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Where to work in Africa


by @mustarda5yr  | 12 comments

Hi Everyone! I trying to decide my next working base for 3/6 months in Africa, and my shortlist is Mocambique, South Africa and Namibia. What do you guys think/sugest?

Thanks

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@yanokwa4yr

Hi @joaomreis! In 2016, @lognaturel and I nomaded in South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ghana, and Senegal. Outside of that, Iโ€™ve spent a time in Rwanda, Uganda, Cameroon, South Sudan, and DR Congo.

Of all those places, my favorite place to be as a nomad is Nairobi. Itโ€™s a dynamic city, with great Internet, and lots of stuff to do (safari, beaches, meetups, etc). It really feels like Africaโ€™s Silicon Valley.

Cape Town is equally great, but the Internet isnโ€™t amazing. The Wi-Fi at the places I stayed were generally 3.5 Mbps down and .3 Mbps . See my post with all the numbers at https://www.reddit.com/r/digitalnomad/comments/666j1p/any_current_reports_on_internet_in_cape_town/dggzpz8 for more on that. Also, Cape Town often feels like Europe, so that may or may not be what you are looking for.

Kigali is nice, but a little too small and calm for my tastes. Zanzibar is a great vacation destination, but I think youโ€™d go a little stir-crazy after a few weeks.

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@mustarda4yr

Hi @yanokwa!!! Many thanks for all insights. When one looks to nomadlist costs of living CPT is almost 3k a month and Nairobi is less than a 1k! Do you agree with both?

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@yanokwa4yr

@joaomreis Depends on your tastes. Look on Airbnb to see what the pricing looks like for your tastes.

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@simonl5yr

Iโ€™m from South Africa and its a really diverse and beautiful country. Most accommodation and coffee shops have good free wifi in metro areas. Coverage and speed on a local SIM is also good in most places and quite affordable.

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@mustarda5yr

So SIM Internet is not terribly expensive?

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@simonl4yr

Not expensive is always relative to which country youโ€™re from and what currency you earn. You can make up your mind below.

R1 = $0.08

Hereโ€™s a current price schedule from the biggest service provider with the most coverage in the country - Iโ€™d recommend this one out of the 4 main players.

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@mustarda4yr

Thatยดs not expensive for me!!! And with your experience is the speed in central CPT for example good enough for flawless skype conference calls?

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@simonl4yr

You shouldnt have issues in CPT city generally. Youโ€™re still at the mercy of the typical potential challenges of using a mobile connection vs fixed line - but these apply in any country and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re already aware of this.

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Though i havenโ€™t yet had the chance to visit, iโ€™ve heard amazing things about Zanzibar. Definitely worth a look at imo.

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Hi!

Iโ€™ve lived in Kigali, Rwanda for seven years and Iโ€™d definitely suggest having a think about basing yourself here. Itโ€™s a really great place. The weather is perfect, lots of interesting people, lots of opportunity for business, and visas are pretty easy to get.

Kigali itself is getting a lot more interesting, too! Itโ€™s changed a bunch since I first arrived in 2010. Take a look at Impact Hub, Kigaliโ€™s co-working space and you could look up my website โ€˜Living in Kigaliโ€™ for a really good overview of live in the city. Lots to see and do in Rwanda and the region as well. Itโ€™s a great country for mountain bikers!

Iโ€™d love to see more people look to African countries as a potential working nomad destination. Keep us posted on your experience!

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@mustarda5yr

Hi!!! thanks, I did not consider it at all but I already am a member of Impact Hub so thatยดs also a great plus. Will check your website, thanks for the info

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My pleasure! Let me know if you have any specific questions. My email is on the site. Cheers!

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Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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Iโ€™m unsure of the best way to handle things. Should I try get another bank account outside of SA (Can I even do that)? I also have a British Passport if that makes a difference.

If any of you have any experienced advice I would be very grateful, Thanks in advance!

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Soโ€ฆ common sense says that the best places to work are those with good, fast, stable WiFi connections. At the same time, the thing I like best about my location independence is the ability to spend long stretches of time in places I wouldnโ€™t normally get to spend much time in. So Iโ€™m determined to make West and Central Africa happen in 2017, specifically Benin, Togo, Senegal, Cote dโ€™Ivoire, Gabon, Rwanda and Congo-Brazzaville. (And a month off in the DRC, but the latter will just be an offline holiday.)

If anyone has any experience with the reliability of the Internet in the region and the availability of data SIM cards in any of the countries Iโ€™ve mentioned, Iโ€™d be super grateful about insights, tipps and heads-ups, AirBnB recommendations, et cetera. I know itโ€™s not going to be a fast, luxurious, spotless connection for most of the time, and thatโ€™s fine, I just need it to be mostly reliable, speed is secondary.

Thanks :slight_smile:

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Any other outdoor enthusiasts / adventurers like to meet up? (Central America & South Africa)


in South Africa by @jakegibson5yr 5 years ago | 0 comments

Till November I have a house in Costa Rica with extra beds. Learning to surf but interested doing some climbing, rafting, hiking.

After November mostly likely Cape Town South Africa for a few months, getting my pilots license but also interested in motorcycle tours, surfing, anything else outdoors.

After that will be looking for a sailing adventureโ€ฆ

I already watch meetup, but am always looking outdoor enthusiasts who are up for more than the casual hike. Anyone in those areas want to plan something? Or do you have a site besides meetup you use?

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by @naii6yr 5 years ago | 5 comments

Iโ€™ll be in Portugal in June and think about exploring North Africa โ€” for the first time: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt.

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