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Moving to Wilderness, South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Moving to Wilderness, South Africa? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Wilderness.

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What do I need to know before moving to Wilderness?

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

"Wilderness is a small coastal town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, known for its beautiful beaches and national parks. Before moving there, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Afrikaans, although English is also widely spoken. The cost of living is relatively low compared to larger cities in South Africa, but it's important to have a reliable source of income as job opportunities can be limited. The town has a slow, relaxed pace of life which is perfect for retirees or those looking for a peaceful lifestyle. The climate is mild and temperate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. It's important to note that Wilderness is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak holiday seasons. Healthcare facilities in Wilderness are limited, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to the nearby city of George. The crime rate is relatively low, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Wilderness is known for its outdoor activities, including hiking, bird watching, and water sports, so it's a great place for nature lovers. The town has a close-knit community and it's easy to get to know locals and other expats. Public transportation is not very reliable, so having a car is almost essential. Lastly, while South Africa has a complex history with racial tensions, Wilderness is generally welcoming to foreigners and expats. However, it's important to approach cultural differences with respect and understanding," replied a member in Wilderness.

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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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