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Where to work in Africa


by @mustarda | 3yr  | 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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@yanokwa | 3yr

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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@mustarda | 3yr

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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@yanokwa | 3yr

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

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@simonl | 3yr

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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@mustarda | 3yr

So SIM Internet is not terribly expensive?

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@simonl | 3yr

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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@mustarda | 3yr

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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@simonl | 3yr

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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@mahmoudswehli | 3yr

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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@travoholic | 3yr

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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@mustarda | 3yr

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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@travoholic | 3yr

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.

I will be mostly based in Serbia but plan on travelling a lot. Does anyone have any advice on the best bank account to have? Is there a way to not get charged a small fortune in ATM charges and avoid getting my account frozen for using it in lots of countries?

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Hi nomads! Iโ€™m headed to Tanzania in mid-July and working my way down to Cape Town over about 2.5 months. Itโ€™s my first time in the region. Any tips or warnings for typical nomad concerns in Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa?

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

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

If youโ€™ve beee there: How safe did you feel working remotely there?

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