South Africa
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Why consider South Africa for elective surgery?

South Africa has been considered a world leader in medicine since the first human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town in 1967 and today the high standard of surgery in South Africa is internationally renowned.

Many of the private clinics and hospitals are located in the salubrious areas of Johannesburg, as well as in Cape Town. First class surgeons work to extremely high standards in clinics, yet offer procedures at a fraction of the cost of European and US centres. It’s not surprising then that more and more tourists are taking advantage of this and combining their elective surgery in South Africa with a holiday in this inspiring and beautiful country.

Medical tourists might choose to soak up the sun in the Western Cape or take a safari to explore Africa's exotic wildlife and nature reserves. Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with something for everyone; mountains, beaches, and stunning scenery. Take a hike into the mountains, a tour of the wineries, or urban lovers can simply soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city or its small country towns.

The Western Cape has a climate similar to the Mediterranean while the rest of the country gets very hot summers and cold, bright, winters. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit to enjoy the country’s very pleasant temperatures. With the option of combining top class surgeons and state-of-the-art surgical clinics with extremely attractive savings, there’s little wonder that medical tourists from all over the world are choosing to have their surgery and safari in South Africa.

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