV infections are a ubiquitous problem in all of Africa. Tourists who practice safer sex and who do not take i.v. drugs have an extremely low risk of infection.


Alcoholic beverages can be bought in bottle stores. Wine can also be bought in the local supermarket - Sundays being the exception where no alcohol is sold!


Automatic Telling Machines are standard in most South African cities and towns. Withdrawals are possible with the client´s bank card as well as with the credit card, according to the daily limits of the home bank. Visa and Master Card are the most popular credit cards in South Africa. For personal transactions at a South African bank it is required to present a passport as documentation. It is advisable to consider beforehand that on weekends or prior to national holidays it may be the case that the ATM has run out of a sufficient cash supply. It is advisable to refrain from making a withdrawal when alone or in an insecure area. Do not accept "assistance" at the ATM! Manipulation of ATM´s is frequent - for example, the ATM is rigged in such a way that the bank card remains stuck, only to be dislodged later. In this case call the 24 hour emergency number which is listed on all ATM´s in South Africa.