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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 25, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to South Africa for its diverse culture, beautiful landscapes, and relatively low cost of living. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in South Africa are Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. People looking for a place to live in South Africa can search online for rental properties, contact real estate agents, or look for shared housing options.

What do I need to know before moving to South Africa?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to South Africa, they said:

"Before moving to South Africa, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs. It is also important to research the cost of living in the area they are moving to, as well as the availability of housing and other amenities. Expats should also make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits before their move. Additionally, expats should be aware of the crime rate in the area they are moving to and take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Lastly, expats should make sure to have access to quality healthcare and medical insurance," remarked one expat in South Africa.

"Use an estate agent. But, more importantly, ask other people who live there. That is how we found our community and we really love it. The pace of life and the weather here are wonderful!!!," said one expat in Johannesburg.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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