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Hey, looking at travelling to Morocco, thinking of starting in Rabat and moving around major cities. Internet speeds dont look great on city ratings. I use video call to connect with my team. Any useful insights or workarounds?
Internet speed in Lagos, Nigeria and Luanda, Angola is also decent, but I didn't feel safe there. There are good housing options, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Libreville, Gabon was okay but boring and small city. Infra was not so great and didn't see much culture.

Internet speed in Conarky, Guinea was decent at a Airbnb I stayed, but it's quite chaotic and not much things to do.

Freetown, sierra Leon was great to stay for fun with great beaches, friendly locals, and chill vibe. But there was frequent power cut, and the internet was quite slow.

Monrovia, Liberia has really bad infra in general. The worst internet speed in West Africa so far. Very frequent power cut.

Sรฃo Tomรฉ has potential to be great DN city, but the infra still lacks. The internet was okay at 10Mb, but there was power cut everyday. I met a DN working full time without much problem.

Cotonou, Benin also has a great potential for DN city. The place I stayed had really bad internet and 3g speed was pretty bad. Not sure if other place has better internet. Great place to travel. Very chill people with rich culture.

Lome, Togo is a laid back African city like Benin. Infra was decent. Good 3g connection. Wifi at my hotel was not so good 5Mb down, but I think you can find a better option. Easy visa on arrival. Good flight connection.

Feel free to ask me a question.

I'll be going to Cameroon, CAR, Congo, DRC, Uganda, Rewanda, Burundi, and Mozambique for next two months. I'll add the report for those too.
Assume that 3G is default in Africa not 4G. Even if it's 3g or 4g, the speed might be slower than what you are used to, and they might have higher latency and packet drops.

Many hotels and Airbnb don't have broadband internet and often just have a 3g/4g modem with data limit.

Power cuts are part of life in most African countries even in developed cities like Abidjan. Most places have generator up as soon as the power goes down, but often it takes time to reestablish wifi or 3g connection.

Finding a good housing is challenging even in major cities. If you want to live in modern housing, it may cost more than Europe.

Africa is not cheap. It may cost more to live here than in most European cities.

Having a mifi helps as many any carriers have a tethering lock on your phone. Learn how to use data modestly.

If your job requires you to be on time with hours of zoom meetings or download GBs of data daily, it maybe challenging in Africa. Checking emails, watching video and occasional zoom meetings are okay in most major city.

Couchsurfing works well if you want to make friends. I don't use it for accommodation but for meeting up for coffee.
Amazing!! pmybsawvw thanks a lot for your reply, that made my decision clearer!
Zone 4 is great for restaurants and bars. Many modern condo housing.

Cocody is a good affluent residential neighborhood. Many restaurants as well. Not as many as zone 4.

Plateau is old commercial district downtown. Convenient location. Trench villa is also similar.

Grand bassam or port bouet if you wanna be close to a beach.

Thanks a lot for all your reports, they're very helpful! Cannot wait to hear about Congo DRC, it's my parent's country. I'm going there for the first time in July and I didn't plan to work there, but if the internet is decent, why not? And Rwanda looks like it has a great potential as digital nomad country, so I'll probably go as well. Can't wait to read more!
No problem! Africa deserve more visits and information on internet. So underrated.
๐Ÿ›ฌ xyiiumvwe just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Addis Ababa,Ethiopia, #africa
๐Ÿ›ฌ trykpwmqc just arrived in โ›ด Juba,South Sudan, #africa
Hey there ๐Ÿ™‚ my wife and I are planning to spend a couple of months in Dakar. We're looking at the airbnb prices and they seem ridiculously expensive. Does anyone have tips or websites that have reasonable prices for accomodation? Many thanks :)
I see Stripe is not available in Kenya. Are there any alternatives for sending invoices to users in Kenya?
How is the internet speed in Nairobi?
Good, i had regular video calls with no problems, I was staying in the westlands though, choose your neighborhood wisely
Dakar is expensive especially if you want to maintain standard of living from the west. I would try to get an Airbnb or Booking and negotiate the price. There's also a big expat community there so maybe reach out to them on FB group
Maybe payoneer?
๐Ÿ›ฌ yczutjcvl just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kampala,Uganda, #africa
jvjlpdtuc love your posts, how are you travelling? flying or other means?
Mostly flying and some land border on a shared taxi or moto taxi
note to self to check this out down the track :slightly_smiling_face:

<@U01G3EPEMT9> is Capo Verde good for learning Portuguese or do people prefer mostly Kriol?

which dance styles are the most popular? is it mostly Zouk or are Kizomba and Salsa etc common too?
We have a good portuguese teacher there who taught a lot of our community Portuguese from Portugal, she is good.
and much cheaper ๐Ÿ™‚
erlvoioyqfucu thanks for the reply! Cool, what's her name + does she have a website or anything I can check her out?
Hello !

Some people in Marrakech at this time ? I will arrive tomorrow ! ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ pponyuvkj just arrived in Swakopmund,Namibia, #africa
20 Mb down and 15M upload at this place in Kigali

Asian Kitchen

no website but several nomads learnt with her
After being in Kigali, Rwanda for few more days, I can definitely say that the restaurants and cafes here are much better than most of African cities I've been. Great food options for vegans too!

The internet is more consistent and reliable, meaning most places I go they have fast internet whereas other African cities it was hit or miss.

However, there have been power cuts almost once a day for 5 mins usually when there's a heavy rain
ogczhxhwv hey, just like to say that i appreciate your updates
mhpucuku Happy to hear. Thanks
๐Ÿ›ฌ ioijobnmoxrwp just arrived in ๐ŸŒต Dakar,Senegal, #africa
Congo is more than what you see in the media. It's not an easy place to travel, but this country is so big, diverse and energetic
Thing with internet I noticed in Africa.

Even with fast internet, Internet may get dropped, throttled or slow down for seconds or minutes.

Even with lte, the speed is sometimes slow and sometimes fast

Consistency and reliability are hard to come by
๐Ÿ›ฌ icjrhjlwneanoo just arrived in ๐Ÿ™ Mombasa,Kenya, #africa
For traveling in Africa, I get my info on Every Passport Stamp and West Africa Traveller Facebook group. There's a lot of information that's not available on the internet
East Congo (Bukavu and Goma) has a lot of expats and cool locals working for NGOs and mining sector. You can still get western comfort somehow
๐Ÿ›ฌ utbengsmw just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Kisangani,DR Congo, #africa
๐Ÿ›ฌ ykvkeoodl just arrived in ๐ŸŒ‡ Kinshasa,DR Congo, #africa
I was waiting for this one so much flag-cdflag-cd thank you!
DN life is definitely doable in Kinshasa. DRC was not as tough as I imagine it to be. Friendly locals, some hustlers, but not too aggressive.
I never felt unsafe in DRC
๐Ÿ›ฌ zxxlnxagh just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Nairobi,Kenya, #africa
Dude, thank you so much for these updates brotha! Any African city Iโ€™m thinking about visiting now I look at what you have to say about it haha. I appreciate it man!
Central African Republic. Forget about internet here ๐Ÿ˜‚ 3g connection couldn't even handle WhatsApp messages and calls.

But it's so beautiful and so unique. Nature there is prestige. Because it's so remote, there are things you can't see from other places.

Dzanga-Sanga national park was amazing. You can see up to 100s of elephants in their natural habitat, and camp out in the mirador.

The poorest country I've been, and the hardest country to travel so far.
Iโ€™m most likely going to Accra, I saw that you recommended a co-working space in Accra. Did they have backup generators for load-shedding do you know?
I didn't go to a coworking space in Accra nor I worked while I was there. I went to a coworking space in Dakar. But most facilities in big cities have generators usually. If it's an important call, I would use a 4g modem with a laptop since wifi needs time to establish a connection even when the backup generator runs immediately
Hell ya man, thanks
20Mb down / 10 Mb up in Hotel Washington in Addis Ababa!
Iโ€™ve been on a zoom call on both LTE and hotel wifi, and thereโ€™s no interruption for over an hour
Hello all. Iโ€™ll be staying in Antananarivo for a while. Anyone have some insights on where to go for supermarkets, restaurants, and so on?
๐Ÿ›ฌ fkwtbajozw just arrived in ๐Ÿ Freetown,Sierra Leone, #africa
๐Ÿ›ฌ zlvyyjjqyby just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Antananarivo,Madagascar, #africa
Really enjoying my stay in Freetown, Sierra Leone. There's a co-working hub downtown called Empower Africa guarantees speeds 500mb up and down. There's also a boutique Hotel in the same building. There's also Stafford lodge that's near the US embassy.
Anyone have recommendations for Cape Town? I need to find accommodations and a solid coworking space that's open 24/7
๐Ÿ˜ฒ 500mbps? Not 5mbps or 50mbps?
Lol 500
That's amazing!
๐Ÿ›ฌ klniygjsi just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Antananarivo,Madagascar, #africa
What's the best place to go in Africa after Cape Town? Ideas? ๐Ÿ’ก
Read above, there is a lot of recent information about many countries
Hi i wanna travel to ethiopia. Has anyone been there recently? is it good for remote work from there?
fiknbxmoh did you go to Kinshasa alone, did you need a driver? Did you feel unsafe at some point? My family and a tourism officer I met are saying that I am "crazy to go alone", "it's very dangerous, you can't trust no one, you can't use moto taxis, it's not like other African countries blablabla" so I'm starting to be a bit doubtful :thinking_face:. I specify that I ALWAYS travel alone and take moto taxis ๐Ÿ˜…
I was there recently. The internet is very poor especially outside of Addis. If you need a steady connection using video it would be difficult since it will be unreliable. If you donโ€™t often need that bandwidth and a little unreliability is ok, then youโ€™ll be ok
4G is the best youโ€™ll be able to do and there is only one telecom
Thanks for the response Mmm I see, i'm a web developer so i guess is not a good place to go, but maybe for 5 o 7 days is ok right? the situation of the country is ok? or there were war when you was there?
It's fine in Addis. I was there for work so I didn't need to go north. You can check the situation for other areas when you're there but my understanding is that it's only in Tigray
Nice, thanks for the answer !
hpmstbaz I traveled alone and used motor taxi all the time. I didn't feel unsafe, similar to other African cities. Moto taxi there was a bit unreliable and expensive, but there are taxis everywhere and you can hire a car for a day too. Kinshasa is really not bad. Much better than Lagos or Luanda.
gjlwtmmv stay in La Gombe area. It's well developed area. Most of places of interest is in La Gombe.
Yeah outside of Addis there is almost no internet or slow 3g connection only for WhatsApp and email. But lte in Addis is super fast and they have an unlimited plan at cheap price. I would work in Addis and fly out to check out different parts on the weekend. There's so much to see. I recommend Harar.
๐Ÿ›ฌ zeyzg just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Nairobi,Kenya, #africa
Nice! thanks for the answer jqniqoatu
I can confirm there's 4G in jigjiga
So there must be in Harar?
Harar is not a good place to get stuff done in the internet. Maybe you can stay at dire dawa and go to Harar if you are working
Going there this Thursday! Which SIM card to get? I'm using Google Fi, it seems it doesn't have coverage in Ethiopia. fckvuumwy tjqmhkdpa Thank you ๐Ÿ™
There's only one telcom in Ethiopia. You can get one at the airport. Ask to pay in local currency for a local plan.
Thanks a lot yttlewvkt my Airbnb will be there, so that's perfect. I took my ticket, I will be there next month, FINALLY :raised_hands::skin-tone-5::raised_hands::skin-tone-5::raised_hands::skin-tone-5:. Last question, did you ever need "Francs congolais"or did you pay for everything in dollars?
Yay super excited for you. Feel free to DM me if you have any question. Pretty much everything's priced in USD and you can withdraw usd at an atm. But for anything lower than 10 usd, Congo franc is used at a fixed rate. There are tons of money changers on the street changing at fixed rate. I usually changed $20 usd at a time.
๐Ÿ›ฌ zlwyqgzjpxi just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunis,Tunisia, #africa
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