Safety and Precautions

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Safety and Precautions

The Eastern Cape is malaria-free, and the climate is generally healthy. The tap water in the deep rural areas may be a bit dicey, but it's fine in the cities and towns. Avoid driving east of Grahamstown at night: the roads are unfenced and animals wander onto—or even sleep on—the warm tarmac, which is a serious hazard. Be sure to bring protection against sunburn, and be careful swimming in the sea. The Wild Coast beaches don't have lifeguards.

In case of an emergency, call the general emergencies number. For vehicle breakdown, call your car-rental company. If your car is not a rental, call the Automobile Association (AA). If you need an emergency pharmacist, ask at your hotel.

Emergency Services

Automobile Association. 083/84322.

General Emergencies. 10111 from landline; 112 from mobile phone.

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