Nip and Tuck and Safari Deal
Forget Africa’s big game or unspoiled scenery. More and more foreign tourists are coming to South Africa for a little nip and tuck at the country’s private hospitals, with a safari on the side.
Joyce Kramer-Cox travelled 12 hours from London to undergo a tummy tuck, Nose job and eyelid surgery with Surgeon and Safari – “ After a lot of research on the internet, I settled for South Africa. I loved the rates and the recuperation deal offered to me,” said the 54 year old high school drama teacher. “It is no doubt that I would have [aid more in my home country, and I got a chance to see the country while recovering. I also liked the feeling of coming back home after a holiday and people notice more than just my tan,” said Kramer-Cox mother to a 13 year old boy.
Tour operators say the long holiday lets them recover in seclusion, returning home only once they have recovered.
“Medical safaris are a growing phenomenon, thanks to the country’s private hospitals that offer quality services that are on a par with other hospitals in Europe,” said Lorraine Melvill, founder and owner of Surgeon and Safari in Johannesburg. South Africa’s reputation for affordable, specialized medical care has steadily risen since the mid-1990’s. She said South Africa was competing with other emerging economies like India, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand and Costa Ricco, which are already major players in medical tourism. “South Africa is a long-haul destination, so we are facing stiff competition from other countries,” she said.